The December 2012 issue of the Etegami Fun Club Newsletter is OUT. If you have signed up for it, it should be in your mail box. Let me know if you can't find it, or if you can't open the file. Readers who would like to sign up (it's free) should send their email address to dosankodebbie (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) jp
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.