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This is a beautiful illustration I have created of four koi fish swimming in a pool. Each card is blank inside and comes with a matching orange envelope. The card measures 6.25" by 4.5". I have signed each card on the back.

This card was created on scratch board which I then scanned into my computer. I then add the bright orange tone to the fish. Each card is printed on recycled, natural toned paper. The final step is to hand paint a layer of white gouache paint to each fish and the tops of the water's edge. (The white gouache is by far the most difficult and time consuming part of these cards but I always feel it is the best way to "lift" the illustrations off of the page and add dimension.)

I think koi are so beautiful and my sketchbooks have been accumulating scribbles and tiny sketches of koi for several years now. (They seem to have been telling me that they wanted to be formally drawn in a more finished way. Any fairytale will tell you that when a fish is talking to you it is best to listen to what he has to say...) I hope that using scratch board does them justice... I love how a scratch board illustration feels bold and clean but still reminds me of etching and wood cuts.

This image would make a perfect card for any occasion. Friends of mine who have seen these koi throughout the sketching stages have asked for copies with the intention of having them framed. I am always humbled and flattered when people hang up my illustrations in their home or office.

Please let me know what you are thinking! Thanks for checking out my shop and best wishes! -Dan :)

Koi Fish Hand Painted Card with Envelope



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: recycled paper, white gouache, scratch board, tender loving care
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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