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Japanese Water-based Woodcut Printmaking (Mokuhanga) with Lucy May Schofield £535, Early Bird £495 till AUGUST 16th

  • Tilton House Firle BN8 6LL (map)


This unique 4 day mid-week retreat is designed to both introduce people new to Japanese water-based woodblock printmaking 'Mokuhanga' and to build on existing skills for those already familiar with the technique. Exploring this captivating form of non-toxic printmaking in the relaxing and nature-rich environment of Tilton is in perfect harmony.

You are encouraged to spend time drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape and apply those ideas to create a multi-block woodblock print in the tradition of the beautiful Japanese Ukiyo-e prints of the Edo period. You will be guided through the mediative techniques of transferring your ideas to wood block, carving and clearing your lines, sharpening and maintaining your Japanese tools, preparing various mulberry papers 'kozo washi' in readiness to begin printing. Mokuhanga appears to be a simple technique, yet each stage of the process requires a slowing down and mindful approach. Printing with watercolour pigment and rice glue using a hand-help press 'Baren' means that this fascinating safe technique can be practiced easily at home. This workshop promises to develop your confidence in woodblock printmaking, deepening your understanding of this traditional process and exploring a contemporary approach in the hope of making exquisite prints in the future.

During your retreat you can expect to create a small colour reduction print to help you understand some of the processes of Mokuhanga, while going on to plan and carve multi-block plates. You will learn the various techniques for printing woodblocks including creating a flat colour, 'sesame' effect, stunning gradations of colour and embossing. You will also have the chance to enjoy the locale outside of your practice, either by relaxing in a hammock, walking the Downs, visiting Charleston, enjoying a holistic massage or unwinding in the cedar wood sauna.


Lucy has taught printmaking and book arts workshops in the UK since 2007. She spent two years living in Japan where she fell in love with the Mokuhanga print process and paper making. She last ran a retreat at Tilton House in the hot Summer of 2016 where students memorably carved their woodblocks in the garden overlooking the downs and created beautiful prints inspired by Tilton's magical surroundings. Lucy has recently returned from five months in Japan where she deepened her knowledge of Japanese printmaking during a residency at the foot of Mount Fuji, learning from master carvers and printers. She is passionate about making art that aligns with her environmental concerns and is committed to sharing her skills and knowledge with other makers.




+44 (0)7581 386137


From £535 for a single bed in a shared room/ £695 for a private room with en-suite.

EARLY BIRD OFFERS from £495 for bookings made before August 16th 2019.


'It surpassed my expectations. The location and accommodation was fabulous, the meals were incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. Tilton house made me feel relaxed and welcome. The Mokuhanga was challenging but rewarding. It’s a lovely process, very enjoyable and satisfactory, I really felt I learnt a lot. The people attending the course were fabulous company, supportive and funny. It felt like a really great group of people to spend time with. Lucy is a fabulous tutor, very enthusiastic, positive and encouraging, ensuring that everyone got help and attention, I felt completely supported in my endeavours.' - From the 2016 Mokuhanga retreat.