Monday, May 16, 2011

blank washi postcards now in my etsy shop

Many of you have asked me how to order etegami materials online, and I've written several posts sharing what information I could dig up on the subject. Some of you have found what you were looking for, some have improvised and come up with great solutions, and many others have continued to be frustrated by the difficulty of selecting and ordering the right kind of paper.

So, I finally broke down and decided to start offering blank washi postcards on my Etsy shop. Today I posted two different brands of Hongasenshi, the cardstock that I personally recommend for Etegami. I don't know the language that Western artists use to describe paper, so all I can say is that I like the way these two brands of paper interact with ink and paint.

I'm hoping that you can use the writing brushes and paints that you already have, or that you can find a supplier for them with less difficulty than it has been to find the right kind of paper.

Go here to learn more about the washi cards I am offering on my shop. If you could order directly from the paper suppliers, it would end up being much cheaper for you, since my prices reflect the postage, Japanese sales tax, and handling fees that I have to pay when I order the supplies. But at least this will be an easier way for you to get your washi cards. : )


  1. thank you for your help, Debbie! if i dont find the source i'll use yours.

    i have a question about にじみ of postcards. There are 5 grades. if the grade is nearer to 弱 (weak) it means that ink doesnt spread much? or visa versa?

    please help my weak brains to understand this thing.

  2. @MariaF, That's right-- On a Nijimi scale of 1 to 5, 1 will spread the least, and 5 will spread the most.

    BUT, some brands have only a scale of 1 to 3, and you have to interpret the scale from other clues (like the words). The brand that I use most often only makes one kind of card, so they don't have a scale at all.

  3. the thing is that the scale i am looking at is like this

    on the left there is kanji for strong and then five squares of grades and on the right side of these squares kanji for weak. if the rightest square is checked does it mean that ink on this kind of paper spreads the least?

  4. Yes, I think "weak" means that the nijimi is weak-- so if the square on the far right is marked, it will spread the least of the paper made by that particular brand.

  5. Oooh I am so tempted. I love all kinds of Japanese paper!

  6. thank you agan, Debbie!

    by the way i asked for permission to publish this link of catalogue that i am about to order from.

    here it is

    they've kindly agreed to help me with ordering their products. There is etegami section in the catalogue and the cards with nijimi can be found there.

  7. @Maria, I'm glad you found someone to help you with your order. Kuretake is a good company. I use a lot of their products.