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:
- Paper – we used both ordinary card stock and watercolour paper
- Koi fish template
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.
May this new Luna year bring you good fortune, prosperity and good health.