An Intermediate Mokulito (wood lithography) workshop was run on the 15th & 16th July 2017.
Mokulito is an eco-friendly, inexpensive printmaking method which utilises luan, marine or structural ply to produce prints reminiscent of wood blocks and lithographs. Discovered in Japan 15 years ago, the contemporary method was recently introduced in Queensland, Australia.
Participants worked on four print matrixes (structural ply) and applied gesso to imprint objects to create texture and/or to mask the wooden surface to create smooth/consistent areas for printing. Participants then drew on images using Sakura Solid Markers from Sekaido in Japan, and utilised gellatin/chrome alum crystal and gum arabic solutions to seal the plate. Participants printed these individually using pantone relief inks and watercolour paints.
Through removing the use of calcium caseinate/ammonia solution and exchanging marine ply for structural bracing plywood, changes from the beginners workshop, participants found their designs did not ‘lift’ or ‘wash away’ during the lithography process.
Many thanks to our tutor Dr Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura for sharing her knowledge and skills with us. We hope to see you in Toowoomba for more workshops in the coming years!
My thanks to participants for contributing images of their work.