Considering that the modern etegami movement was born from a rebellion against the restrictions of traditional Japanese arts-- particularly calligraphy-- I was a little surprised when a website called Beyond Calligraphy asked me for an article introducing etegami to calligraphers. Click HERE to see the result.
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.
Wow--another delightful education in your article! Thanks you.ReplyDelete
Thanks for reading it, Carol. There was nothing in it that I haven't said many times before, but it was good to have another chance to summarize it for those who didn't know.Delete
Excellent article, Debbie. I am always inspired by the words and pictures you use in your etegami but thought it was beyond my ability. After reading that being awkward is okay, I might give it a go!ReplyDelete
Yes, definitely give it a go!Delete
I really enjoyed the whole article about Etegami explained to calligraphers.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Therese!Delete
I'm honored, Juliet!Delete
Excellent article. Good job!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Linda. Coming from you, that means a lot.Delete