Gyotaku Birthday Parties

Gyotaku: Japanese, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”

Tired of the same old birthday party. How about having a “Gyotaku” Birthday Party

This method of  printing  is an exciting and creative option for birthday parties for all ages. In addition to learning about the ancient art of fish rubbing, each child will be able to go home with his or her one of a kind rubbing on a T-shirt or on rice paper.

I’ve presented these workshops in varied applications, from schools, camps, corporate outings and private parties. Below are a few pictures of recent parties and camps that I did. The T-shirts below were done by a party of seven year old’s.



And of course a gyotaku party can be done with paper prints. These prints can be framed and will last for years. They are an excellent gift for grandparents.

Below are a few examples of children’s work.

Below is a rubbing of a American shad that was done by a 3rd grader at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

american shad

Below is a rubbing of a Striped bass that was done at a workshop at St Marks Lutheran School, Yonkers NY


Below is a class at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich CT

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Below is a rubbing of a Bluefish that a 3rd grader did at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

3rd grade bluefish_alt

In addition, using silk screen, I can customize your child’s party by designing a template with all the personal info and leave a space for the child to create his or her one of a kind  fish print.



Below is a sample of how a custom T-shirt could work.


For information on details, please contact Joe Mullins at
or call: (914) 271-1214.  For more information go to:

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