My birthday is this month!
Are you kidding me, 56 big ones?
Yippee, I’m rocking my 50′s!
WHAT IS ETEGAMI?
Etegami literally means “picture letter/message”. The first time I saw Etegami was on Fergiemoto’s blog, creativity aroused. Fergiemoto does a updated, computer generated version which is absolutely beautiful. Fergiemoto learned about Etegami from Deborah Davidson on her blog, dosankodebbie’s etegami notebook. Of course, I had to go see what it was all about. I opted for the traditional way of doing it, since I don’t know hooey about manipulating photos on a computer, and the whole concept of being free-spirited with a brush appealed to me. These are just two of dosankodebbie’s MANY glorious and clever etegami.
The kit instructions are in Japanese so she translated the whole pamphlet for buyers. The following are excerpts from her wonderfully translated instructions. Maybe you’ll be inclined to give this a go!
The motto of Etegami is “it’s fine to be clumsy. It’s good to be clumsy.” (Sounds right up my alley!) What matters is whether or not you have put your heart into your painting, not whether the painting is a fine work of art. (Yup, still works for me!) Etegami is a one-shot deal; there is no underdrawing or practicing. Every time you paint an etegami, you are, so to speak, “broadcasting live.” (Uh oh!) There is no concept of a “failed” or “ruined” etegami. Every etegami you paint should be placed in the mail box and sent on its way to someone else. (Ok, I’m in!)
Then I got to the part that you are to hold the brush that you draw with lightly at the very top of the shaft. Raise your elbow, relax your fingers, arm and shoulders. (Uh oh again as my hands aren’t the steadiest to start with!) However, by holding the brush in this manner, it makes it difficult to control, and you can draw without the mind-clutter that urges you to draw well. (Oh…) It says it allows you to draw images and words that reflect your “you-ness”. No guts no glory I say. Here’s MY “you-ness”. The blue thingy on the side was suppose to be another flower…my suspended arm decided otherwise. Ca sera sera!
I enjoyed the process and it only took me about 20 minutes! Needless to say, I am on a mission to acquire more paint colors as the kit only came with 6. You cannot mix this type of paint or apply them over each other as they get muddy. So you see, I DO need more colors!
Hugs from art supply heaven, Margie