I was once a bottle of ink by dosankodebbie

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The inspiration for this etegami comes from a silly poem titled “An Alphabet,” by the great English nonsense poet Edward Lear (1812 – 1888).

Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple hand-painted images with thoughtful words. The outline and words were made with sumi ink and a bamboo quill pen. The color was added with a natural-fiber brush pen and water soluble mineral-based paint blocks called gansai. It was done on a soft washi card.

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I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    I love Edward Lear’s poetry, and I love your wonderful companion image debbie – super!

  • Marianna Tankelevich
    Marianna Tanke...over 3 years ago

    awesome :)

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 3 years ago

    ditto ditto!

  • rafaelvargas
    rafaelvargasover 3 years ago

    LOL!! very cool!! kinda very zen to me…

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