About the Etegamist

I do etegami. Etegami is a Japanese folk art, and it literally means “picture letters.” Using watercolor,  sumi ink, and a handmade stamp (or “chop”, or, you know Japanese, a hanko), I paint original works on a thick, porous washi paper. Etegami must always include a phrase or quote or word to go with the image. Most often I send my etegami to friends as thank yous or as greetings.

As a “signature,” etegami artists use a simple stamp, often hand-carved from a regular eraser.

I see my original work on Etsy, and am more than happy to work with you on custom images — contact me for more information!

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All works in this blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.



  1. Oh, how tickled I am that you have decided to follow my blog Alison! I adore etegami and am a huge fan of Dosankodebbie. I am off to spend some time with your etegami! Such a lovely site you have here. Margie

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