I was lucky enough to take a mokuhanga or Japanese woodblock print workshop with Elizabeth Forrest. The process to plan, carve, ink and print the wood is fascinating. The way the wood works with water, ink, rice paste and the paper is truly fascinating.
My video got cut off in instagram, but if you watch till the end, you'll see the final peel off of the paper with the second colour to reveal my Totoro. Laying the sepia over the purple creates a deeper richer "black". A watercolour mixing trick I applied to the project.
Elizabeth Forrest is a true master and a very gracious and patient teacher. If I have time, I definitely want to learn more with her. She mentioned that it was the Ukioye woodblock prints of Eco-period Japan that was a basis for the manga art that would later be developed in Japan.
I'm definitely keen on learning more and seeing how I can apply some of this technique to my comics or illustration work. Here is a slideshow of the process from the carving of the block, to the first colour print and then recarving the block and paying the second colour down.