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Digital Studio: Japanese Woodblock Prints

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About the Japanese Woodblock Print Digital Studio

In this digital studio you have the ability to create your own Japanese woodblock print by adding and arranging stamps of traditional ukiyo-e imagery on a “paper” canvas. 

Watch the time-lapse making video for inspiration or check out the instructions and example images below.


Below are step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own print in the digital studio. For a quick guide on Japanese woodblock prints, check out the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page.

"Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Izutsuya Shinsuke" by Utagawa Toyokuni
  1. Click on the url to enter the digital studio:
  2. Start with the background. Click on the different backgrounds to see what environment you would like to place your stamps in
  3. Pick out what additional elements you would like to add and arrange them on the paper canvas
    • Landscapes: trees, water, boats, mountains, and more
    • Structures: houses, bridges, boats, and even swords
    • Figures: human figures in different poses and modes of action
    • Weather: rain and snow
  4. Once you have added all of the stamps that you would like to the paper, then it’s time to add a banner
    • Banners are where you can add your name and title later
  5. Download your artwork
  6. Print it out
  7. Sign and title your work on the banners

Having Trouble Getting Started?

Start with the provided landscape background and add other outdoor elements, like in the example to the left.

Or, think outside of the box! You do not have to follow traditional woodblock print style. Add figures upside down, make a great wave emerge from a snow covered hut. Be courageous with your creativity!


The works featured below were created by K-12 students and adults using the Japanese Woodblock Print Digital Studio. We’d love to see what you’ve made as well!

Simply use the submission form below to submit your work of art.



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