9. Nov, 2020

Return to Gyotaku Printing

Gyotaku printing is a japanese art from now but it began in the 1800s as a way for japanese fishermen to record their catches. I can only occasionally get one of my husband's bait fish (he is a keen fisherman) and when I do it is great to create some background prints for further work. This is a small kahawai, a salt water fish that is common in most NZ waters. Bigger ones we smoke for eating but this little guy is about the length of an A4 page. I previously made an impression in a thin styrofoam sheet so that the fish sits relatively still while I am printing. Paint is applied directly to the fish. If the paint is fairly thick, I find a light spritzing with water gives a better print. So here is this little guy painted and ready for me to use paper or fabric to take an impression