This year, we’re all challenged to think of new ways to share the holidays with friends and family. Many will be holding Zoom gatherings. Others will be holding socially distanced outdoor gatherings.

And IEA will be hosting “Art for the Holidays” on Instagram. Think of it as Holiday Trading Cards that can be shared digitally and mailed to a friend or family member to brighten their day.

Traditional Artist Trading Cards are 3.5 x 2.5 inches, but we’re suggesting you use a square format (optimized for Instagram). You can use watercolor paper, card stock, foam board, or cardboard to make 3 x 3 inch squares that will neatly fit into a greeting card. Or you can paint in larger sizes on panels. You can use any medium - pencil, pen, watercolors, crayons, alcohol inks, handmade papers, embellishments, encaustic,
or cold wax. The goal is to have fun and share the holiday spirit with others. You can even make it a family affair. What better way to share a little holiday spirit?  

Be sure to take a picture of your Holiday Trading Cards and post them on Instagram. Don’t forget to include a short holiday greeting or inspirational story. 

Please include @iea_encaustic, #iea_encaustic, #internationalencausticartists and our special hashtag for this event  #iea_WarmWishes_20
 in your hashtags for a chance to be reposted on our Instagram feed.

S. Kay BurnettEach of us celebrates the holidays in our own unique way and on different days. I hope each of you will share your holidays and traditions with all of us. Our holiday starts with a coastal wreath on the front door welcoming family and friends.

Regina B. Quinn - "Thinking of all of my friends and family with so much love across the distance this holiday season. We're apart for a moment, but together, always.

 S. Kay Burnett - I hope these carolers lift your spirits and make you smile. May the joy of the holidays stay with you throughout the year

Shary Bartlett - “Though it’s been a challenging past year, creatives always find the opportunity in challenges. I wish you all a new year with fulfillment and enriched explorations.”

Bonnie Raphael - What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world, the butterfly knows is only the beginning.  Joy to the World.  2020

Rhonda Raulston - 
Unbowed by winter,
the colors of the season,
remind us to love. 
Share the joy of the season with those near and far.  

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