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Students and adults alike can enjoy making impressions from these extremely life-like rubber fish replicas. Originating in 19th century Japan, gyotaku (meaning "print fish") developed from the need to record the exact size of a trophy catch and evolved into a beautiful art form in its own right.
The process is simple. Apply tempera or block printing ink directly to the fish with foam brayers or soft brushes, then place printmaking paper over the fish and rub! The monoprint results will be different each time.
Make prints for hanging, wrapping paper, banners, even T-shirts (use water-base screen printing inks that can be heat set). In the classroom Gyotaku can be used to stimulate discussions about species of fish, Japanese culture, and nature printing in general.
Cast from real fish, these rubber replicas are life size, ranging from 4" (Sea Horse) to 11-3/4" long (Trout) and are flat on one side.
4-Piece Fish Set
This set includes a replica from the species Flounder, Piranha, Angel Fish, and Bass.
4-Piece Reptile Set
This set includes a replica of the Bull Frog, Grass Frog, Alligator, and Gecko.
9-Piece Fish Set
This set includes a replica from the species Blue Gill, Star Fish, Flounder, Piranha, Angel Fish, Trout, Perch, Bass, and a small Walleye Pike.
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These were my first fish like this
from Marietta, GA
Comments about Gyotaku Fish Printing Replicas:
I love the fish- they are beautiful but I was so sad there was a bubble in the plastic right in the fish head which is a pretty obvious point of interest in the prints we will be making.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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My 8th grade students enjoyed using the Gyotaku Fish.
By Art Teacher
from Macon, GA
Good quality material. Durable when used by 30 eighth grade students. Will use for printing next school year.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
rubber flounder for printing
from Albuquerque, NM
the rubber flounder looks well made so I'm assuming it will last a long while. Great for what I needed for but I wish it were a bit bigger in size!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Gyotaku Fish Printing Replicas, overall rating?
By Fish Girl
from Brevard County, Florida
I use this product to do outreach programs for schools, festivals and scouting. I work in local government and take the replicas out to the public for their use. Often I give a quick demo and the kids understand the art of t-shirts from there.This is a great product that is sturdy and holds up with all age groups. This is great teaching tool when discussing the environment and the art helps bring that connect to our topic.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Art group play day printing on fabric & paper
Good product. Nice casting of a fish.
By Morganne of the Sea
from Charlottesville, Virginia
Must be used with a thin paper, such as rice paper, so use is somewhat limited.
Gyotaku Fish Printing Replicas - Seahorse, Starfish, Scallop
By Gyotaku printer
from Richmond, Canada
The replicas are very good quality and life like. Do take a close look at the dimensions, especially the seahorse. It is life size and very small, i.e. only a few inches long and a inch wide. The first event we used it at, the replica was lost it was so small.
Gyotaku fish are wonderul..I ow see you have other critters
from Lincoln City Oregon
I look for tings with good demensional form..Thses items ae used instead of actual critters...They are turning out absolutely perfect. I love working with these i got from you. They clean up easily to.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Walleye is tiny
The other fish are fine, I have several individual fish and one set. Their sizes are good. I ordered 3 walleeye because it is MN's state fish. The replicas are TINY.
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. Although the walleye is 8 ¼” as stated on our web page, we understand that this would seem small if you're comparing it to the real thing! If you feel this product won't meet your needs, just give us a call at 1-800-723-2782, and we'll be happy to work with you on a return or exchange.
a fun printmaking activity
from Muskegon, MI
The quality and prints are great, I just wish the price was a little lower so that we could have more in the classroom.
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