We investigated the main styles used in Tenkoku seal engraving, such as tensho or inten, and ancient Chinese mysterious styles such as carved into animal bones or worked into metal, discovering how these were modified and cut into stone, or also brushed onto paper.

Exploring the inspiring styles of seal stampmaking

We then had time to work on our own designs and have guidance from Blair about particular kanji characters and the styles for those kanji.

student stamp

Participants looked for ways to bring the characters together on paper, with differing amounts of spacing, in preparation for carving in stone, or cutting into eraser with a craft knife (which is the easier method and a great way to start), and had lots of fun on paper exploring many possibilities to work from!

Our next online session by Zoom↓?

Monday 3rd May 7.00pm – 8.30pm UTC+1