Gyotaku

 

Gyotaku (gyo=fish, taku=rubbing) (pronounced gio-TA-koo) is a Japanese art form that creates an image of a fish or other object in nature with astonishing detail.  Using ink or paint the image of a fish is transferred to paper or fabric.  This technique may be used to print shells, seaweed, rocks, flowers, and other marine life or objects in nature.  

 

Whether using the Direct or Indirect method preparation of the fish is the most important step to ensure you have an excellent print.  The finishing touch to bring the fish alive is to paint the eye with a small brush.  Prints may be completed using a variety of methods, mounted on oriental papers or canvas, stained with watercolor, or printed on again adding other fish prints/seaweed/shells to enhance the finished piece.  Many nature printers sign their artwork with a chop (seal).  Lori’s chop is from China and is called “Double Happiness”, and she also is a Pisces and uses a signature of two fish along with her initial “L”.

Direct Method

The surface of the fish is covered with ink or paint.  A piece of paper or fabric is then placed over this inked surface and gently rubbed, thus transferring the raised surfaces of the scales and fins showing the fine detail.  These images are always reversed by the process and cannot be controlled as well as with the “indirect method”. 

Two Rock Fish

Two Rock Fish

Oriental paper mounted on canvas and painted frame, 1x36x24

Blue Fish

Blue Fish

Printed on paper and mounted on painted canvas, 3'x4.5' - SOLD

Octopod - Grace 2

Octopod - Grace 2

Oriental paper mounted on board, 18"x20" - SOLD

Vermillion's Catch

Vermillion's Catch

Collage of direct print Vermillion and octopus with pressed algae.

Peaceful Play

Peaceful Play

Gel Plate with algae on fabric, direct print of octopus, and mounted on wrapped canvas - SOLD

Kelp Greenling

Kelp Greenling

Collage of fish prints on oriental paper mounted on gallery wrapped canvas, 24" x 8".

Squirrelfish Follies

Squirrelfish Follies

Collage of fish prints on oriental papers mounted on gallery wrapped canvas, 16" x 12" - SOLD

Giant Octopus

Giant Octopus

Sharron's giant octopus 2010 Coos Bay Oregon. Lori printing with assistance from Nora and Ina (Sharron in background)

Snapper

Snapper

Printed on silk with Mineo inks

Flounder & Algae

Flounder & Algae

Printed on silk, mounted on stained oriental paper.

Blue Crab

Blue Crab

Printed on silk and mounted on oriental paper made by Mineo

Blacktip Pup Shark

Blacktip Pup Shark

9" shark caught off Hunting Island, SC

Dungeness Crab

Dungeness Crab

Printed on fabric, mounted on oriental paper, on gallery wrapped canvas

Lori and Mineo - OIMB

Lori and Mineo - OIMB

Printing a Ling-Cod caught off the coast of Coos Bay Oregon

Blacktip Shark

Blacktip Shark

Rainbow colors printed on silk

Clearnose Skate

Clearnose Skate

Printed on fabric

Indirect Method

Paper or fabric is dampened and pressed over the body of a fish.  When dry ink is applied with a tampo (piece of cotton ball wrapped in a piece of silk), which is dipped in ink and dabbed on to the paper or fabric.  Layers of ink from light to dark create a luminous effect.  

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Lori and Mineo - OIMB

Printing a Ling-Cod caught off the coast of Coos Bay Oregon