Etegomi - Have You Tried It?

United States
March 10, 2016 8:44am CST
It's a free style type of painting. "Being clumsy is OK" is the rule. You work quickly with paints, never drawing or sketching anything ahead, you just dive in and paint. Mistakes are fine, even celebrated. You choose a simple subject such as a bird, as I did. You paint it quickly, add a phrase that is uplifting and sign it with your name seal which is called a chop. A vermilion square with your name or initials. The finished painting which is usually a postcard size is given to someone to cheer them. The goal is doing one per day so you can cheer a lot of people in a week! I had to look it up after I signed up for the class, there are many rules and procedures. But I couldn't wait to get started so I looked up the style of painting and did two yesterday. Since I was not properly instructed they may not actually cheer anyone but I have designated places to send them anyway!
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@Corbin5 (84794)
• United States
10 Mar 16
That sounds like so much fun. Celebrating mistakes is a foreign thing to most of us, but how freeing that would be!
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• United States
11 Mar 16
Yes,it forgives all. Most of us are very critical of our work and hide it. This offers the freedom to let others enjoy it.
@GardenGerty (92203)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Mar 16
Now you have me curious. I notice that you have written in "characters" rather than the letters I am used to.It is bright and cheery.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
I wanted it to be with Japanese characters for the person I was sending it to. I don't know Japanese so I copied them. There is an art to the making of them and that is what I will learn in the class I signed up for. I probably went about it all wrong by copying but...there I was clumsy! So all it well.
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@Juliaacv (24397)
• Canada
10 Mar 16
Its quite pretty, I would imagine that small art pieces like this would be nice in small spaces such as bathrooms. I don't have any artistic ability, so I wouldn't attempt this, but you did a fine job.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
Thank you. This is really very basic and simple and anyone could do it. They encourage clumsy! So no matter how the drawing came out, the colors and the message is the feature. I think you would surprise yourself.
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@Shavkat (49627)
• Philippines
10 Mar 16
I haven't tried it. Since I don't have the gift. But I appreciate arts done by artists.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
The plan encourages everyone, gifted or not to paint simple things like fruit or shapes of surrounding objects and as I said, and write an inspiring message in Japanese or English. You can do this with a simple box of watercolors and a black pen. But only if you wish to do it. Just don't let perceived lack of talent discourage you.
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@PainsOnSlate (19620)
• Canada
13 Mar 16
Very pretty, is it always done on paper? Do you use watercolors? It sounds like fun with a lot of history behind it.I like the ideas of it being small and given away... I too paint but i use acrylics and paint on slate.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
I used watercolor but you can use anything you like. The idea is to do it without preparation, no drawing ahead of time, you just paint from the heart and then give it away, warts and all. No fixing or redo's.
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• Canada
14 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries very interesting. I never sketch first but I see my painted slate..
• United States
14 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate So you actually paint right from the heart!
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@LadyDuck (126032)
• Switzerland
10 Mar 16
Did you make the pain in the picture? I like it, it's very nice.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
Yes, I painted the one in the photo. It's a copy of one I saw, but this is my interpretation.
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@LadyDuck (126032)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries You are very talented, I like the colors and your personal interpretation of this small piece of art.
• United States
11 Mar 16
@LadyDuck Thanks! It was fun to do. I can't wait to paint something today.
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@JudyEv (103524)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 16
I might even enjoy this if it has the word 'clumsy' in it. :) Have you been to a class yet? I hope you enjoy it.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
The class is on the 23rd which is why I couldn't wait and just started painting on my own. I love my local library! I can attend several classes every week. They are very socially active. I'm really looking forward to it. Yesterday I painted a Flamingo.
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@JudyEv (103524)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries I 'couldn't wait' to start brick-laying classes but my back ached so badly after a while that it spoilt it for me. Another example of 'be careful what you wish for'. But I didn't mean to be negative about your painting. You'll have a blast I'm sure.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
so i reckon i can look ferward to one'f these'n the mail soon, hon? i'd be delighted to be the recipient'f such. jest love this! hmm, if'n bein' clumsy's alright 'n mistakes celebrated i might ought to look further into this. both're e'ery day occurrences fer me :D
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• United States
11 Mar 16
If you send me you address via messages, I'll send you something. :-) I've exchanged postcards with others on here.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries i might jest surely do that, ms. jean marie! what a treat that'd be :D 'course, then i'd need to take up paintin'... lol
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@Hatley (161788)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Aug 16
its lovely you really d o have talent wow
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• United States
8 Aug 16
Thanks Patsie. Are you going to give it a try?
@DianneN (62564)
• United States
14 Mar 16
I never heard of it, but I absolutely love it and the philosophy behind it. Too pretty!!!!
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• United States
14 Mar 16
It's the philosophy behind it that is so neat. It suckered me in!
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@PatZAnthony (11891)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Mar 16
It is fun and from one artist to another, you have a good eye for color and a natural talent when it comes to paining.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
Thanks Pat, it was fun to do.
@JESSY3236 (5234)
• United States
11 Mar 16
That's a beautiful painting.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
Thank you! I like that the concept of of applies to all.
@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
21 Apr 16
I love the colours! I was strongly attracted to this in the "you might also like" column. I had never heard it called this.
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@Tampa_girl7 (22172)
• United States
14 Mar 16
I like the image that you have displayed.
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@kaka135 (13567)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 16
That's interesting! I have not heard about Etegomi yet, I'd like to find out more about it. I am not artistic and not good at drawing or painting at all, but sometimes I'd just like to draw whatever I like freely. I like the rule "being clumsy is ok", it fits me so well! Lately I encourage my children to make a drawing in the morning, just draw whatever they want. I do it together with them as well. I just use the block crayons to simply draw, and sometimes I'd write down what's in my mind. I feel good for doing that. Did you draw the name seal, or do you have a name seal chop for your name? As a Chinese, I am happy to see the Chinese words you wrote in your painting, or are they Japanese? You wrote them pretty good.
• United States
15 Mar 16
i do not have a chop yet, but I plan to make one. Hopefully in the class I will take next week. Right now I am painting my initials in black but I hadn't done it when I took that picture. You are perfect for this! You are already practicing Etegomi with your children! They are Japanese I believe and I don't know what they mean because I copied them. I was a little worried as I didn't copy them exact and I hope they are kind words.
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@kaka135 (13567)
• Malaysia
16 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries I always like the chops with my name on it. The two Japanese characters you wrote are similar to Chinese characters, in Chinese, it mean "fire bird". So, I suppose they are kind words. If I am not mistaken, phoenix is said to be fire bird.
• United States
16 Mar 16
@kaka135 I was guessing Japanese, but it looks like it's Chinese. I'm very happy you could translate for me. I would love to see my name in Chinese! I will tell my sister who will be receiving this card what the letters say. Do you paint?
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@marlina (64649)
• Canada
27 Mar 16
I have absolutely no talent in drawing. You did pretty good.
• United States
27 Mar 16
Now that I have learned a bit more, I would paint this differently. Etegami is to celebrate how you paint not how good you are. Grab a box of kids watercolors and play around a bit. You will be surprised. Look up Etegami on YouTube and see how it's from your heart.
@BelleStarr (33683)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Mar 16
I love it, it is beautiful and it sounds like fun. I have absolutely no talent when it comes to drawing.
• United States
14 Mar 16
Thanks! It is fun. You would probably be surprised at what you could do.
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@just4him (95611)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Mar 16
That looks like fun. That bird is great. It's a Phoenix right? I couldn't do that. I can't draw, maybe animals, but nothing else and I need a picture to guide me where animals are concerned. Forget people or anything else. That picture will put a smile on the person's face who receives it. I guarantee it. It did mine
• United States
10 Mar 16
Thanks Valerie! I gave a flamingo away today to my sister and she had a nice smile. The goal is to give one away every day, but I doubt I will be able to do that. I'm awfully busy with so many other things.
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@Susan2015 (19211)
• United States
16 Mar 16
That is very good. But I don't have any artistic ability at all so that wouldn't work for me.
• United States
14 Mar 16
I am not one that enjoys creating art in that form. I fear what the picture will look like. Other people in my family are gifted artists. I am not one of them.