Sardine Gyotaku Print
Sardines make a lovely print. However they are pretty tricky to deal with. They easily split open and leak oil over the print so getting the pressure right is important.
The print is blue and green largely with a bit of iridescent gold. I have used premium quality acrylic ink. The fish eye is hand painted after printing. It is signed by myself, Jane Evans as well as using my hanko stamp, the traditional method of marking artwork in Japan. This A4 print is on a Chinese mulberry calligraphy paper. This paper is strong yet flexible so ideal for shaping over fish.
Producing the print is only the first part of the process. Once printed the paper is cockled and will not lie flat in a frame. It is therefore mounted. I am now using the traditional method for this which is to use a wheat paste to flatten the print and then adhere it to a second sheet of mulberry paper. This process takes 24 hours and is Urauchi in Japanese.
The sardine was sourced from an independent fishmonger who is a 10 minute drive from my studio. Additionally, using the wheat paste is a ph neutral process and uses less man made chemicals.
The print is mounted in a white mount measuring approx 40cmx50cm.
Shipping within the Uk is free for this service.
If you would prefer the print to be framed, please drop me an email where I would be happy to discuss the options.
Thanks for taking the time to look. Jane