Last night I worked on fish prints!
Yes. Fishy fishy fish prints.
If you can get over your revulsion for handling dead fish, you can make some gorgeous prints.
Fish printing, or gyotaku, originated in Japan in the mid 1800’s when fisherman wanted to record their catches. Since then, it has evolved into its own art form.
You will need:
India Ink (not toxic, if you want to eat your fish afterwards!)
Paper (Preferably thin washi paper, but you can use any kind)
Paper Bags/Trash Bags
Step 2: Take your fish (which should be gutted) and stuff it with paper towels so it won’t ooze. Gross I know.
Step 3: Place you fish on your work surface. Using your paint brush, apply a thin layer of ink to your entire fish. For a cool effect, don’t paint over the eye. You only need a very thin layer, you want to be able to see the texture of the fish scales. No globs.
Step 6: Lift paper and enjoy your fish print!
What I really want to know is which of you will be brave enough to cook your fish afterwards. Send me a pic of your print and your meal!
Listening to: Tam Lin by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer