Monday, September 26, 2011


My mind is currently full of dragons; The reason being that I start thinking of designs for my etegami nengajou (Japanese New Year cards) around this time of year, and 2012 happens to be The Year of the Dragon.

Here are a couple that I just finished. The first was inspired by The Tale of Custard the Dragon, a sweet and funny poem by Ogden Nash, which is too long to post here. The second was inspired by The Dragon of Grindly Grun, a funny poem by Shel Silverstein, which (in a strange way) appeals to my passion for cooking. It's short enough to quote in full, so here it is:

The Dragon of Grindly Grun

I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
I breathe fire as hot as the sun.
When a knight comes to fight
I just toast him on sight,
Like a hot crispy cinnamon bun.

When I see a fair damsel go by,
I just sigh a fiery sigh,
And she'd baked like a 'tater-
I think of her later
With a romantic tear in my eye.

I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
But my lunches aren't very much fun,
For I like my damsels medium rare,
and they always come out well done.

by Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)


  1. Nice ones! I just love the way paint bleeds to paper just a little and the colors are so fresh.<3

  2. Yes, ferocious and dragons are synonyms.
    Beautifully done.

  3. The Tale of Custard the Dragon is one of my favorite story poems. It's so interesting to see a new view of him.

  4. Love these, and love the Shel Silverstein poem. I often read his poems to my classes when we have a few extra minutes...that's one I'll have to remember!