Monday, February 07, 2011
I've been manipulating a lobster over the last couple of days to try to do a gyotaku print. A hard shelled crustacean is difficult to print well and as a lobster has a a number of prickly point in its armour it makes it more difficult to mould paper around the shell without tearing it.
For crustaceans the indirect method of gyotaku is the best, using fabric - a light weight cotton or silk and tamping colour through the fabric instead of inking the beast itself. I didn't have the right fabric on hand, so I used the lightest rice paper that I had as well as a bit of unryu.
The body just wouldn't do what I wanted and the lobster's crushing claw came away from the body, so I took advantage of the fairly flat surface of the large claw to print just that section. These will not be large pieces, measuring around 8 x 10, and I'll experiment with a couple with added background colour as well as leaving a couple as just the print itself.
And for those who wish to know, here's everything about Atlantic lobsters!