Fish Print

Nature provides great textures, simple introduction to printing.


Level: Novice, Intermediate

Van Aken Product(s):
Jazz liquid tempera, Jr. Jazz 'truly washable', Jazz School, or Jazz Gloss


  • Jazz paint in assorted colors
  • a big and flat fish
  • various paint brushes
  • paper towels
  • cotton
  • straight pins
  • scrap sheets of cardboard
  • heavy white paper
  • newspaper


  • clean the fish with a dampened paper towel, and if its insides have been removed stuff it with paper
  • lay fish on a piece of cardboard, spread out the tail and fins, and pin it down flat
  • cover the eye with cotton and let the fish dry two hours
  • pull pins out and put newspaper under the fish
  • brush a thick layer of tempera paint onto the fish
  • pull newspaper out and lay thick white paper on the fish and rub carefully
  • lift paper and see the print
  • after dry, paint in the details or any designs

Handy hints:
This technique can be used with other natural materials that have interesting textures. Try printing onto light blue paper or paint a background for your fish before printing it onto the paper. Cut the fish prints out and make an underwater world to show them off.