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etegami workshop

What is etegami?

Etegami literally means “picture letter”.  It is a picture and a message.  There are really no rigid rules on how to draw etegami.  Everything is freestyle.  Just draw and write what you feel.  No practice drawings, no rough drafts...lest you lose that moment of inspiration.  

 
"O green tea, don't lose out!"

"O green tea, don't lose out!"

In the workshop...

We will let our creativity fly using everyday items for inspiration.  We will use regular watercolours* and paint on postcard-size watercolour paper for our creations.  

We will also show you a safe (no sharp knives!) and easy way to make your personal hanko -- this the red seal you see in most oriental paintings.  It's the artist's signature!

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*A note on the materials...
We will use regular watercolours for our workshops but if you must know... traditional Japanese
etegami uses Japanese pigments called gansai and sumi ink (for the black parts) and calligraphy brushes for painting.  But we thought it best to keep it simple and use more familiar (and less expensive!) items like the ol' watercolour set!

All in the spirit of fun.  C'mon, let's enjoy etegami together!

"Sometimes, waiting silently is also important."

"Sometimes, waiting silently is also important."

The typical etegami usually consists of a drawing of something mundane, trivial...something you see in everyday life but normally take for granted.  Take a closer look at the things you touch or see everyday.  Find that most beautiful angle and draw it!  The accompanying message is also up to you.  It could be a proverb, an original poem, a straight sentence, or a wisecrack.  Say whatever it is that is bursting out of you.  

"Good fortune comes to the home that laughs."

"Good fortune comes to the home that laughs."

Why postcard-size?

Etegami is normally done on postcards because they are meant to be posted!  The whole idea is to send a message straight from the heart.  You are not supposed to hoard the etegami you make...but you can keep those that you receive!   ^_^

This is gansai.

This is gansai.