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Gyotaku (Fish Printing) Collage by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective
covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
1 hour

Materials Needed:
- Silicone fish
- Rit® Dyes in desired colors
- Canson® Mixed Media Paper
- Sakura® Cray-Pas® set
- Sakura®Gelly Roll Pens
- Spray Bottles
- Folk Art Black Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Newsprint

1. Mix a tablespoon of dye with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  Spray the mixed media paper with one or two colors.  Blot the sprayed area with another piece of paper to soak up the dye.  Set aside to dry.
5 min + dry time.

2. Brush paint on the fish and place on clean newsprint.  Lay the sprayed side of paper down on the fish and press on top to make an impression.
5 min + dry time.

3. Embellish the surface of the fish with Gelly Roll pens.  Draw botanicals and sea life with the Cray-Pas to create a watery setting.
15 min +

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