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Castles : created by Indirect Wax Transfer using tissue ...

Castle images always have that sense of power and mystery - who built it? who lived there? where? why?

The Indirect Wax Transfer Technique is great for soft yet strong work - remember that the tissue can be loaded with any of the stronger colours - this image was done using tissue made for the pool image

Wax Transfer tissues last for several applications once loaded correctly - follow this link to find out about loading the tissue

You need to line your iron strokes up with the vertical edge of the card to make these towers look like they are actually standing up. Tip the iron over onto its curved edge and start small firm sawing movements up and down the tissue and parallel with the card's vertical edge.

These strokes are a bit like a graph - some long tall ones and some shorter smaller ones.

Take a peep every now and then to see what you have done so far - remember to move the iron more slowly over the tissue for this type of work and press quite hard too.

Continue to build up your collection of vertical "graph" marks, working methodically.
When you are content with this initial collection of spires it is time to start adding the base and foundation for the castle.
Place the tissue over the area towards the bottom of the castle's spires, then using the curved edge of the iron close to the tip, press very hard and drag the iron's edge sideways creating a wider mark like a hill side sloping downward.

Repeat this type of approach on the other side and add one or two strips down the inner area of this foundation patch too.

It might look something like this when you are done.

Now use your finger to smudge the colours over the blank white areas, working in a logical "downhill" direction - which means that the finger strokes are moving in harmony to the original wax that has been applied, spreading colour in a more subtle way and toning the image so that it looks more realistic.
These indirect wax transfer approaches using the regular "man sized tissue" provide a totally different feel to the final image than one coming directly off the hard metal surface of the iron. The soft fabric qualities of the tissue are imparted into the image, which makes this type of encaustic result appealing to many people used to looking at softer colourings - like water colours for instance - try it soon!
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