If you enjoy the etegami images on my blog, you may be interested
in purchasing an original work. The originals are hand-painted on thick,
fuzzy, washi cards 10 cm x 15 cm (4 " x 6 ") in size, and the colors
often have a shimmer that doesn’t show up well in the scanned images.
They can be bought at already low prices from my Etsy shop,
and until December 31 you can get them even more cheaply by typing in
the code YAYYAYYAY15OFF at checkout for a 15% discount. Whether you are
interested in a purchase or not, go ahead and take a look. They ship
directly from my workshop in Japan. http://www.etsy.com/shop/dosankodebbie
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.