Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Capelin print - enhanced

Gyotaku print with watercolour & ink
5.5 x 7

I've been experimenting with gyotaku or fish printing and the initial results are on Watermarks.

The original prints are quite lovely just as they are in their simplicity, but the addition of detail and other colour enhances them more and adds a new dimension. Each print is very unique in its own way and quite limited in edition. For this fish, I took 7 or 8 prints and that's it. Its odd, because of the experimental nature of the fish that I used, the prints even smell slightly fish like. Not sure if that's a good thing or not, but definitely adds to the realism of it.

I will continue to add to the prints with different mediums to see where I go with it. And I will tackle some other fish which should give me much more promising results in terms of detail and realism. However, I rather like the movement and lines in this little guy. If you click on the image, you can see a more detailed version of the print/painting.


Rose Welty said...

These are just amazing Jeanette! Well done for the experimenting...I do really like the movement here, as you mentioned on Watermarks...really adds to it.

Robyn said...

Jaw droppingly beautiful, Jeanette. The eye brings it to life and I love the additions you've made to the print. I'm enthralled by this whole process. I'm saving up for my first fish;)

~Gina Cuff said...

Very cool technique, Jeanette! This would be fun to try.

Thanks for the comments on my journals and earrings. I've had a lot of interest in the journals and I will be selling them. I love making them...:)

Jennifer Rose said...

the prints turned out great :D very nice sense of movement to them and the added colours look good.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Rose, I'm quite enjoying the method of printing.

Robyn, I have you to thank for these prints - and future ones. I've done a couple with watercolour additions. Now I'll experiement with other mediums on them like pastel and cp. I quite like the simple print without any enhancements too.

Saving up for a fish...well looking at prices of them here too I need to dig deep, especially if I want a salmon! I think I'll need to go get a salmon fishing license and get my own.

Gina, it really is very interesting to do. I'd highly recommend it.

I keep threatening to make a sketchbook or two, but just haven't had the time yet. Yours are lovely, perhaps I'll indulge myself and pay for your hard work instead. :)

Jennifer, the prints are cool. I like how even without adding anything to them, they stand as unique pieces in their own right. Adding more simply makes them even more unique - if that's possible? :)

Jennifer Rose said...

yeah its possible :) makes them seem less mass produced. even though I couldn't imagine how someone would mass produce prints like this unless they had a lot of fish that looked the same and didn't mind the smell :p shame fish cost a fortune here or I would try this (if only I was back in Ontario, could go out the front door and catch one myself)

vivien said...

lovely colours you've used and a beautiful delicate result

Billie Crain said...

i've heard of this type of printing but never knew what it was called. i think this turned out exceedingly well! your added touches are perfect. and it looks like it's still swimming!