Hi.

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.

Minimalist Art Journal 2.0

Minimalist Art Journal 2.0

I am a guest artist for Caylee Grey's new course, The Minimalist Art Journal 2.0.  If you know my work then you know I am not a minimalist!  But that's kind of why the content of the course is helpful to me.  I embrace my super layered approach.   But, no joke, my biggest challenge in my art making journey has been knowing when to let something go.  

I recommend the class, and really I recommend anything Caylee has worked on.  She has an incredible talent for organizing content so that it's clear, approachable, and fun to work through.  Also her design skills are off the charts, so everything she puts together is gorgeous.  My favorite class of hers so far was Level Up, which helped me get myself organized.  Though I contributed to MAJ2, I am working through the content along side the rest of the students.  

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I love to take online courses because they inspire me.  I don't complete every single lesson, but I get a lot out of reading through them and watching the tutorials.  I am actually rather proactive about keeping myself inspired.  In addition to online classes/communities, reading, walking, and watching documentaries about artists are what do it for me.  And also going to the art store or thrift store/antique shops.  And also going to the beach seems to do it for me.

I decided to make a small pamphlet book to use as my journal for the class.  I found this outdated Ashley G planner at the thrift store and thought the cover would be perfect.  I attempted to fill in the date on the cover with gesso but you can still kind of see it.  And then I spray painted over it.

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I have just begun working through the class, so I have some lacy patterns (that is the lesson I contributed) and also just kind of testing and using all my materials as I de-clutter them.  I am trying to keep it minimalist but I do notice my natural tendency to overwork things coming out.

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Leave a comment below to win a seat in the class!  I will choose a random winner on Friday June 29.

Patchwork Page

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Week 26

Week 26

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