I've enjoyed the feedback many of you have given me on my barnyard series. I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to them all. So far I've got goats, lambs, ducklings, barn owls, chickens, donkeys, cows and cow
pats!, cats, pigs, and others I can't remember right now. Oh yeah, I'm working on honey bees too! My barnyard calendar is almost complete. (happy dance)
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.