Koi Fish Printing

Blogger / 4 February, 2020 / Nanny Anita

Koi Fish Printing

As Chinese New Year approaches (8th Feb) we took the time to paint some beautiful Koi fish. Koi fish are domesticated carp fish, which are also related to the Goldfish, but they are still found within Chinese legends and are associated with good fortune, long life, success, courage and other things.

Koi Fish Legend

Once, a long time a go, a school of golden Koi began to make the journey up the Yellow River in China. As they fought against the current they gained strength. Finally they reached the end of the river, but there was a waterfall in their way. Many of the Koi gave up and let the flow of the river carry them back downstream. A few of the Koi refused to give up and began leaping from the depths of the river. Their unsuccessful jumps caught the attention of some demons, who made fun of them and heightened the waterfall out of spite. After a 100 years had passed, one of the Koi finally managed to reach the top. The Gods recognised the perseverance and determination of the Koi, and turned it into a golden dragon to be the image of power and strength.

You will need:

Download the Koi fish templates and cut them out.


When we used the watercolour paper we painted the water on first, whereas when we painted on the plain paper we painted the fish first.


Rather than paint the fish, we used sponges to dab the paint on, this created a really nice bubble affect that made it look like they had scales.


Both EC and YC really enjoyed doing this craft and experimenting with how to paint their pictures and create different effects using different techniques. We all would have painted all evening if we could have, but unfortunately for EC and YC then had a Drs appointment. At least the activity took their minds off it before hand.


EC and YC's very colourful Koi fish.

EC and YC’s very colourful Koi fish.

EC's Koi fish in a fish tank being feed black bits of food.

EC’s Koi fish in a fish tank being feed black bits of food.

May this new Luna year bring you good fortune, prosperity and good health.

In The Spotlight

Heelys Rolls Into Spring With New Collection

Heelys, the original two-in-one wheely shoe launched in 2000, is preparing for the upcoming Easter holidays with its new spring collection. Ideal for encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle, the stylish designs will ensure kids (big and small) will roll through the holidays with ease.

The collection consists of 19 designs, including three brand new Heelys shapes: Reserve Ex, Reserve Low and Pro 20 Half Flood. The Reserve Ex has a basketball shoe style, while the Reserve Low and Pro 20 Half Flood tap into the current Y2K trend for an extra chunky sole.

Match your Heelys to your mood, with designs split across two main aesthetics – a darker colour scheme vs. a lighter, spring-inspired palette. Think camouflage print, graffiti text and paint drips contrasting with pastel colours, tie-dye, metallic laces, foil and rainbow print.

Available in the UK and Europe on the Heelys website and retailers, the collection is available in sizes C12-7 across single or two-wheeled styles. RRPs range from £49.99 to £69.99.


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