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« on: May 18, 2011, 12:57:17 AM »

A few people have been interested in how to do this. I am no expert but this is my method. It took 25 minutes to do this fish. All of my supplies were purchased from hobby lobby. Supplies needed: pointed brush( for eyes), 2 one inch brushes, acrylic paint( whatever suits your fancy), rice paper. This fish was done in less than 25 minutes.

The first step is to thoroughly dry the fish, gently with a towel careful not to lose the scales. This specimen is a 3 lb crappie.


the next step I use is to outline the fish with black acrylic paint include the fins and gill plate and mouth. also paint the eyes.


next i blend colors in other areas of the fish using the one inch brush


next cut your rice paper and gently place it on the fish( let the paper touch the center of the fish) then gentle spread the paper toward the edges. If you take too long, or over saturate the paper will tear. gently lift the paper!


here is the finished project


I have really enjoyed the usefulness of this website and have gotten a ton of info from here. I hope I may have helped someone.
Thanks to all who have given me advice.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 05:53:12 AM »

You bought rice paper at Hobby Lobby ?
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 08:02:09 AM »

Yes,  it comes in a 50 feet roll. Ten dollars.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 08:18:34 AM »

 I will have to try that sometime it's pretty neat.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 08:22:41 AM »

nice... hows the clean up off the fish when you want to mount it?
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 08:40:26 AM »

nice... hows the clean up off the fish when you want to mount it?

It rinses off very easily with no scale loss. The first one I did the non "show side".
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 08:48:36 AM »

nice job!, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 08:56:23 AM »

Great tutorial!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 09:05:08 AM »

Thanks for sharing! I'd read in another post someone had used a piece of a white sheet for theirs. Wouldn't have to worry about it tearing, as you would with paper. And you could probably use canvas stretchers and make a ready-to hang piece. (Or even use some actual canvas? Be neat to leave it a natural color, as well....) But, using a sheet/canvas probably wouldn't be as 'traditional' as using rice paper. Perhaps it would be Gyotaku with an Amerian twist? =)

I want to try this out...just don't have any fish! LOL!
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 11:16:55 AM »

Thanks! I had to give it a try...been wanting to since I saw it on MIA.
Now I have new fridge art!
I didn't have a fish...so I used a replica.
I didn't have rice paper so I used white butcher paper. (dampened for flexibility.)
I didn't have acrylic tube paint but had some Walmart folk art paint.
It was fun...I can see how the right materials would help.
I will try again, but with the replicas I will do the body and head separately. I think that will improve the shape, and not have to fight the flared gills etc.

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2011, 12:26:49 PM »

Bullwhipcracker,  yours looks awesome .
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2011, 02:50:49 PM »

Thanks!
Your tutorial took all the guesswork out for me.
Much appreciated!
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2011, 04:01:02 PM »

Cool job..)I have been hearing alot about it ,,looks easy enough..something different to do with a fish,,Thanx for sharing  :)
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2011, 04:02:12 PM »

These things can turn a good profit for a little work. Figure out how to sign your name ( or the angler's) with a brush in Japanese characters, frame it, and you can charge up the wazoo for these. If you are like me and never catch any fish, you can do a silicone 1/2 cast  and crank the things out like crazy.

I hope to display some soon on here. I have always admired this art form.

Some silicone 1/2 casts are available through NASCO if you want to practice.

Also, you can make a nice "flag" for in front of your shop to let folks know a fish head lives here!
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2011, 05:39:16 PM »

Yes,  it comes in a 50 feet roll. Ten dollars.

Did not know they sell it. I will check mine out. Thanks for the tips.
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