Time to Make the Gifts

IceWalls_2371, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Tonight, it’s time for the International Encaustic Artists (IEA) Texas Wax annual holiday party. The party is going to be held at Pigoata Studios North, on Pond Springs Road starting at 6 pm. As we do every year, the IEA artists are asking to “bring a small gift of artwork to share in a gift exchange.”

I’m so STRESSED about this. For starters, every year I go to this, I wind up getting a wonderful piece of art. I love the piece I get to take home-I mean like LOVE here. Like totally adore. I’ve gotten some great work in these holiday exchanges.

And what have a I shared?

GULP. Ok, so the first year, I was a beginner. I had an excuse! My piece was no so great. I mean, it wasn’t horrible but it’s not something fantastic either. It was newbie art. Oh the humanity! Oh the horror!

Last year, I barely had time to scratch something together. It was like “quick, glue some paper down and WAX WAX WAX!” ten minutes before the meeting started. We were even late getting there! Oh boy!

So, here were are again.

This year, I’m going to try to dunk this thing into wax. Wish me luck with this.

Right about now, I’m thinking that this will look ok. That this might look something like marble under wax. And I *so* wanted to do an iceberg because I figured that icebergs are kind of hard to find. Most of the folks in the wax group will probably not wind up traipsing around Iceland looking for them, so it’s a safe gift in that they won’t have one already.

Oh, wish me luck with this wax work! I’m going to need it.

First step, glue the photo to the panel and let that dry. Then wax over it, paint the edges, and let that dry. Then wire up the back.

Let’s see if I can get all of this done today, before the 6 pm party starts.

Wish me luck, Internets!

Until next time…


  1. Great Grandma Lin
    December 10, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    will be interested in a photo of the finished product…lol!

  2. mythopolis
    December 11, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    love the ice walls photo!

  3. Carol
    December 12, 2011 / 1:50 am

    Lin, Sorry no photos of the finished product. It has a new happy home now thought.

    Mythopolis, Thanks! I love these ice wall images too. That ice is so interesting.

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