I love our local library. It's small, and nothing fancy... but a couple of times a year they have great book sales, where I buy lots of kids books for SUPER cheap. They also have great programs, like the summer reading program where we go in each week to claim our prize for reading books! And they also do the occasional workshop. Today they had a great workshop on Gyotaku.
What is Gyotaku? Gyo (fish) Taku (rubbing)
Check out these BEAUTIFUL Gyotaku prints by Naoki
I had never seen (or heard of) Gyotaku before living in Hawaii, but I fell in love the first time I saw them. I love how they capture the movement and life of the fish. A few years ago, Josh gave me this Uhu (or Parrotfish) print by Shane Hamamoto. Isn't it beautiful?
Today's workshop was taught by Dane Kai Kondo. He explained the whole process, and then we got to try it out! It was so much fun!! Here are my attempts at Gyotaku:
I think she did a great job!
Want to see how it's done?
Check out this video!