Labontegami--an etegami watercolor blog

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). Topics I cover are wide-ranging: flowers and plants; all sorts of animals; wordplay, idioms, and quotations from novelists, poets, and anyone else who piques my interest; food and recipes; books and libraries (echoing my day job). To learn more about etegami, please check out my blog,