View Full Version : Encaustic Art Swap, Due April 1st

02-19-2008, 06:52 AM
Swap Due Date - 1st April
Signup/withdraw date - 25th March
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of participants - unlimited

This is a swap for encaustic wax art, an unpredictable and colourful experience! If you don't have encaustic art supplies, melted crayons are also acceptable for this swap! I would love to see what people come up with for the crayons. (Be careful with fumes from melted crayons, I have heard they can irritate if got too hot)

Although encaustic art can be very abstract, it would be nice to see some images within the wax but not totally necessary!
I encourage participants to post their creations to the thread as they make so that everyone can see.
I am in England so most of the return postage for me I will cover (for international players). If you are in the UK send a SSAE.
If you are international, a self addressed envie is very helpful to me. If you would like to send me stamps from the USA I would be most grateful as I can then send them to swap hosts of swaps I play in.
Make sure that you have your username on all your cards! (and also your envie)
If you need to withdraw, just let me know. When you are ready to send, PM me for my address. (Please note that I moved house in June so if you are storing an old address for me and are not sure if it is my recent one....please PM me to check!)
OKAY! Who wants to play??


A good link
1. Loralou -
2. Stilatthetop - received!
3. Stacymh - received!
4. stormarela - received!
5. Jetlag - received!
8. j4mi3 - received!
9. ergobeck - received!
10. busybear - received!
11. 3katz - received!
12. Seekingforart - received!
13 Barbcards - received!
15. Vicki Z - Received!
16 Gretchen - now Egod - received!
17. kbutts - received!
19. artblitz
21 nickactally
22. sparklet
23. Sallyann - received!
24. micromummy -received!
25. Marla - received!
26. WendyK -received!
27. flowergurl4eva - checked in
31. alisl - received
32. frog princess - received!
33. therapyartist - received!

02-19-2008, 07:40 AM
I have just pm'd you Loralou

02-19-2008, 09:28 AM
I had a PM from someone asking to join and I forget who it was, so post here again and I will add you!

02-19-2008, 10:28 AM
Red x's? I don't see any of those.....

02-19-2008, 08:06 PM
I am here! :jiggy:

02-21-2008, 01:15 AM
I'm here. I was Gretchen and have changed my name. Egod has to do with my real name as Gretchen did not. I have uploaded four cards for this swap, the first I have ever done. I may do more or different. I don't think we can post to the thread as I just tried unsuccessfully. What a relief to have a site again! I just noticed that I have no i-trader rating. Wonder if that's because I changed my name? My rating was around 65 previously.

02-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Hi everyone...good to be back!

Well, my husband bought me those encaustic art supplies for my birthday that I had been wanting (*clapping with joy*) so I guess I better be brave and have a go at it... Please sign me up!!!

wondering about my iTrader too...I believe I had 28 or so.

02-21-2008, 01:24 PM
Please sign me up

02-21-2008, 02:27 PM
Whoo hoo hello everyone! And welcome flowergurl4eva.

02-21-2008, 04:24 PM
I'm here, jumping back on the list....

02-21-2008, 08:18 PM
I'm still in! Loralou, please pm me your address again please? I can't find it. I swear, thank God my head is attached to my neck! LOL!

02-21-2008, 08:26 PM
This is a no-brainer for me as I've been playing around with melted crayons anyhow! Hope its ok for me to play with only 2 iTrader points, by the way...?

02-21-2008, 10:13 PM
Hi Loralou...I guess you missed my post to join...may I please?

02-21-2008, 11:12 PM
I'm here and looking forward to the swap. I just made my first even encaustic cards today, on the same griddle I use to make pancakes for breakfast (cleaned first of course). I'll post photos soon.

02-21-2008, 11:27 PM
Can I join this one please....I been obsessing about trying this stuff out. I cant believe there is acually a swap with this. Great venue to try out new stuff.:D

Vicki Z
02-22-2008, 09:09 AM
Say, Loralou,
I think you had a link on the old site with some directions for making Encaustic Art.
Can you re-post that link?

02-22-2008, 01:46 PM
I am here. For some reason I had the original due date marked as April 10, but no worries, I have changed it on my list. The tutorial was a good help for a newbie like me, btw.

02-22-2008, 02:59 PM
Ok guys I have now got everyone signed up! i will have to repost a tutorial. I will make a new one tonight so as to not have problems with copyright!

02-22-2008, 05:00 PM
I have made it here...I am excited for this swap....

02-23-2008, 08:51 PM
mine will go in the mail Monday. here's a sneak peek (I'm keeping the one on the upper right)


02-23-2008, 09:16 PM
Well, I shouldn't, I have an awful lot on my plate, but I can't resist!!!!

*sigh* please sign me up.

BTW, Ergobeck, those are awesome.

02-23-2008, 10:32 PM
egrobeck those are gorgeous!

02-24-2008, 12:30 AM
thank you all so much! I'd forgotten how much fun encaustic can be! now I want to make more!

02-24-2008, 05:49 AM
Ergobeck wow!!!!!:swoon:
And welcome rkolig!

02-24-2008, 12:47 PM
Just made it here and checking in to see what swaps are still ongoing. Lovely to see you all

02-24-2008, 04:49 PM
Those are very nice. I was wondering if stamping and collage as well as encaustic is okay. I love the ones by egrobeck above. What do you think, Loralou?

02-24-2008, 05:00 PM
Well I have already received cards from 2 people where they have used embellishments and collage etc... as I didn't specifically say you couldn't add other bits I am allowing it and welcoming it for this swap.... but think I will host another one day which is pure wax.
So embellish away guys :)

02-25-2008, 09:21 AM
well, my encaustic art workshop didnt happen, so I am well cheesed off with that - and I think I really enjoy creating abstract art encaustically too - if that is still allowed I would love to still play

many thanks

02-25-2008, 02:43 PM
Go for it.

Frog Princess
02-25-2008, 10:28 PM
Oooooh- can I play? I've been creating some encaustic ATCs this week! Love these!

02-26-2008, 12:12 AM
I found a pretty neat book in the library today, Wax Art by Hazel Marsh. I thought some of the rest of you might find it useful. I haven't had time to really look at it yet. It seems to have basic instructions with lots of pictures for painting with your iron--landscapes, fantasy landscapes, other pictures (floral, etc.). I felt the need for some instruction!

02-26-2008, 05:38 AM
Sounds good egod! I found I was making landscapes over and over.... then picked up a book and started making all sorts of images with the wax! Sometimes you just need a spark of inspiration and you are off!
frog princess...welcome :)

02-28-2008, 02:35 PM
Received lovely landscapes from frig princess today!

02-28-2008, 03:16 PM
Anyone else who is here but hasn't 'checked in', let me know!

03-02-2008, 01:21 PM
Hi, checking in!

03-02-2008, 01:39 PM
Do any of you have trouble with the wax cracking, or is that just because I am not using the real (encastic wax) stuff? I googled, and the art sites I found recommend using a rigid board (masonite) for paintings. Am I just not using a stiff enough card back? I have to say, that for the look I am going for, the cracks actually add to things, but I am concerned the wax will flake off. I sprayed with workable fixitif last night and am now "baking" it under my lamp. Then I plan to adhere another layer of card to the back. People are right when they say prepare for unexpected results! The wax on this background is quite thick...maybe that is my trouble, but I wish to "scratch board" some images, so I need it this way. I used photo paper, and it seems not to have enough "tooth" to grip the wax. I will be experimenting away today with other card stocks and waxes that I have. Just curious what my troubles are at this point.

03-02-2008, 01:39 PM
Nice to see you SallyAnn!
Received cards from ergobeck today! Thanks for including the US postage ;) appreciated. Gorgeous cards.

03-02-2008, 01:41 PM
Silatthetop I do my cards on very flimsy card and it doesn't crack so I would guess it is the type of wax you are using. Are you using beeswax? This is what you prob should be using as ordinary candle wax will def go very hard and crack.

03-02-2008, 01:49 PM
No, I am using crayola crayon. I then topped with a paste-up wax (clear) that is quite flexible. The kind they used to use when making newspaper layouts...to stick the copy down to the boards. Crayon is parafin like candle wax with dye instead of pigment like the encaustic wax has, but also has oil additives to make it slick. I will go hunt my stash for a beeswax candle stub I saved and try that mixed with the crayon for color. This sure is fun experimenting, even if I don't have the best results so far! I was up half the night with this project.

03-02-2008, 01:52 PM
Well it sounds as it would be best to have a very sturdy background card then, and try to keep thin if you can. However a few cracks might add to the effect!

03-02-2008, 06:13 PM
OOOOOO. What a difference the beeswax makes, and mine is from a candle, so it is slightly scented! Yummy! I am well on my way now. Thanks for the advice! I switced to regular card stock, too. I coated it with a layer of clear beeswax (well, slightly yellowed...but it won't matter with the colors I added on top), then used the crayons to go over top. Looking good so far! I am scratching into it as we speak...and even with flexing the card a little...no cracks! It bonded good to the card stock. I think the gloss paper was too much of a resist for it, in addition to the crayon being brittle.

03-02-2008, 06:20 PM
Glad to hear you had a success with it! Can't wait to see the results.

03-02-2008, 07:06 PM
Just to back up to my earlier post...The process that I put my original experiment through seems to have worked. In my googles, I read that a lot of artists put their art under a warm lamp to final set it. First I put a generous layer of workable fixitif on mine and let it dry overnight. I learned of the lamp part while I was waiting for the fixitif to dry. I did not want to light the house on fire, as fixitif is highly flameable. I just now cut the cards with a paper cutter (I like to work slightly oversized and trim), and it is almost like a plastic at this stage. I can still scratch into it with a dental tool, though, but no additional cracking. The lamp sealed most of the cracks as well. I add this because I know that many members here are experimenting with this as a medium. Any maybe seasoned members can be inspired to "play dumb" like I am, and experiment further than the books tell you to. I discover some really interesting things when I just play around with stuff, and throw all the rules out the window! LOL.

03-05-2008, 09:18 AM
OK. Here are my best three. I certainly haven't perfected the technique yet, but I am pleased with them all the same. I included an extra surprise for the host! Enjoy.

03-05-2008, 02:01 PM
They are really lovely!

03-05-2008, 03:04 PM
Thank you. They went postal today.

03-06-2008, 08:26 AM
My cards are going in the mail to you.

03-06-2008, 08:43 AM
How can I add my images???

03-06-2008, 03:15 PM
Follow instructions here

03-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Received very nice fishy cards from alisl today! Thanks so much for the extra one for me, I chose the little fishies one :)

Vicki Z
03-11-2008, 08:34 AM
My cards went postal this morning - with an extra for you. Please let me know when they arrive safely.

03-11-2008, 04:12 PM
Okay, I'm in. But I'm a newbie, so expect abstract abstract.;) My one encaustic is on my gallery. I don't know how to get it here.

03-11-2008, 05:20 PM
The majority of all my attempts were abstracts, too. I did manage some flowers and one landscape that actually looked like a landscape, though. Those are the ones that I posted earlier in this thread. This was my first real try at encaustics. I am going to do some more soon. They are an unexpected twist to art, and are kinda' addictive.

03-11-2008, 06:41 PM
Welcome therapyartist!

03-11-2008, 11:55 PM
My cards are going out tomorrow. See "No Longer Bound" in my gallery for a sneak preview. This was great fun!

03-12-2008, 11:14 AM
Just checking in, and to say mine will be in the post tomorrow

03-12-2008, 05:40 PM
Received form 3katz today!

03-13-2008, 08:30 PM
LoraLou, I gotta pull out. I really wanted to do this, but just can't right now. Too much going on.

I hope you offer it again!!


03-15-2008, 11:47 PM
My cards are in the mail! Thank you for the challenge!

03-16-2008, 07:33 PM
Thats ok rkolig! Hope to see yu next time... I received today from wendyK and from SATT! Thanks girls!

03-17-2008, 06:00 PM
Received from VickyZ!

03-17-2008, 06:31 PM
Loralou, I am going to have to drop out due to having too much happening in my world to give this swap my best effort, but I am crossing my fingers that you will host this again someday when I have the technique down better!

03-17-2008, 07:52 PM
loralou, i'm sorry but i'm going to have to drop out of this swap, annalise and i have been trying to make some of these cards and we can't come up with anything i would subject anyone to. we'll keep practicing and hopefully will be able to make something for the next time around.

03-17-2008, 09:11 PM
Just checking in to see if my cards ever got there? Thanks!

03-18-2008, 07:29 AM
Ok withdrawals that is fine. Marla I will go check.....

03-18-2008, 06:45 PM
I'm trying to link this to my Flickr photos to show you the newer encaustic cards I've made.www.flickr.com/photos/egodc

03-18-2008, 07:40 PM
Marla I don't have your cards hun... when did you send?

03-18-2008, 07:40 PM
egod amazing cards! Superb!

03-18-2008, 07:56 PM
Marla they arrived today! Super cards and thanks for my one too. Seekingforart yours are also here, also beautiful!!! Thanks for mine too :)

03-18-2008, 07:57 PM
that was fast! lol

03-19-2008, 12:19 AM
Thanks, Loralou, I'll be mailing them soon. I notice that on my encaustic card from you, you were able to keep the back clean. Mine are a mess. I'll have to cover them. Do you have a technique or are you just naturally neater than I am (this would not be difficult).

03-19-2008, 05:19 AM
Haha I glue them to a 2nd sheet of card! My backs are a mess! I am sure that is normal :p

Vicki Z
03-19-2008, 08:37 AM
Thanks, Loralou, I'll be mailing them soon. I notice that on my encaustic card from you, you were able to keep the back clean. Mine are a mess. I'll have to cover them. Do you have a technique or are you just naturally neater than I am (this would not be difficult).

I had the same question, so I am glad to hear that I am not the only messy artist. It is good to know that even Loralou glues a second card on the back LOL

03-21-2008, 07:28 PM
Mine are on the way....they are posted on my flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/jetleg/
Sorry, I can't seem to remember how to attach them. Thanks....i hope they are okay....i am a beginner at this.

03-21-2008, 09:17 PM
jetleg, I enjoyed looking at them, left you a message on the one I liked best.
Loralu, do you only want 3/3 or can we send 6/6? Hope you are having a nice holiday. I made Hot Cross Buns as I always do for Good Friday. Are Hot Cross Buns a tradition there? I think when I started doing that forty years ago, I thought it was an English custom.

03-22-2008, 05:27 AM
They are most certainly an English thing! Yummy!
Ummm I think I would prefer people to stick to 3for3 so that everyone gets a nice selection of cards as we don't have that many players and I anticipated a lot of drop outs which we are getting.

03-22-2008, 05:24 PM
I think my cards should have arrived by now, I am getting a bit worried about them. I sent them on Feb 29th.

03-22-2008, 06:45 PM
Stormy... I am out of town tonight but will check when I get home for you! I might have forgot to mark as received as I think I remember cards from you ....maybe.

03-22-2008, 06:53 PM
no problem loralou, have a great weekend, and I'll cross my fingers in the meantime!

03-22-2008, 08:56 PM
I will try to mail my three (Now, I have to choose!) to you on Monday. I think they'll get there in time. I should say I hope they will. I will enclose an extra for you--your choice.

03-24-2008, 06:46 AM
Stormarela, they are here, my sincere apologies for not updating the thread correctly when they arrived!

03-26-2008, 01:06 AM
No trouble at all Loralou, I am just glad that they are there! :wubclub:

03-26-2008, 09:21 AM
Received from kbutts and therpyartist, great cards guys!

03-26-2008, 09:24 AM
Hi, Cards were mailed yesterday.

03-26-2008, 10:55 AM
Loralou, I see you still have me on the list. I need to drop out. Sorry.

03-26-2008, 10:57 AM
Mine are on their way. I'm not sure how long it takes to get there, but I hope they make it by April 1. I enjoyed the swap. If anyone is interested, I have some leftovers I would be happy to swap. I'm having trouble getting them to move into new categories, but if you go to my gallery they are marked available on the cards themselves. There will be more.

03-26-2008, 01:00 PM
rkolig I knew you had withdrew, and thought I had removed from the list, must have been a technical blip!

03-27-2008, 03:36 PM
Received from jetleg, thanks so much for my 2 extra cards! And all the extra postage, thanks hun!

03-28-2008, 07:05 PM
Received from SallyAnn today- gorgeous cards, very special! Thanks so much for my extra one and the dollar :)

03-29-2008, 02:22 AM
Wow egod. That is really neat! I was having trouble coming up with subject matter that lends itself to this medium. Your fish look wonderful.

03-29-2008, 05:36 PM
Thanks. I have several others posted at the Flickr site if you'd like to look. Mostly they are the standard landscapes, but not all are.

04-01-2008, 09:56 AM
2 sets of cards received today! from j4m13 and from barbcards! Thanks to the both of you for the extras.
Barb - your cards arrived in one of those USA clear bags as your envie had been split open! All contents were ok though.
Jamie I can't believe how much you paid to ship your cards to me! Gosh!

04-01-2008, 09:58 AM
I think we are only waiting on egods cards.... if anyone else has sent and I hae not marked you received yet, declare yourselves now!
I am going to begin swapping out now.

04-01-2008, 01:58 PM
Here are all cards received so far! Waiting on I think on 1 set and then they are off.

04-01-2008, 05:42 PM
I'm sorry you're having to wait. They are, as posted above, on their way. I underestimated how soon I needed to mail them. If you want, just trade without me and accept mine as a gift. That would truly be okay with me.

04-01-2008, 05:47 PM
No! I will wait for them :) Due date was only today.

04-02-2008, 09:45 AM
Oh no... I found them in my bag. I thought I ask my son to send them off with some others. And your very faraway.. Please dont wait for me. I screwed up. I m so sorry. I wont send them this late because I dont want you all to wait. Lets do another one thought.

04-02-2008, 01:23 PM
Egods cards are here! Okay swapping out tonight! Anyone else must tell me now if they have already sent.
Never mind Liverson, I may host again soon.

04-05-2008, 12:33 PM
Returns sent out woohoo!
I tired to give everyone a nice selection, one landscape, one with embellishments and one other! Hope everyone is pleased!
Please, please leave me an itrader. My last swap I had like 30 people in it and got about 10 itraders. Also please let the thread know who you got cards from!

04-06-2008, 04:38 PM
To let people know... I kept cards from SallyAnn (the one with the crow on), Egod (the orange flower) and stormarela (one in red colours with birds on) Thanks guys for gorge cards!

Frog Princess
04-08-2008, 04:56 AM
Mine arrived this morning;
I got cards from J4M13 (Tulips), WendyK (Bird Flight) and kbutts (Love Blooms).
Thanks everyone for your work on the cards and thanks Loralou for being a great host.

04-09-2008, 07:32 AM
My cards in this swap are received today.
Cards from:
Tina M.Prewitt /Mary Brew and marla412
Beautiful cards.I have not see this encaustic technic or wax before. I used other..
Thank you loralou for hosting this nice and creative swap!!

04-09-2008, 01:38 PM
Thanks alisl, care to leave me an itrader if you were happy with the swap?

04-10-2008, 12:11 AM
alisl...scared me to see my real name in text on here! LOL. Tina is stillatthetop. Just so you know. Glad you liked the art.

04-10-2008, 04:32 PM
Mine came this morning and they are lovely so thank you to:

Vicki z for Under the sea
Tina M Prewitt for encaustic flowers
barbcards for abstract flowers

Off to go and leave rep points if I can find everyone

04-10-2008, 04:39 PM
My wonderful cards came today!

A big, "Thank you" to Egrobeck for"Madonna", Stacymh for "Feather" and Egod for "Golden Fish." The cards are great!
Loralou, thank you for a fun swap.

Vicki Z
04-10-2008, 05:43 PM
I just received some great cards. Thanks to J4M13, Marla412 and barbcards.
Thanks to Loralou for a great swap. I never would have tried this without her challenge.

04-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Thanks to Loralou for hosting another great swap fabulous cards received form Loralou, SallyAnn and Egrobeck!

04-11-2008, 01:00 PM
I received some fantastic cards myself! Thank you to Busybear, Barbcards, Egod. Love them all!!! And thank you, Loralou, for giving me the confidence to join!

04-11-2008, 01:23 PM
I'm so happy people are enjoying their returns :)

04-12-2008, 01:43 PM
thank you Loralou for hosting such a great swap. I received great cards from Frog Princess, my hostess and a surprise person. Thanks everyone!

04-12-2008, 02:21 PM
Awww jetlag, thanks for making me not look like a plonker in my own thread ;)

04-12-2008, 03:07 PM
shhhhh...don't give it away...

04-13-2008, 08:41 PM
Thank you Loralou for hosting such a wonderful swap, and thanks to micromummy, busybear and Marta412 for some great cards!

04-14-2008, 06:05 PM
I got my returns. Thanks all for a great swap. I received from jetleg, alisl, and J4M13.

04-15-2008, 02:16 AM
Today I recieved my encaustic cards, Wow, thank you Loralou for hostessing, they are beautiful. Thanks to Stacymh, TherapyArtist and Loralou for great cards!

04-15-2008, 09:00 AM
Sorry this is late, didn't realise you did this
Thank you Laura for hosting and to the following for some fab cards: Martha for fish, 3 katz for Valley, and Barabara McCann for Marshland 3

04-16-2008, 01:19 PM
Thanks Loralou for hosting, I got great cards from Frog Princess, WendyK and 3Katz.

04-17-2008, 03:26 PM
Got my cards today. Thanks for hosting the swap and for the lovely cards received from VickiZ (Hidden in the Hills), Martha Lee (flowers), and jetleg (abstract). Great swap for learning new technique. Left rep and i-trader for all! (as appropriate).

04-21-2008, 09:10 PM
I received beautiful cards from WendyK, egod, and stillatthetop. Thanks to you all and to Loralou for hosting!