The printmaker of "Takezasado" teaches.Making woodblock postcards
MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local) 2016.05.08 #4
Kenji TakenakaVIEW MORE
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Where we'll be
737 Shinkamanza-cho, Ayanokoji-dori Nishinotoin Higashi-iru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City
Takenaka woodblock printing that inherits the traditional woodblock printing technique of 1200 years in Kyoto. "Takezasado" is an antenna shop operated by Takenaka woodblock printing company. In woodblock printing, which is said to be the world's oldest printing technique, pictures and letters are engraved on a wooden board, paint is applied to the board, and then the paper is copied with Valen. All work is done manually. At Takezasado, many colorful and cute items utilizing woodblock printing techniques are also proposed.
Contents of Experience
This is a woodblock print postcard production experience where you can experience the sequence of woodblock prints called "paint" "carve" and "slide". The craftsman is very close to you and teaches you each process carefully. You can take home the carved printing blocks as well as printed postcards, so you can make postcards with woodblock prints at home. It's nice that you can use it for seasonal letters such as New Year's greeting cards in New Year's and summer's summer and late-summer greeting cards.
To design a picture and make a copy of it
Choose the one you want to carve from the motifs that are prepared in advance. Let's copy on the printing block using carbon paper. If it's simple, you can draw freely. There are limited motifs depending on the season!
Carve around a motif
Make a cut about 1mm outside the motif with a sharp wooden block. The trick is to cut firmly with a deep feeling in mind. Next, let's carve with a round sword with a round tip, leaving the part that is not covered with paint. While looking at the grain of the motif, please look at the direction that is easy to carve and proceed with carving so as not to get injured.
Carve deeper around
In order to make the motif stand out, we will carve deeper around it. From the motif to about 3 fingers, I deepened the gap so that the curve between the circumference and the motif became a curve, and the printing block was completed!
Make the color and put it on the block.
You put paint and glue on the finished printing block and stretch it with a brush using horse hair. The point is to use your wrist softly and stretch it with big movements. I'm glad that I can make my favorite color because I can mix colors.
Grind it on a postcard and it will be complete.
When the color is on the printing block, put the paper on top and grind it. You don't have to worry because you can try it before the actual performance and get the knack before the actual performance. Using a tool called balen, you move the balen from the top of the paper several times to the left and right. By printing 5 postcards in your favorite color, you can complete a picture postcard of woodblock print.
- Name of the activity
- Making woodblock postcards
- An adult：3,000 yen (tax included), High school students and younger children：2,700 yen (tax included)
- Time required
- 120 minutes
- Number of admissions
- 2 ~ 8 people
※ It is held on an irregular day, so please check it on the website or by phone.
※ Reservations required at least 3 days in advance.
- What to bring
- Available for elementary school students and older, not available in English
※ This link will direct you to a third-party site.
"Takezasado" A word from Mr. Takenaka, 5th Surishi.
The woodblock printing workshop is a program to let people enjoy woodblock printing. You can get the skills to make original woodblock print postcards with ease and familiarity. Learn the woodblock printing techniques inherited from Kyoto at Kyomachiya and experience the techniques that Japan is proud of.
Where is Mr. Kotaro Takenaka's favorite place...?
My recommendation is "Uebaeso" which is said to be the oldest paint dealer in Japan. At Takesasado, we ask for whitewash called (GOFUN) which is used for woodblock printing. Recently, the "whitewash nail" made of this whitewash, which does not use any organic solvent, has become a hot topic. It's about 5 minutes' walk from Takezasado.
579Toro-cho,Takatsuji-sagaru,Higashinotoin-doriStreet, himogyo Ward, Kyoto City
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