My husband caught this beautiful 29 inch redfish in the bay a week or so ago.
Being the artist I am, I saw an art opportunity in this fish! LOL
I've always wanted to try fish printing or gyotaku.
What is gyotaku some of you may ask?
Gyotaku is the Japanese art of making fish prints. It is usually done on delicate rice paper or can be done on other papers as well.
This artform reproduces the exact features and characteristics of actual, individual fish like the one he caught here.
In Japanese, "gyo" translates to "fish" and "taku" translates to "stone rubbing."
So, the only paper I had that was big enough for a print of this fish
was freezer paper. It was thin and flexible, so it worked well.
I didn't have ink, which is normally used in fish printing,
so I used acrylic paint.
We washed and dried the fish really well.
Then I brushed a thin layer of paint on one side of the fish.
I carefully laid the paper on top of the fish
and then carefully pressed all over
before lifting it off.
It took two tries before I got this fairly good print.
Now I want to add just a few details to the dried print using watercolor.
To do that I took some close up photos.
If you have created gyotaku...do you have any tips for me?
Oh, BTW, this red fish was cooked on the grill that night.
It was delicious!
Savor the Day!