Gyotaku Handmade Fish Prints

gyotaku fish rubbings

About three years ago I started to fish. I loved fishing and was introduced to Gyotaku an ancient Japanese art form.

As I created Gyotaku I wondered what I could do to make it different. Now that I am a retired teacher and professor I devote my time to making my art a conversation piece for your home.

In addition, we offer commission work to print your most impressive catches. Go to our Facebook page and inquire through the comment area or contact us through the contact form below.

We will also come to parties and offer a Gyotaku tutorial that each member of the group can keep. We would love to share our passion for the art of Gyotaku with you!

Mooning for You

Gyotaku Hand Created Fish Prints The traditional art of Gyotaku altered to highlight the beauty of the fish and their surroundings.


Gyotaku Hand Created Fish Prints The use of texture to enhance the story of the fish.

Hungry Bass

Gyotaku Hand Created Fish Prints This is a traditional Gyotaku print which not only tells a story, but in a dramatic way.

Altered Nature Gyotaku

Gyotaku Saltwater And Freshwater Limited Edition Fish Prints Melissa Martinez and Vernon Vergara - Las Vegas

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Original Gyotaku

Original Gyotaku Fish Prints | Fish Rubbing | Gyotaku Art For Sale | Gyotaku Printing Technique Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.

In the earliest nature prints, inks or pigments were applied directly to the relief surface of leaves and/or other relatively flat natural subjects in order to capture images of their sizes, shapes, surface textures, and delicate vein or scale patterns.

Typically both sides of a leaf were coated with ink and the leaf was then placed inside a folded sheet or between two sheets of paper. When rubbed by hand or run through a printing press a mirror image was produced of the topside and underside of the same leaf.

Often the prints were done in black ink and the flowers later painted or drawn in by the artist.

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