Alfred Stark is creating Moku Hanga, Woodblock Prints
6

patrons

$33
per month
My name is Alfred Stark.  I am a woodblock printmaker with a love for creating Moku Hanga, Japanese-style woodblock prints. Through Moku Hanga, I am able to pare down and express what I find essentially beautiful about the natural landscapes, flora, fauna and faces I love to draw.  

Moku (wood) Hanga (print) is a simple method to make woodblock prints using a brush, baren, fine grain wood, Japanese paper (washi), water based ink and a few sharp carving tools;  no large, complex printing presses, oil based inks or toxic chemicals are needed.
  
To create a Moku Hanga print, simply brush watercolor and rice paste onto a carved wood block, slowly lay a sheet of paper over the top and burnish the back with a rubbing tool, or a Japanese disc baren.  Seeing the printed image slowly seep through the back of the paper as it is rubbed is my favorite part of the process.  After rubbing, carefully lift the paper to reveal your Japanese-style woodblock print!  Printing with a brush, watercolor and baren yields delicate, subtle effects that would be very hard to duplicate through other printmaking mediums.  I love the hands-on, direct and nuanced nature of this process.

I love to teach Moku Hanga.  Currently I give workshops at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point Wisconsin and at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay Wisconsin.  Being able to share what I have learned about this art form is very important to me and through Patreon I am hoping to expand my teaching opportunities to include as many students as possible.

Parks, preserves and wild spaces are critical for our collective health.  They are also quickly disappearing.  My favorite subject might be a small warbler hunting for larvae in a vernal pond, a carpet of Kalm's Lobelia blooming by the dozen across a sandy bog, or Blue Herons scooping up fish from an impossibly fast waterfall.  Whether large or small, the wild spaces that surround us offer lifetimes of discovery and observable beauty perfect for sharing through woodblock printmaking.
  
I will be exploring these parks, preserves and all around "wild spaces" to highlight in my journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  With a monthly membership you will have access to these  field notes and sketches, as well as info about upcoming projects and teaching engagements.  I will also be highlighting fellow woodblock print artists whose work I admire.

I also have an infatuation with building and teaching about Japanese kites (tako).  Ever since I discovered the book, "The Art of the Japanese Kite" by Tal Streeter, I have been driven to discover how these beautiful flying sculptures are made.  Seeing what was once just a handful of sticks and a piece of paper soaring hundreds of feet in the air is very satisfying.  Kite flying is a mindful way to experience nature as well.  A kite in the sky is a punctuation mark to the world around it.  Fly a kite and you will begin to notice birds passing by, fluctuations in the breeze, the changing colors of  trees and sky; it can be very mesmerizing and meditative.

Through Patreon, I am hoping to earn the freedom to create woodblock prints, teach others about Moku Hanga and to become a better, more productive artist.  Your monthly membership will help me do all these things.  Time to create is not cheap, I value every opportunity to focus on being a productive artist, however, this drive is often at odds with the need for a steady income.  If you like what I do and would like to see more of it, you can play a vital role in providing the opportunities I need to create and share my work.  Most importantly, I will be able to share it all with you!

Currently you can find my work at:

www.alfredstark.com
www.alfredstark.etsy.com
www.longbranchgallery.com
www.woodwalkgallery.com

Follow me elsewhere at:  

www.instagram.com/alfred.draws.things























Tiers
Springtide
$1 or more per month
Like the tide around the new and full moon, you are more generous than the average wave.  Thank you!  You now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  Thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!
Summertide
$5 or more per month
As the Earth's poles tilt toward the sun in glorious apogee, your generosity is in full, midsummer swing!  Thank you!  


Expect to receive a hand printed postcard in the mail featuring one of my Moku Hanga, woodblock prints!


Also, you now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  Thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!

Autumn Harvest
$10 or more per month
At the Autumnal Equinox the Sun crosses the celestial equator and nights start getting longer, but you will soon have a hand printed, Moku Hanga woodblock print to cheer you up!  Thank you for your patreonage!


 You now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  


As mentioned above, I will be sending you a woodblock print done in the Moku Hanga style, annually.  This is my chance to share the efforts you are supporting directly with you.


Again, thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!

Winter Flower
$100 or more per month
Like a flower at midwinter, you are indeed a rare beauty!  Thank you so much!!


A hand printed thank you postcard is in the mail.  Also, you now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire. 


In addition, I will be sending you a hand carved, woodblock print, twice annually.  This is my way of sharing the art you are so generously supporting with you.


Thank you for your patreonage, your membership is going a long way to help me create new art and save for the future!



Goals
6 of 100 patrons
In appreciation for your patreonage, I will send a limited edition, Moku Hanga-style, woodblock print to each of my first 100 patrons!
1 of 1
My name is Alfred Stark.  I am a woodblock printmaker with a love for creating Moku Hanga, Japanese-style woodblock prints. Through Moku Hanga, I am able to pare down and express what I find essentially beautiful about the natural landscapes, flora, fauna and faces I love to draw.  

Moku (wood) Hanga (print) is a simple method to make woodblock prints using a brush, baren, fine grain wood, Japanese paper (washi), water based ink and a few sharp carving tools;  no large, complex printing presses, oil based inks or toxic chemicals are needed.
  
To create a Moku Hanga print, simply brush watercolor and rice paste onto a carved wood block, slowly lay a sheet of paper over the top and burnish the back with a rubbing tool, or a Japanese disc baren.  Seeing the printed image slowly seep through the back of the paper as it is rubbed is my favorite part of the process.  After rubbing, carefully lift the paper to reveal your Japanese-style woodblock print!  Printing with a brush, watercolor and baren yields delicate, subtle effects that would be very hard to duplicate through other printmaking mediums.  I love the hands-on, direct and nuanced nature of this process.

I love to teach Moku Hanga.  Currently I give workshops at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point Wisconsin and at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay Wisconsin.  Being able to share what I have learned about this art form is very important to me and through Patreon I am hoping to expand my teaching opportunities to include as many students as possible.

Parks, preserves and wild spaces are critical for our collective health.  They are also quickly disappearing.  My favorite subject might be a small warbler hunting for larvae in a vernal pond, a carpet of Kalm's Lobelia blooming by the dozen across a sandy bog, or Blue Herons scooping up fish from an impossibly fast waterfall.  Whether large or small, the wild spaces that surround us offer lifetimes of discovery and observable beauty perfect for sharing through woodblock printmaking.
  
I will be exploring these parks, preserves and all around "wild spaces" to highlight in my journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  With a monthly membership you will have access to these  field notes and sketches, as well as info about upcoming projects and teaching engagements.  I will also be highlighting fellow woodblock print artists whose work I admire.

I also have an infatuation with building and teaching about Japanese kites (tako).  Ever since I discovered the book, "The Art of the Japanese Kite" by Tal Streeter, I have been driven to discover how these beautiful flying sculptures are made.  Seeing what was once just a handful of sticks and a piece of paper soaring hundreds of feet in the air is very satisfying.  Kite flying is a mindful way to experience nature as well.  A kite in the sky is a punctuation mark to the world around it.  Fly a kite and you will begin to notice birds passing by, fluctuations in the breeze, the changing colors of  trees and sky; it can be very mesmerizing and meditative.

Through Patreon, I am hoping to earn the freedom to create woodblock prints, teach others about Moku Hanga and to become a better, more productive artist.  Your monthly membership will help me do all these things.  Time to create is not cheap, I value every opportunity to focus on being a productive artist, however, this drive is often at odds with the need for a steady income.  If you like what I do and would like to see more of it, you can play a vital role in providing the opportunities I need to create and share my work.  Most importantly, I will be able to share it all with you!

Currently you can find my work at:

www.alfredstark.com
www.alfredstark.etsy.com
www.longbranchgallery.com
www.woodwalkgallery.com

Follow me elsewhere at:  

www.instagram.com/alfred.draws.things























Recent posts by Alfred Stark

Tiers
Springtide
$1 or more per month
Like the tide around the new and full moon, you are more generous than the average wave.  Thank you!  You now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  Thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!
Summertide
$5 or more per month
As the Earth's poles tilt toward the sun in glorious apogee, your generosity is in full, midsummer swing!  Thank you!  


Expect to receive a hand printed postcard in the mail featuring one of my Moku Hanga, woodblock prints!


Also, you now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  Thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!

Autumn Harvest
$10 or more per month
At the Autumnal Equinox the Sun crosses the celestial equator and nights start getting longer, but you will soon have a hand printed, Moku Hanga woodblock print to cheer you up!  Thank you for your patreonage!


 You now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire.  


As mentioned above, I will be sending you a woodblock print done in the Moku Hanga style, annually.  This is my chance to share the efforts you are supporting directly with you.


Again, thank you for your patreonage, every bit helps immensely!

Winter Flower
$100 or more per month
Like a flower at midwinter, you are indeed a rare beauty!  Thank you so much!!


A hand printed thank you postcard is in the mail.  Also, you now have access to my Patreon only, online journal, "A Field Guide to the American Robin."  In this journal, I will share drawings, photos, and "field notes" as I explore parks, prairies and preserves uncovering what makes them so magical and make art in the process.  I will also demonstrating the Moku Hanga process as well as providing info on upcoming projects and teaching workshops.  In addition, I will be highlighting Moku Hanga and woodblock printmakers who's work I admire. 


In addition, I will be sending you a hand carved, woodblock print, twice annually.  This is my way of sharing the art you are so generously supporting with you.


Thank you for your patreonage, your membership is going a long way to help me create new art and save for the future!