How to Paint Etegami

a step-by-step guide for creating Japanese-style postcards

ONE

Wet the bottom half of your calligraphy brush with sumie ink.

TWO

Loosly hold the end of the brush with your thumb, index and middle fingers. Lift your elbow up in the air even with your shoulders.

THREE

With your brush on the postcard, slowly outline the subject -- keeping your eyes on the subject. The idea is to go very slow, creating interesting lines. It is pleasing to the eye to have the outline extend beyond the postcard border.