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« on: January 17, 2009 07:40:55 PM »

Every spring, the crunchy, happy Friends school where I used to teach pre-school held an outdoor fair.  People had booths where they braided hair, some sold fresh lemonade and coffee, some sold hand-made note-cards and skirts, and my vascular neurosurgeon, whose kids attended the school, flipped burgers at the grill.  There was also a booth that featured the ancient Japanese art of fish-printing, called Gyotaku.  It is just what it sounds like: take a dead fish, paint it up, and plop it on a t-shirt.

Or... whatever.

I knew what would tickle DH's slighlty deranged/exhibitionist tendencies.  For his birthday, I got him the perfect blank canvas: white boxer shorts (which are surprisingly hard to find.)  "It's a DIY gift.  You've got to bring them to the Fair at school," said I. 

In his charmingly impish way, DH proudly marched up to the fish-painting booth with the white boxers behind his back.  At the booth, you could either supply your own blank t-shirt, or purchase one of their own.  DH grinned as he presented the people manning the booth with his canvas.

There were squeals of delight from the aging, Quaker women in their aprons and their braids. 

"How hilarious!  We should buy these and have them here along with the t-shirts!"

DH chose the bass, with his pun already in mind.  This fair was several years ago, and he proudly parades around in the fishy boxers at home.

And, of course, on Craftster.


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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2009 07:51:20 PM »

Those are amazingly funny! I want to know who was the first one to decide to paint the dead fish and throw it at something white...

Hmm... would be amusing to paint your walls that way! Who's up for that challenge?

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2009 07:56:03 PM »

Hehehe!  If he does say so himself, right?  Great gift and great execution!

I was reading and scrolling through you post and when I got to the second photo... well, the jaunty pose made me scroll back up, because I was certian this was one of your posts, lii_abl!  I don't know how I feel aboot seeing your husband's hip out to one side and knowing it's him, but I did.  Anyway, then I scrolled down further for the face shot.

Question: are the fish reused for painting after painting?

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2009 08:40:55 PM »

I look forward to your posts for their creativity and their hilarity! I knew exactly who it was when I saw the very first picture. I love it! What an interesting technique.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009 09:32:54 PM »

I have to agree with the above crafters... I definitely knew it was you and your DH's awesome modelling skills without even reading the name  Smiley

Interesting art technique... and I <3 puns!

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009 10:21:26 PM »

So funny!  I was browsing the recent with pics and saw the butt.  Like the others, I knew it had to be your DH!  I don't know if that's creapy or not... hmmm...
Maybe it's just because he's the only guy willing to show off a pic like this. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009 08:16:10 AM »

First off you need to know that not matter how crappy of a day I am having you and your DH make me laugh out loud and the rest of my day is great.
I would give anything to have to the two of you over for dinner, I can only imagine. Smiley
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How scary is it that we all on craftster can pick out your hubbies can amongst all that get posted here. hee hee
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2009 09:43:09 AM »

You know you've been on craftster too much/too long/too prominently when:

People recognize DH's butt.
People willingly click on images of DH's butt.
People enjoy viewing images of DH's butt in Gyotaku-printed boxers, and then comment.

Glad they make you smile. 

They do reuse the fish many many times for this project.  The school bought them for this purpose from the fish-monger (how often do you get to use that word?!).  They laid the fish in a dish pan, where students, parents, teachers, and strange men with boxer shorts painted the fish.  Next they carefully laid the canvas (whatever it may be) on the fish, and gently pressed to get all the color and texture.  They wiped down the fish between artists.

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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009 06:17:35 PM »

Ditto what everyone else said  Grin  Your posts are always awesome and the sense of humor in the art is always irresistable.

I have a similar t-shirt somewhere (haven't been able to wear it for ages - maybe some day I'll lose all that weight  Wink

If anyone is dying to do a simple version of this, here's one way:

I taught at a Montessori school for a while and our kids made fish prints (on paper).  We used a trout and painted it with regular tempera paint, usually all one color(we knew from past experience that stuff wouldn't come out of ANYTHING!).  We placed the paper on the fish and pressed it into place, then ran over it with a brayer.  Then we kind of pulled the paper flat (avoid touching wet paint) and when it had dried, used black ink to add color in the eye.  I still have one my son made about 25 years ago and it still looks pretty good.

One year I decided to try it on a t-shirt while we had all the stuff.  Used the exact same method and it came out great.

It's not that I don't want to swap, it's that I often don't have time.  But feel free to ask (especially if it's one that's not too time consuming).
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