I made this etegami for a dear sister who dreams of some day raising donkeys in Colorado, and whom I haven't seen in over ten years. The donkey blanket was added as an afterthought, but painting on a finished etegami doesn't work very well, so I glued bits of chiyogami (colorfully patterned washi) onto the card instead. The result is a little awkward, but awkward is allowed-- and even encouraged-- in etegami. So there.
By the way, I've made this etegami available on RedBubble as a greeting card. I can think of dozens of good uses for it already. How about as invitations for a class reunion!
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.