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The art or process of making a print of a fish by covering its body with ink or paint, placing a piece of thin paper (such as rice paper) over it, and rubbing the paper against the contours of the fish. Details such as the eye are often added by hand to the print.

[Japanese : gyo-, fish (from Middle Chinese ŋı̷ə̆ (also the source of Mandarin yú), from Old Chinese *ŋa;; akin to Tibetan ña and Burmese ŋa) + -taku, rubbing (from Middle Chinese thak, to take up, lift, open up, from Old Chinese *thâk; akin to Tibetan theg-pa, to lift).]
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Gyotaku fish, gold printing ink, large paintbrush, white printing paper
Meanwhile Rachel Ramirez, a member of the international Nature Print Society, will demonstrate Gyotaku, a Japanese method of printing from fish, in a programme of workshops, demonstrations and participatory activities to mark the annual migration of salmon along the Tyne.
Katie said: "Being by the sea helps us with ideas and we have a fascination for Japanese printing traditions, called gyotaku.
Visitors will learn about how to identify shorebirds, get close to live horseshoe crabs and other aquatic species, learn how to cast a fishing rod, learn about boating safety, try their hand at Gyotaku fish printing, and much more
Wallpaper (Clouding series), 2014, superimposes traditional and contemporary printing technologies: from gyotaku, a practice originating with Japanese fishermen directly pressing their catches, dipped in ink, onto paper, a kind of accounting that ended up as an art unto itself, to photo-printer cartridges harvested for their store of CMYK.
In the last 18 years, the park has hosted exhibits featuring photography, oil paintings, watercolors, textile art, ceramics, mixed media, children's art work, and gyotaku (the art of Japanese fish printing), all with a focus on conservation issues facing the park and the region.
The festival features hands-on activities, American Indian storytelling, live music and Gyotaku style fish printing; dfw.
The method is called gyotaku, a Japanese form of art that involves running to create an image.
Needless to say, I was wrong and have come upon many examples of Gyotaku since then, in part because I've become a member of the Nature Printing Society and read their book on nature printing of all kinds (Larsen, 2000).
Using the Japanese gyotaku method, this book is a revelation
Antarctic fishes; illustrated in the gyotaku method.
The simplicity of this photograph evokes, perhaps unintentionally, traditional Japanese gyotaku fish prints, in which an imprint is taken on rice paper from a fish covered in ink.