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Takuhon Trials

I have been having a glorious time recently, playing with a new (to me) form of printmaking - Takuhon. This printmaking technique is essentially the original, 3D printmaking technique! Devised by the Chinese and adopted in Japan, Takuhon is essentially an ink rubbing of an item.

The chosen object is covered with a thin, long fibre, Japanese paper and then "tamped" with a tampo (see photo) and rice water, dampening the paper and forming it to the surface of the item with gentle pressure. When almost dry, you can apply ink to the surface, which lifts detail. Due the structure of the paper, it holds its form, thereby creating a 3D print of the item.

It's a beautiful, gentle process, and one that I amenjoying getting acquainted with.


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