Gyotaku. A great sounding name, isn’t it? Translated into simplified terms, it means fish printing. Martha Briese led us in this fun workshop using fresh from the craft store rubber fish instead of real fish. A bit easier to work with and no smell. Fruit also makes a great printing medium. Pears, apples, carrots, potatoes. Anything you can get a relatively flat surface with.
First….gather your friends.
Second…gather your paints and brushes and go for it. Don’t forget, fish come in any color you want them to come in. Paint on and press the fabric onto the fish. Variation guaranteed.
Best of all, bring your daughter. She will most likely paint with abandon and no preconceived notions of what it “should” look like.
Many of us stamped pears, they were very cool but I was busy painting and forgot to take pictures!
Thank you Martha for sharing your expertise with Gyotaku. It was such a fun day.