This was just an improptu "job" based on a friend's nick. Executed on the back of a business card using a brush pen - The "hanko" is actually a small scribbling made with a red felt tip.
Written on normal watercolor paper (not washi). The coloured "frame" is just a piece of paper I placed on the scanner's bed, but it's not part of the actual work.
Precisely the same method employed for the previous year's greetings
This one was a bit complicated. It's an augural work for a friend's child (Felice would be "Happy" in Italian, and in Germany it is used as a woman name, apparently).
The writing is in Chinese and means "Joyful Girl" - I usually work with the traditional black ink only, but in this case I tried to "match" similar works made in the past for the other two children by someone else... I used special pens for the actual calligraphy while the extra stuff you can see around the ideograms are paper decorations I glued to the paper.
I will probably experiment more with colour in the future, but I doubt I will try to repeat the same endeavour unless it's specifically requested by someone.
The writing is "Barbarian Woman" (i.e. Barbara, at least in Italian). It was realized as a standard calligraphy first, then photographed, cropped, some changes were made to color tones, and finally sent to eshirt for printing on a t-shirt.
Painting directly on the fabric is obviously possible, but requires special paints (which I suppose would, in turn, require dedicated brushes) and will probably require a much longer process before perfecting the technique.
Same process as the one shown in Barbara.
This time I used a normal paper sheet (pure white is considered transparent when printing on the fabric). I draw the image with an actual brush, using ShoDo and watercolors inks, then applied the sigil.
The writing under the picture is "Haru Kitty", i.e. "Hallo Kitty" in Japanese.
This was written (with Fude-pen) on a sheet of paper taken from a Nepalese notebook.
This had the interesting characteristic of having small little printings on the upper right side, repeating for a group of pages.
I choose one representing a Dragon, considering that 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.
Inspired by a work from a calligrapher/sumi-e artist I saw in Japan, I have decided to experiment more with white-on-black.
This is "horse" (2013 is the year of the horse) and was made using water-based acrylic paint on black paper.