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Octopus Garden in yellow
Mokuhanga woodblocks on Japanese paperga
12x12 inches

Octopus Garden is a hand carved mokuhanga woodblock.

This unique piece is an original woodblock print, meticulously crafted through the intricate process of mokuhanga, a traditional Japanese wood carving and printing technique.
The level of dedication is evident as I painstakingly carved a sizable woodblock, carefully capturing the essence of my artistic vision. The transfer of the image to delicate mulberry paper was achieved through the tactile method of hand-rubbing, utilizing a bamboo baren to ensure precision.
Mokuhanga embodies a labor-intensive approach, where each print is a testament to the artistry involved in the hand-carving and the subsequent hand-rubbing of the prints. The use of watercolor inks adds a layer of depth and nuance to the final composition, infusing it with a unique character that can only be achieved through this meticulous process.

Title: Octopus Garden
Artist: Faith Stone
Medium: Mokuhanga woodblocks on Japanese paper
Size: 12x12 inches
Date: December 2023