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Gomuban Relief Printing Plate

Gomuban Relief Printing Plates

This soft, very easy to carve synthetic rubber plate is used extensively in Japanese classrooms as a relief printing block.

Compared to white eraser material (Speedy Cut or MasterCarve) Gomuban is just as easy to carve but it is stiffer so it holds very fine details and crisp edges even under pressure from a press. It is so dense that it can be printed either as an intaglio or as a relief print.

Draw directly on Gomuban with permanent markers or transfer images with carbon paper. We have tested our Red Carbon Paper and it transfers well but it can be rubbed off with hard pressure, so you need to be careful as you are carving or go over the lines again with a permanent marker before you start to carve.

The green side is the one meant to be used, however if the blue side is in good condition you can print on it as well. The black core contrasts with the outer colors making it easy to see the carved areas.


Our supplier in Japan assures us that Gomuban is only available in one size, 300 x 400 x 3mm or 11.75" x 15.75" x 1/8". It is very easy to cut Gomuban into smaller pieces using a metal ruler or straight edge and a utility knife.

Free Sample

If you have not tried carving Gomuban before and you live in the U.S., we will be happy to send you one small sample for free. Please call 800-832-4264 or email your name and address to

If you live outside the U.S., you will need to pay the shipping, which starts at around U.S.$10.00. Please contact us for the exact amount to ship samples to your country.

We gather requests for samples together and send them out every seven to ten days, when we have a break from shipping orders. Thank you for your patience.

Volume Discount

Receive a 5% discount on orders of 12 or more Gomuban blocks. This discount is given automatically when you place your order.


  Size Shipping Weight Price Enter Quantity
300 x 400 x 3mm
(11.75" x 15.75" x 1/8")
1.2 lb $13.50

1/2 Sheet Gomuban, 200 x 300 x 3mm
(approx. 7.87" x 11.75" x 1/8")
.6 lb $7.15

*Currently out of stock. More should arrive in mid to late June, 2023. If you order one of these, it will be placed on backorder and shipped as soon as possible. You will not be charged until we ship it and there is no additional shipping charged on backorders shipped within the U.S. Thank you for your patience.

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