Etegamist

Hand-painted Watercolor and Sumi Ink Etegami Art

Washington, D.C.

Announcement    I do etegami-style artwork, using watercolor and sumi ink. Etegami literally means "picture letters," and they are handpainted on a thick, porous washi postcard with gansai, a Japanese watercolor, and sumi ink. Etegami must always include a phrase, quote, or word, and both the words and the image often have a seasonal meaning. As a "signature," etegami artists use a simple stamp (hanko).

I am more than happy to work with you on custom images -- message me for more information!

To learn more about etegami, please check out my blog, etegamist.com.

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I do etegami-style artwork, using watercolor and sumi ink. Etegami literally means "picture letters," and they are handpainted on a thick, porous washi postcard with gansai, a Japanese watercolor, and sumi ink. Etegami must always include a phrase, quote, or word, and both the words and the image often have a seasonal meaning. As a "signature," etegami artists use a simple stamp (hanko).

I am more than happy to work with you on custom images -- message me for more information!

To learn more about etegami, please check out my blog, etegamist.com.

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Etegami watercolor and sumi ink art

I started doing etegami-style painting in January 2012, inspired by other artists doing the same type of work. Etegami is a Japanese folk art, painted typically on washi postcards with gansai watercolors and sumi ink. The washi, or paper, that etegami is painted on is usually very porous in nature, allowing the paint and ink to bleed. Etegami also always have some words or quotation on them, expressing the sentiment of the artist and the image. You will find that the style of writing is often rather blocky or child-like -- this is intentional.

I occasionally write in Japanese, when I have time to practice my characters -- it's good practice, to help me keep up the Japanese I learned after living there for 6 years. Often I will write in English, using quotations I like or original phrases or haikus I have written.

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  • Alison Raab Labonte

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a full-time librarian, and a part-time painter. I focus on etegami, a Japanese folk art that combines images painted in watercolor & sumi ink with some words or quotations. I also like cooking, traveling, hiking, cycling, & (sometimes) running.

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