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Printmaking Supplies Japanese Printing Plates

Explore the Art Form Block Printing with Wooden Japanese Plates

Did you know? The first Japanese woodblock prints were used only with Sumi ink for more than 900 years.

Wooden Japanese printing plates are beautiful to use for mark making. They have a purity and rawness about them and are a fairly unique art supplies. Made from Shina Plywood that is sourced from the most northern part of Japan. This unique plywood is easy to cut and is 4mm thick. Our bamboo sheets are just as thick or even thicker. The Japanese printing block is paired beautifully with either waterbased Speedball inks or Charbonnel oil based printing inks. When testing your prints traditional Japon proofing paper is best, it is inexpensive, heavy-weight, smooth and is a creamy soft tone. It has great ink absorption and each and every intricate mark will show. Once you are happy with your proof all types of artist quality papers can be used to produce your final print. With a fully-fledged printmaking studio and professional printmakers in and out of our stores weekly we only recommended the brands and products that we as a creative team have tried ourselves. We are not sponsored to promote any of our products.

Whether you are embracing block printing for the first time, are an advanced student or a professional we have the art tools for you. If you are using wooden printing blocks as a single artistic creation or as part of a mixed media piece, we will have the supplies you need to bring your artwork to life and don't forget about our artist VIP membership.

Tip: If drawing isn’t your thing and you want to create your very own wood block print then find some graphite or tracing paper to transfer your image onto the printing block.

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