12 July 2005
Bokashi - Gradation Printing
As Tom Kristensen suggested doing in a comment a few days ago, I wanted to try adding some heavier color along the bottom of this print. This type of inking is called bokashi. The result you see here looks a little heavier than this novice intended, but the basic method is to lay down some paste and/or water where the "clear" edge of the fade will be, put some ink at the darkest end of the gradation, and wipe the maru bake (inking brush) back and forth to mix the two as desired. Alternately, you can put paste at one end of the brush and ink at the other end and apply it to the block.
For further explanation and instructions, read this entry by printmaker David Bull in the Baren Encyclopedia.