This is an Etegami painting on a soft washi card. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with thoughtful words.
This image of a cicada was designed as a summer greeting card with the formulaic Japanese summer greeting: “Hoping this finds you well in spite of the heat of mid-summer,” but I’ve left the words out of this version.
Materials used for this piece are sumi ink, gansai paints, and absorbent washi cardstock. The drawing tools I used are natural fiber Japanese writing brushes and coloring brushes. Dimensions of the original work are 10cm x 15cm (approx. 4” x 6”).
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