I'm Cait Sherwood, a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

I make art from the trash of the art I made before.

Xerox Process

One of my most common art processes involves xeroxing.  As far as I know, I "made this up", though it's no secret, and I'm sure other mixed media people have experienced this effect.

First I make lots of graphite and gouache drawings. Then I make copies of them...I play with the size of things, making smaller and larger versions. 

Pictured here is the next step, when I collage parts of the copies together into new compositions.  I can keep things I like about the original drawings, and change things I don't like.


Once I make a collage I am into, I xerox that onto any paper I want.  Often I choose black paper.  I have to buy this at art stores because copy places never have black paper.  When I have the black on black xeroxed drawing, I can paint onto it with gouache.  The xerox toner repels the gouache to a certain extent.  The result is clean, beautiful, and matte, resembling silkscreen.

From my wordless book