Recently I've discovered an art form from Japan called "Etegami" E stands for picture and tegami stands for words or message. So, a small picture accompanied by words which are written on the painting itself. In Japan many of these are done simply with black and white Sumi ink. A distinguishing characteristic of these little treasures is the use of a red seal (chop) that gives the artist's name.
Years ago when I was spending time in Japan every year I had a number of these chops made by a local seal maker in Kameoka. I use them on watercolors to sign my pieces. Now I'm enjoying embarking on an adventure doing etegami. I've made a new friend in Japan, Debbie, who has been promoting etegami with a delightful website: EtegamibyDosankoDebbie. For a while I plan to post my humble attempts at this form on this blog.