This print was made using Chinese paper, Acrylic Ink and scallop shells. Yes that's right actual shells. Gyotaku is a method of printing where you ink the specimen and then press paper over the surface to create an impression. By it's nature, every print taken from the same specimen will be unique as they are re inked for each print. The paper is then cockled and I use the uruachi method of wet mounting to flatten the paper ready for framing. This involves applying a thin paste of water and flour over the reverse of the print until it is completely saturated and flat. A second sheet of paper is then applied to this and using a palm brush the two are flattened together and then left to dry for around 24 hours. The result is a perfectly flat sheet ready to be framed. Uruachi is an authentic method that has been used in Japan for over 1000 years.