A soft plastic half fish, ideal for making fish prints. The fish hugs the surface, staying in place, as it is being printed. Its scales, eye and other features show up well. It easily washes off when the paint on it accumulates.
The fish, a foam brush and a cake of blue water-based tempera paint are included. Simple instructions and a child-sized plastic apron are also included.
Gyotaku is the Japanese art of making fish prints. Hundreds of years ago it began as a way of recording the size and type of fish that was caught. It is a beautiful way to recognize the role that fish play in our world. The Japanese, their islands surrounded by the sea, eat fish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are more than 30,000 kinds of fish. Usually, making a fish print requires a fish that hasn't been scaled or gutted. If you want to avoid the mess and odor, use this half fish of soft plastic that I created.