I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about a fun etegami call conceived by librarian and etegami aficionado, Judy Brown.
Theme: Books, reading, libraries, or literacy
Send to: c/o Judy Brown, San Miguel Library, P.O.Box 86, San
Miguel, CA, 93451 USA
Deadline: Etegami submissions must reach the San Miguel Library by June 12 to be included in the exhibit.
You may mail your etegami as-is, but if you want it to be better protected, I suggest sending it in an envelope. You may submit as many as you want, but your etegami can not be returned to you.
Here's the original notice that Judy posted on the Etegami Fun Club page on Facebook.
"San Miguel Library will have a special program of Japanese
drummers and more to celebrate the annual summer reading program and
Japanese culture. A display of Etegami would be a wonderful addition. If
you would like to send an etegami about books, reading, libraries, or
literacy, please mail them to San Miguel Library, P.O.Box 86, San
Miguel, CA, 93451 Thank you!"
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.