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How To Create A Wonderful Rainbow Fish Display

I still can’t get enough of the beautiful fish paintings of Louis Renard. I have used them again in creating a fun rainbow fish display for my gallery wall.

It’s amazing to think that these wonderful tropical fish illustrations were painted in the early 18th Century. They are such bright, colorful, and fantastical paintings.

Louis painted well over a hundred different fish in an amazing array of colors. I thought it would be fun to select some of the most colorful vintage fish pictures and create a rainbow fish display.

I’ve already got a Louis Renard IKEA floor lamp hack in my living room and these rainbow fish pictures will complement it. I also have a unique rainbow upcycled gallery wall of vintage George Shaw bird paintings.

Free printable rainbow fish watercolor

The Rainbow Fish Pictures

The create my rainbow fish gallery I carefully went through all the vintage fish paintings of Louis Renard and picked out my favorite colorful ones.

I have a colorful home and I’m very fond of DIY rainbow decor. To add to it I wanted to make a rainbow of fish. To create a rainbow fish gallery I carefully went through all the vintage fish paintings of Louis Renard and picked out my favorite colorful ones.

I just choose fish that were one of the main colors of the rainbow. That is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo.

With the original fish prints, the fish were swimming from right to left. Personally, I think for a gallery wall it looks better if the fish swim the other way, left to right. So in Photoshop, I flipped the fish paintings to swim that way.

To download the rainbow fish pictures, click on the title above the colors you want.

Red Rainbow Fish Pictures

Louis Renard fish red for rainbow fish display

Orange Rainbow Fish Pictures

Orange Louis Renard Fish for rainbow fish display

Yellow Rainbow Fish Pictures

Louis Renard Yellow rainbow fish pictures

Green Rainbow Fish Pictures

Green rainbow fish picture for rainbow display

Blue Rainbow Fish Pictures

blue rainbow fish pictures

Indigo/violet Fish Pictures

violet rainbow fish display pictures

How To Make A Rainbow Fish Display

What you need

  • Large picture frame – I used an old frame I already had. It was large enough to display 18 rainbow fish pictures.
  • Watercolor inkjet paper – This paper is just like watercolor paper for painting and gives the printed rainbow pictures a good depth of colors. The texture and feel of the paper is much better than normal computer paper and makes the prints look like real watercolor paintings.
  • Glue dots
  • The rainbow fish pictures: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo/violet.

1.. Print the colored fish pictures onto the watercolor inkjet paper. Make sure that you print in landscape mode and choose the best print quality option in the printer software menu options. Four fish should print onto each page.

print menu options
Printed rainbow fish pictures on watercolor paper

2. Next, there are four fish pictures on each printed watercolor page. To add to the handpainted look, instead of cutting each fish print out I tore the paper. Fold the paper over a metal ruler where you want to tear. Brush a small amount of water on the fold and then gently tear the paper. This will give the paper a nice feathered edge.

dabbing with water
Tearing paper
Torn fish pictures

3. Next, once all the fish pictures have been torn into individual prints, arange them on your frame in a rainbow. The frame I used for this rainbow fish display was big enough for a 3×6 arrangement. I arranged 3 fish of the same color in each of the six rows, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Rainbow fish display postcards
Playing around with fish gallery wall

4. Then, once you are happy with the arangement of the rainbow fish pictures, use glue dots to secure them in place.

using glue dots
using glue dots to arrange vintage fish watercolor postcards.

All that is left to do is to hang the rainbow fish display on the wall. I didn’t put any glass on my picture frame. I like pictures without glass, as I prefer not to have any glare. Pictures without glass are also lighter and easier to hang.

The watercolor paper makes the fish pictures look like real paintings. The colors on the paper look fabulous and bright too.

Vintage rainbow fish display
rainbow fish display

If you are fond of colorful sealife images you should check out some of the other collections on Pictureboxblue. Such as the amazing colorful coral reef illustrations or the sealife posters of Adolphe Millot. Many of the nature form art posters of Ernst Haeckel are also of sealife.

There are many more rainbow home decor ideas on Pillarboxblue.

Rainbow fish gallery wall


Sunday 13th of September 2020

These are lovely, Claire! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Thank you, glad you enjoyed them.


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Beautiful diy Clair. The tip to use watercolor inkjet paper is really helpful. I agree about the decoupage - what a fun project that would be. Now what can I decoupage these cute fish to........

take care RR


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Thank you, watercolor paper really makes a difference to the prints.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

love the post and how delicately you cared for each that you took. The colors of the fish are beautiful the original artist would be so happy come see us at


Friday 11th of September 2020

Thank you so much!


Monday 7th of September 2020

This is lovely! I painted fish in my bathroom and I framed my sketches, but they are not so detailed and colourful as these. I would definately try something similar but with a different animal or birds. Thank you for sharing. :)


Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Thank you, I bet the fish look great in your bathroom. I've seen some fabulous wallpaper that uses vintage fish paintings that I think would look fabulous in a bathroom.

Elena Wiggins

Saturday 5th of September 2020

This is so neat! My son loves animals and recently we visited a nearby aquarium, so fish are a new fascination. He would love something like this to stare at!


Saturday 5th of September 2020

Thank you, they are beautiful fish to look at.