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A Beginner's Guide to Etegami (print or digital version)



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This is a step-by-step guide to creating Etegami, a Japanese postcard art that combines simple hand-painted images with handwritten words on washi postcards. As far as I know, it is the first of its kind in English. The book is divided into 22 brief chapters that lead the reader through the origins, the materials, the process, and the possibilities of the art of Etegami. It includes links to online suppliers of etegami materials and tools. Please take note of the dimensions (below) and be warned that it is a very SMALL book, but it is packed to the gills with content.

Dimensions of the book: small square, 7 inches x 7 inches (approx 17 cm x 17 cm). Total of 60 pages featuring 60+ different photographs, including the front and back cover.

Softcover, premium quality paper with mat finish.



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206 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

This little book is a GEM! I received it as I was walking out the door for my flight to Tokyo and was thrilled to read it on the plane. While I have a book in Japanese, I love how Debbie explains the steps in great detail, emphasizing the stillness in the strokes (and in English!). When I return from Tokyo, I plan to set a goal of doing an etagami-a-day for 30 days over the summer. Thank you, Debbie, for writing such a great book!!!

Lynn Cooper Jun 12, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE Debbie's book and purchased it as part of a kit for a raffle at Japan Festival Houston. Debbie's clear instructions and clever etegami paintings make for a fantastic book!

Lynn Cooper May 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Speedy delivery and a wonderful book. Small in size but big in content......a very distinctive style of fact quite a treasure!!

Naomi A Kanda Aug 14, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Debbie’s amazing little book about etegami is one of the few in English & a sweet introduction to this lovely Japanese folk art form. I started teaching classes & her book is invaluable! Debbie shipped viaYamato to get it to my house in time for my students !! So appreciated!

Christina Schwabecher Mar 4, 2021