Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Encaustic Art Challenges

Where has the week gone?!  My church fair is this weekend - and I have been busy making things for the table two friends and I have at the fair selling hand stamped cards and crafts. 

But I had a few challenges I really wanted to get to before the deadlines. I used Encaustic Wax on both of them -  I bought all the supplies for this (wax, small iron, glossy cardstock) a few years ago at Encausticart after seeing Birgit on Splitcoast using it on her cards -  and I've only worked with it twice.  On my cards today - I just melted the waxes on the iron and then ran the iron over the glossy card stock, holding it and lifting it different ways to get different patterns.   There's a ton more you can do with this art but I haven't had time to play with it and figure out how to make actual scenes.  There are lots of You tube videos out there on this art - here's a good introductory one.

So for my first card I used green and brown wax and cut out a circle from the card - my design thought was to make it look like a world globe to go along with my sentiment.
Here's a close up so you can see some of the beautiful detail created with the iron and melted wax. Some of the patterns look like ocean barrier reefs or coral to me.
For this card design I used Cas(e) this Sketch  and for my theme I used the Merry Monday Challenge - Carol Inspired theme.

I made my 2nd encaustic art creation for Mona and Sue's Mixed Media Color Challenge using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Enthralled with fall  As I think the colors match the leaf colors and the burlap is like the edge of the bowl.
I made a simple card for the Mixed Media challenge this week - being short on time but wanting to play along -  I used burlap, encaustic wax, and Ranger Distress Ink for my mediums.  Here's a close up where you can see all the texture you get using the wax.  For this piece I melted white and red wax together to get the peach and then added some brown and just touched it here and there on the card stock.  You really never know what design your going to end up with - at least I don't!  I think if I play with it more I'll be able to control the patterns better!
Have you joined in on the Mixed Media Color Challenges yet?   Why not try it out this week!

                                                                                 Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger



Joy to the World
Stamps:  Verve 
Ink:  Archival Black
Paper:  white, true black - PTI, glossy card stock - Encaustic Art
Accessories:  encaustic wax, iron - Encausticart.us, circle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft, foam dots

Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Party Animal
Paper:  white - PTI,  glossy cardstock - Encaustic Art
Ink:  Versafine Sepia, Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap
Accessories:  Encaustic wax, iron - Encausticart.us, corner rounder - Zutter, scor tape, burlap - Joann's, foam dots, enamel dots - My Minds Eye

27 comments:

Marybeth said...

Hi Julia. That wax is neat and make a unique design. Beautiful green, for the Joy to the world card. The orange turned out beautiful as well.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful cards, Julia. I love the stunning creations made using this technique. In fact, I have a friend in Australia who does encaustic art. She sent me a beautiful piece which I cherish.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

wonderful card Julia!

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome creations!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! What cool cards! I've always been intrigued with encaustic techniques but haven't given it a try yet, now I MUST :) Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Very cool! I love learning new things!! Have fun with your event this weekend!! Hugs -

Betty J. said...

What a fantastic image on the circle. Great card. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

Marcia said...

I had never heard of encaustic art before, but I will definitely be checking it out now! Both your cards are absolutely beautiful!! :0)

Deborah Frings said...

These are great - love the texture and flow in the wax. I've not tried encaustic art - think it looks like fun!

Kim Heggins said...

Julia these are simply stunning!!! So fun trying different techniques on cards and you are amazing!

Annette Allen said...

oh my these are absolutely stunning.. that first card is just gorgeous..

Lyndal said...

FABULOUS cards Julia!! I think your second one would be perfect to link up with Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger too. http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2013/10/tuesday-trigger-enthralled-with-fall.html

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely CAS cards Julia, Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Julia. I LOVE your cards. I too was blown away by Birgit's encaustic cards. I'm still hoping to give it a try someday. I think it is like watercoloring, in that you never know exactly how it's going to turn out.

Can't believe this is the first time using the wax ... your cards are amazing. Especially the joy to the world - it really does look like the world - great job! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday! Loll xx

Karren said...

Way to go with the Encaustic Art! Stunning results! I'm so impressed. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Barb said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous art Julia! It's like marble on paper. Stunning

dpkennedy said...

Wow! What a cool technique (or should I say hot?)! I love the designs...elegant and gorgeous!

Greta said...

Your cards are amazing! Love the technique!

Sarah Gray said...

Gorgeous cards - love the texture and depth you have achieved with the encaustic art! I so want to give it a go but it has always looked a bit daunting!

LeAnne said...

Wow, what cool cards....the Christmas one almost looks like trees in the background! Beautiful sentiment too! Thanks for playing with our Merry Monday challenge this week!

Willy said...

What a beautiful card!

Sue Lelli said...

Julia, LOVE your cards but am fascinated with the melted wax! I have never seen or tried that technique before! Fab against the burlap, too! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Angie said...

Wow!!! Stunning cards!!! The wax technique is quite stunning!

Cath said...

Hey Julia1 Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Susan said...

Love the technique you used to make the bacKground - I'll have to try that!

*Vicki* said...

WOW!! What a really cool technique on your designs!! So fun!! HUGS :)

Dianne said...

Wow Julia these are fabulous, I haven't used encaustic wax in years, I loooove your mixed media work, thanks for sharing..