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Four Horizons : Peaked mountains using the tip of the iron

<<< Flat Horizon

<<< Low Hills

<<< High Hills

<<< Peaked Mountains

These spiked forms can be dramatic and exciting and will work in realistic or fantasy images equally well.

As with the high hills load the iron using and but instead of the normal loading area just concentrate the waxes in the front triangular tip of the iron about 3cm onto the baseplate.

Remember that the wax should be fluid, so make sure to use enough or the method you need to use for this application will simply not work.
If you are right handed then start by placing the iron's edge onto the card about half way up and next to the left end. Do NOT let the tip touch or it will lessen the sharpness of the result.
Start slowly moving across the card in a random jerky sawing manner, a bit like drawing a comical graph of your bank balance - first veering upward, then sharply down again with the few little hiccups here and there!

Remember that the more vertical the edge then the the faster the wax flows off onto the card.

So continue across the card leaving a trail of pointed forms and try hard to overcome the mental "autopilot" that will make you do repetitive sawing actions so that your mountains look more like the edge of a giant saw.

Once you have doe the main horizon just continue with the iron flat and fill in the foreground ready for foliage or water rubbing.

The peaks will look something like this if they are successful.

Then you can go ahead and do a foreground lake as in the other horizon examples....

Making wipe through water for a lake

First prepare a tissue pad by folding up one of the boxed tissues that are used for cleaning and polishing. Then dab some foliage effect into the foreground wax and at the same time warm the card so the wax stays molten.

Now place the card flat down onto the disposable underpaper and pick up your tissue pad.
Holding the card firmly along its top edge press firmly down with the clean tissue pad then in a swift and clean movement swipe the tissue pad across the card lifting it as you go.... more

So this is the final of our four horizon shapes.

Between them they can represent many differing landscape locations and combine to give many interesting and satisfying forms.

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