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Fish Prints: The Art of Gyotaku
Transcript of Fish Prints: The Art of Gyotaku
What is a Gyotaku print?
Gyo = fish
Taku = impression
A way for ancient Japanese fishermen to
record the fish they caught.
How is a Gyotaku print made?
After catching and cleaning the fish it is covered by a soft brush with a water-based ink. Newsprint or rice paper is laid on top of the fish and gently pressed with the hands. The paper is then slowly peeled off. Some artists add details to their print when it has dried. Finally the artist signs their work with a chop.
An image created by the process of printmaking.
Making multiple images by transferring ink from something to paper.
Wood, metal plates, potatoes, fish, etc
A stamp typically used in Asian countries as a signature. Generally printed in red ink.
design your own chop-inspired signature.
Here are some examples chops.
Your chop must include the first letter of your first and last name.
I will show you how to paint and print a fish then you will get to try first on newsprint and then on rice paper.
Now that the prints are dry we will add details like eyes! Once we are done we will use our chops to sign our prints.
How much do professional Gyotaku prints cost?
A Japanese fish print on rice paper.
Parts of the fish