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Gyotaku Impression taken from Octopus Vulgaris Tentacles

Gyotaku Impression taken from Octopus Vulgaris Tentacles

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I was recently gifted a large octopus, from which I have made several full-size prints. As the octopus is so large, the prints are very expensive. So I thought it might be fun to create some more affordable prints from the tentacles.

I have used exactly the same method as I would use to print a fish, a full octopus, a lobster or even a leaf.

The tentacle is laid out, and then I apply an acrylic ink that is both lightfast and permanent. Next I press a light weight Chinese paper over the surface of the inked tentacle.

Once I have the print, the paper has become wrinkled, so now needs to be flattened to make it suitable for framing. I do this using the authentic Japanese method of Urauchi. Using a simple paste made from flour and water, which I make myself, the print is laid flat, face down on a board, and then the paste is spread liberally over the rear of the print. Next I take a sheet of masa paper and press this down, firmly onto the back of the print.  This will now be left to drive for 24 hours. After which time it can simply be peeled off the board. The print is now completely flat and suitable for framing.

This print is supplied with a mount which can be removed if you prefer, it measures 41cmx51cm with the mount but the print itself can be framed at A4. 


This is a completely unique art work and will be shipped free of charge to buyers in the UK. Thanks for looking.

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