• Bake (hanga or maru): traditional Japanese printing brushes made of horse or hog hair. Hanga bake have long handles, maru (round) bake resemble shoe brushes.
• Baren: The traditional printmaking "pad" that is used by manually pressing the inked block. and paper.
• Baren-suji: Impression marks made with a baren- intentional or not.
• Beta ban: A flat, consistent color block.
• Bokashi: A graduated color impression often seen in traditional ukiyo-e print backgrounds.
• Chūban: a print size about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 cm).
• Keyblock: Roughly, line blocks often containing color.
• Hanshita: The drawings used as a guide to later carving.
• Ita-bokashi: "block shading" a technique for producing gradation achieved by sanding or abrading the edges of the carving.
• Moku hanga: Japanese for woodblock prints.
• Nishiki-e: Multi-coloured woodblock printing.
• Nori: Paste to keep pigment in suspension made of rice, potato or tapioca.
• Ōban: a print size about 15½ by 10½ inches (39 by 26.5 cm).
• Sakura: Japanese cherry often used for woodblocks.
• Shin-hanga: "new prints"- refers 20th century woodblock printmaking revival often featuring layered color landscapes.
• Shina: Japanese basswood or lindenwood often used as easily-carved woodblocks.
• Sosaku-hanga: "self-prints"- prints that are designed, carved, and printed by the artist. A movement that became popular during post WWII Japan.
• Tokibo: or hakobi a small brush used to apply pigment to the block.
• Ukiyo-e: Literally, "floating pictures" referring to 17th>mid/late 19th century prints depicting secular subjects.
• Washi: traditional Japanese paper made from the bast fibers of the mulberry plant.
• Zokin: A small wooden block covered with cloth primarily used to print bokashis.
[+] For a more extensive list from M.I.T., go here
[+] For more information about the techniques of moku hanga, see www.woodblock.com and barenforum.org
2 thoughts on “More from my Woodblock Print Collection”
The one labelled ‘Artist Unknown – Rice Planting’ I have information on. I don’t know if you’re still trying to find out anything about it but I went to an auction a month back and got this Japanese art with that included. On the back of the frame was a lot of information about the artist and his life.
I’ll bet this is from Ohno Bakufu https://moonlitseaprints.com/inventory/mls2021178-ohno-bakufu-rice-planting/