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This is a limited edition reproduction (limited to 250) of of an original gyotaku, a Japanese printmaking technique. The reproduction of this rainbow trout was printed with archival lightfast ink on a heavy (80 gm) white unryu rice paper. In gyotaku ink is applied to the body of a fish, then rice paper is laid onto the fish and gently rubbed to receive the ink.

More often known as fish printing, gyotaku is gaining in popularity as an alternative to taxidermy or as a memento of a special catch. I now dye my papers with archival fiber dyes, and often add plants or other sealife to an image for the feeling of an underwater scene.

This beautiful rainbow trout from Wisconsin was printed in oil based relief ink in natural colors on a translucent rice paper from Taiwan. I have also printed a background of a water weed, and dyed the paper with archival fiber dyes. Having the fish look realistic is important to me, and I work with my subjects to get the correct colors and shading as if the fish were in the water.

This image is signed and stamped with a traditional oriental red seal that is a translation of my name in Japanese kanji symbols.

Image size 13 x 26. This is the size before matting and framing. Price listed includes standard ground shipping to all mainland states. Will be shipped rolled in a tube. For expedited shipping please contact me.

River Dreams- Limited edition reproduction of rainbow trout gyotaku


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Relief ink, watercolors, rice paper, Japanese wet mount, fish, fiber dyes, wheat paste, block printing ink, etching ink, sumi ink, water weed
  • Only ships within United States.
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