How to make a gyotaku fish print
The process for making a gyotaku fish print is:
- Wash the fish well to remove the surface slime. This is an important step that is done to show the contours of the fish's scales more clearly and to prevent an unpleasant smell from remaining.
- Next, the paint is applied to the surface area of the fish that will show in the print. In this step, you will get a nicer print with more tonal variation if you apply the paint more heavily in areas like the head, the backbone area and the fins and more lightly in the stomach area.
- After applying the paint, lay the print paper or cloth on top of the fish and press it thoroughly to make a clear imprint. Since the fish was a large one this time, we used cloth instead of paper for the sake of durability.
My completed gyotaku print has a unique appeal and strength as an image that is different from simply taking a photograph or having the fish stuffed. When you catch a big fish you want to commemorate, why not try making your own gyotaku fish print as a distinctive way to preserve the memory?