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.

I want to teach an online course!

Yes! It's true! I very much want to teach an online course.

Here, this makes me feel vulnerable:

This is a screen cap of a site I designed for my imaginary art journaling course.

This is a screen cap of a site I designed for my imaginary art journaling course.


I love online courses.  I haven't shared much out loud about them for some reason.  It's the perfect solution for introverted me.  When I took "real" classes, like in college, I resented them because I don't value grades and I honestly don't like having to be somewhere at a certain time.  (I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's true.)  

So far I've taken Braid Creative's Personal Branding: Blending Who You Are With What You Do, Ashley G's paint.plan.play, & Alisa Burke's Art Journal Delight.  All experiences have been wonderful.  (Also these classes are not expensive.)

I have to admit I was hesitant to pay for an online class.  Since it's not tangible it felt like it might not be worth it.  But I couldn't stand it, I just really wanted to read the content!  So I gave in, and I'm so glad I did because I saw how worth the investment the classes were.  It's just like reading books or blogs, except the content is top-notch and vast and well-organized.  Plus they often come with the added benefit of Facebook groups and online community around the class or topic.  Basically, what I'm trying to say is they are cool and fun.

And I want to make one!  

So I've had on my mind for awhile to make an online art journaling course or web-resource.  This wouldn't necessarily be for profit, but if I made a course it could potentially cost money.  Mostly, I just need a place to organize my thoughts around the subject, and to just put these ideas somewhere.  This blog has been that outlet so far, but my feelings around art journaling are strengthening even further.  I am feeling a strong inner push to organize this material into digestible content for others.

It felt like a great synchronicity when Alisa Burke's class was released, just as I was solidifying this art journaling course idea.  I enrolled immediately because I was so curious to see how she would approach the subject (and again: fun!).  She did a great job--it was beautiful and so thorough, full of lots of different art techniques.

I want to make a course about art journaling too!  My approach will be more "creative coach-y" as I see art journaling as a perfect way to bust through creative blocks and to stay in touch with your artist self, even during times in life when you can only give a few moments a day.  I think art journaling techniques are very inspiring, but I also am fascinated in why art journaling is so conducive to artistic growth.  Only through artistic actions can we make artistic progress, and there is just something about a book, a journal, that feels safe enough to just let it out and get going.  It's fast, it's immediate, you can do it anywhere, you can try anything and you can try it quickly!  I can go on forever!

What I really need to do is narrow it down, to simplify, to find a way to explain the core part of this quickly.  

Okay, time for my vulnerability hangover.  Thank you for reading! (All 12 of you invisible humans.)