A flat, handheld disk used for applying pressure to lift the pigment from the printing block to the paper. One of the unique characteristics of mokuhanga printmaking is the use of the baren rather than a mechanical printing press, lending the process well to small, in-home studio set-ups.

A much more exhaustive definition of a baren and how it is used can be found on the McClain’s website (which is also the source of the image below).

a variety of barens

The different types of barens available in the McClain’s printmaking catalog

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