Wednesday, 18 August 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, Blue Fish

Apologies to Dr. Seuss! The other day I bought some bream for our supper the next day. They were so pretty that I suddenly remembered a Japanese artist's work I had seen on a blog whereby he had made fantastic prints using dead fish. I thought I'd have a go........

First I prepared some sheets of paper by laying down a pale turquoise watery wash.

One one of them I laid a couple of sheets of cling film and allowed the paint to dry - it's a great technique for creating a watery texture.

Then I washed the fish, patted it dry and proceeded to paint it with a diluted Indanthrene Blue acrylic mix. Rather than press the fish on the paper, I pressed the paper on the fish, grateful that the previous washes had left the paper more pliable.

I made several sheets of prints and this was about the best one - luckily it was on the cling-film textured sheet. It was all a bit disappointing - I think the trick the Japanese artist had was to use a larger fish with more defined scales.

Finally, when it was all dry, I used indigo watercolour to go around the outlines and emphasize various features - fins, a few scales, eyes. I also brought out the lovely flowing shapes of the background with a deeper turquoise mix and a little indigo.

It's not exactly what I had in mind, but was a fun experiment - don't think it will be repeated however.

We didn't eat this particular fish you'll be glad to know! The ones we did eat were delicious.

Now what's that funny smell............


Feather on a Wire said...

A friend who does this does it with much bigger fish and with acrylic paint. It's very effective isn't it (and fun)

Magpie Magic said...

I really like this. Looks great and I think is worthy of more experimentation. xo

soggibottom said...

Sainsbury's eat your heart out ! ! !
:-) x x x
I'm going to try that with AMIE SOTO BLOSSOM

WoolenSails said...

When you mentioned fish, I didn't know if you meant real ones, lol. But I love it, that is gorgeous, how they came out so clearly and the dark blue shades against your background is perfect together.


natural attrill said...

These are lovely Caroline! I was reading about fish prints and looking at someones work on another blog a few weeks ago, it's the first time I'd seen fish printing.
Great stuff! I hope to see more here.
Have you tried potato printing? ;o)
Penny x

natural attrill said...

Hi Caroline,

I remembered, this is the artist that I was looking at who does fish prints, I found him thru penguin&fish blog.
Have a look here: