This work is created with the Kansetsu-ho (Indirect) Gyotaku printing technique, using oil based inks on 8 mm Habotai Silk and displayed as a banner.
Kansetsu-ho , or Indirect Gyotaku is a printing method that involves securing a piece of China silk to a prepared fish , and gently applying inks to the silk with applicators called tampos. the contours of the fish and its scales make themselves known through the silk and can be seen in the patterning of the ink layers on the silk. It has a softer, more detailed appearance than Chokusetsu-ho (Direct Gyotaku) and is often a better approach to recreated small scaled fish.
This Gyotaku print was made from a Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) from The Gulf coast area near Sarasota, Florida. It is highly valued as a sport and food fish.