a change-of-pace, I like making etegami-collages, where I stick
something extra (often fabric or washi of a completely different
texture-- but this time a postage stamp), to a traditional hand-painted
etegami. I have a special interest in postage stamps, and this cow stamp
from France begged to be used in an etegami.
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.