The Blocks - construction, enhanced, sealed and inked
These new Collagraphs were inspired by my latest winter escape up as far as a place called Seventeen Seventy near Hervey Bay QLD. We stayed right on the Estuary in beautiful tropical vegetation surrounded by swarms of Blue Tiger Butterflies. My focus for these blocks was on the water's edge where the armies of Fiddler crabs play hide and seek in the estuary sand flats. I have a portrait schema not a wider landscape view as I like to zoom in on a landscape. My viewer is my Ipad rectangle. The textured papers were inset into the cut layers of the mount card and back home in my studio I applied Carborundum powder and sealed the blocks with layers of Shellac. I made marks on the card surface to replicate the little marks made by creatures and in particular birds made subtle by the light lapping of the fine layer of tidal ripples.