Sumizuri-e Printmaking

The students in the 6th hour Art III course completed a study of the Japanese black and white woodblock printing method, “sumizuri-e,” by creating Japanese inspired prints from a panel of wood. “Sumi” literally means, “black-ink printed picture”; sumi is the name for black India ink. Hence sumizuri-e, a print done in black and white, although sometimes one finds shades of grey as well, as in Hokusai‘s famous and fabulous illustrated book, ‘100 Views of Fuji’. The first ukiyo-e prints were produced with this technique.

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