DIY Fish Impression Art

DIY Fish Impression Art

I have always loved the Japanese Gyotaku Fish Impression Artwork, but the cost of these at our local stores is out of my budget ($500+ for an original print and over $100 for a reproduction print). I also love the National Geographic TV Show; Wicked Tuna. Captain Dave Marciano of the boat F/V Hard Merchandise is my favorite captain/boat on the show. He is a hard working family man who also gives back to the community.  He supports many different fundraising events, to include those for wounded veterans.  He is a true Patriot.  What does that have to do with DIY Fish Impression Art? I got to thinking; How can I make my own gyotaku artwork? I took a chance and reached out to Captain Marciano and asked him if he would be willing to lend or give one of his Tuna Tails to me so I could make my own fish impression art. He immediately said yes, he’d love to be a part of this. So I went up to Gloucester to meet Captain Marciano for one of his tuna tails.

DIY Fish Impression Art with Capt Dave Marciano

Fishing for tuna is not an easy job.  If you have never watched the tv show Wicked Tuna I suggest checking it out or if you have never seen the movie The Perfect Storm that’s another eye opening movie based on a true story of just how dangerous fishing can be off the shores of Gloucester, MA.

If you are familiar with the TV show you may recognize the Ice House in this photo!

Fish Impressions - Ice House Gloucester MA
If you are ever up this way you have to go to Essex (right near Gloucester) and have some fried clams at Woodman’s.  Best clams ever!

Woodman's, Essex, MA
I was so excited to try my hand at this art as soon as I got home from Gloucester I jumped right in. My first attempt at this didn’t work out too well.  I used acrylic paint which dried too fast on the tail.  By the time I got the rice paper down half the paint was already dry. I know some artists use acrylic paint and others use ink. I didn’t have ink on hand so I used some oil paint (the kind of paint you would use when painting a picture not the type of paint you would paint on the walls). This worked perfect.  It captured all the details. The only thing when working with oil paint is that you have to remember oil takes a long time to dry.  It took 4 days for my prints to dry.

Fish Impression Art - Tuna Tail


This art is so easy. Lay the tail (or fish) on some news paper and paint it.  I held mine up so I wouldn’t get paint on the newspaper. If you leave the tail laying on the newspaper and paint it you may get paint on the paper which will transfer to the rice paper, not good. As soon as you paint the tail, lay your rice paper over the top and rub your fingers over the tail, getting into all the groves. Lift the rice paper up, don’t let it curl in on itself or fall back down onto the tail. That’s it.  All that’s left is to wait for it to dry and then frame!


Fish Impression Art - Tuna Tail


DIY FIsh Impression Art

DIY Fish Impression Art





DIY Fish Impression

Captain Marciano and I are giving one lucky winner a F/V Hard Merchandise T-Shirt and an Original Tuna Tail Fish Impression Artwork (artwork only – frame not included, print will vary). To enter the giveaway just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 and older only.  Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or prize will be redrawn.  Giveaway starts 8am Monday, July 21st until 12pm Monday, July 28th.

For more swag from F/V Hard Merchandise visit their site!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over and ends at 12pm on Monday, July 28th, 2014. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Approximate retail value is $150.00. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored by DIO Home Improvements for the tuna tail print & F/V Hard Merchandise for the t-shirt. All liabilities and responsibilities with product is directly responsible by DIO Home Improvements & F/V Hard Merchandise. Winner will be drawn by from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. Entrant is responsible for the email address they provide, whether through typing it directly or through the Facebook entry method. Dio Home Improvements is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails. All prizes will be awarded. No prize substitutions allowed. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or any other social media site and we hereby release Facebook and other social media sites of any liability. Information is provided Dio Home Improvements, not to Facebook and your information is never sold or shared. Facebook is not a sponsor of this giveaway. Prize is mailed or emailed directly by DIO Home Improvements & F/V Hard Merchandise. Dio Home Improvements & F/V Hard Merchandise in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.


28 comments for “DIY Fish Impression Art

  1. July 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    So creative!!! Wow!!! That is awesome Dria!

  2. July 23, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that before! Very unique!

  3. July 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    That is very interesting. I have never seen something like that before. But I like it

  4. chris aka monkey
    July 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    dria i live in tn and i had not ever heard or seen this before but wow i love it simply gorgeous thanks for sharing xx

  5. July 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Wow that is sch a cool way! Very easy yet classic

  6. July 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Fish impression art? I’ve never heard of this, but it looks so beautiful! Definitely very unique art!

  7. July 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    What a creative idea. I never would have thought of making a print like that. It looks fantastic in the frame. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amanda @ Growing Up Madison
    July 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I have never seen fish art before. It just looks really cool once framed. Love it!

  9. July 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Wow, that’s really cool! I love the way the finished product looks.

  10. July 22, 2014 at 4:12 am

    love the fish tail print, who would think about creating art like this. Amazing!

  11. July 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This looks really cool. I bet it was fun creating too.

  12. July 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    It does look spectacular in that room! Gloucester, MA – right up the road! Love this!

  13. July 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    i love the simplicity of this art work impression. It looks stunning in this room!

  14. July 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The print turned out really great! Thanks for sharing the great giveaway.

  15. July 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Oh I love that piece of art… It looks so unique and awesome in the living area. Thanks for sharing with us

  16. July 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    That’s a pretty cool thing to have on display. I like how it came out!

  17. Pam
    July 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This is so cool. I love the way it turned out. I don’t know where I could find a tuna tail to make one, since I live nowhere near the coast!

  18. July 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Oh wow what a neat piece of artwork and very unique way to print.

  19. July 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    That is amazing. You did such an awesome job.

  20. July 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    what a great idea. you did an amazing job!

  21. July 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What an awesome opportunity!! I love the way your art piece turned out.

  22. July 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Love this idea for my new room. Once we buy a house I am coming back to this.

  23. July 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

    That looks really awesome. At first I had no idea what it was but it looks super cool

  24. July 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

    You’re an Original! Love love love this!

  25. July 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Wow, this is really interesting. I love reading blog posts that are truly unique – there are few things that are new anymore!

  26. July 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I never would have thought to make art from a fish tail!

  27. July 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Daria, you are so creative!!! The art is fabulous!

  28. July 21, 2014 at 7:16 am

    That came out really awesome. I never would have thought to make something like that 🙂

Leave a Reply