I had an unfinished snake etegami left over from making new year cards for 2013, the year of the snake. So I wrote the words of a Japanese proverb and added it to my long-neglected Japanese Proverb series.
Translated literally, the words say
"let yourself be wrapped up by what is long," and it means that the
safest course of action is to do whatever the person in power (your
boss, for example) wants.
It's a proverb I've never illustrated before,
because it irritates me. I've decided to leave it uncolored for the time
being. It will soon be on its way to a Postcrosser in the Ukraine.
Oops, I just realized the irony of that. Hmm, maybe I'll send it to the
Postcrosser in the Netherlands instead.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
My eyes have been too strained lately to paint new etegami. But "I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep." (Robert Frost, for those who don't know.)
So here is what I do when I can't paint: I cut out pretty cards from boxes that various foodstuffs come in. In fact, I never throw away cereal boxes or cookie boxes or tea boxes or bird seed boxes or curry roux boxes (you name the box) without first cutting out postcard-sized pieces of the most interesting or colorful parts of the box. I keep these on hand for all sorts of uses. Like for writing thank-you notes to include with the orders I ship to my Etsy customers.
Monday is the day I reserve for sending etegami to shut-ins and people in the hospital or nursing homes. Today, I picked the salmon eggs card for my father, who spent nearly his entire adult life in Japan, but now lives in a nursing home in the US. The cereal box card with raspberries are for a sweet Japanese lady in a nursing home in Japan. The handwritten words on the raspberry card say "Trying very hard to remember the smell of summer."
Friday, February 28, 2014
They Draw and Cook has announced a new illustrated recipe contest that is actually open to worldwide submissions, and not just the US (believe me, this is rare). Who wants to take up the challenge? http://www.theydrawandcook.com/glad-party
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
here to see sample pages. Both print version and ebook version (for iPad and iPhone) can be ordered through my bookstore on the Blurb website.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This is a very simple way to make an 8-page minibook. Any size of paper will do as long as you can divide it into eight equal-sized blocks. Note that pages 1-4 are the reverse of pages 5-8 (the top of each section meets at the center line), and that pages 7 and 8 will be your book covers. Fold on the broken lines, and cut on the solid line, which extends for only the connecting line between the four middle blocks.
I made my etegami minibook by taping the etegami cards together to form eight equal-sized blocks, leaving the connecting line between the four middle blocks un-taped to make the equivalent of the book pattern shown.