The collaboration books are coming together quickly now – this was another sea inspired one, shared with Karen Bailey and Kylie Fogarty. Although both are in Australia we are still scattered, with me in Sydney, Kylie in Canberra and Karen in Melbourne.
As with the previous one (see here) once the book came back to me I couldn’t resist adding a little bit to my main drawing (above), just a touch of extra colour to give it more depth and form. My drawing is exploring the shapes suggested by the seaweed that is found washed up on so many Australian beaches.
The paper in these little books is thin, so marks show through from one page to another, and there is a bit of cockling where water media has been used, but hopefully this adds to the authenticity.
This is the first page that we all worked on, keeping very much to the seaweed theme, Karen and Kylie doing the drawings at the bottom, and I did the bubbly seaweed at the top.
The next spread was Karen’s wonderful Leafy Sea Dragon – these are magnificent, tiny creatures and Karen has captured it so beautifully, taking us down under the surface to explore its world in the depths amongst the weed.
In the final spread, Kylie has taken us back onto the land, to the rocky sea shores that she visited as a child. She has brought it to life, taking us with her as we clamber on the rocks and search in rock pools with her wonderful loose pen and ink and watercolour washes.
The final page brings us full circle to the objects we find washed up on the beach, odd little shells and scraps of seaweed, just waiting to be collected.
I am so pleased with this book, I think it really tells a story, but needs no words. Thanks Karen and Kylie!
We have used ink, watercolour and coloured pencil in these small Moleskine folded books.