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.

The Wrinkly Book

The Wrinkly Book

Lately I have been working back into a handmade journal that I began using over 5 years ago. I call it "The Wrinkly Book" because I have painted on all types of not-for-painting papers, making it very wrinkly.  I don't mind that kinda thing.

Five years ago I filled up a third of the book but then I ended up sticking it on the shelf for a couple years.  This year I brought it back out to work into it again.  

I made this book because I love making books, but also so I could have lots of different types of papers in it.  I selected some papers I had on hand that were inspiring to me: rice paper, some tan kind of construction paper that feels almost like Canson brand, some pink copy-weight paper, etc.  I made 3 folios that mostly matched up height-wise but stayed at a variety of different widths. 

The cover was what inspired me to make the book in the first place, because they say "Elements of the Universe".  I found these old book covers somewhere--maybe a yard sale?  I glued them together using book cloth and a new spine made from book board and I sewed the pages into the cover using a pattern from a Keith Smith book.  <- Check him out for some advanced bookbinding patterns.  They are more complex than a simple pamphlet stitch but they aren't impossible.

Because I am getting close to completing this hand-made book I wanted to share the completed pages here.  Many of these spreads I have posted before, but some I have not:

The hazard sign I printed when I worked screen-printing signs.  I was making a sign and just through my sketchbook down in between prints.

The hazard sign I printed when I worked screen-printing signs.  I was making a sign and just through my sketchbook down in between prints.

So delightfully wrinkly.

So delightfully wrinkly.

Eyeballs are screen printed onto the back. And behold my fun Keith Smith binding.

Eyeballs are screen printed onto the back. And behold my fun Keith Smith binding.

I remember making this during a cafe hangout.

I remember making this during a cafe hangout.

The tan tissue paper is from Anthropologie.  They wrap everything you buy in it and lately I have been having a great time painting on it with gouache.

The tan tissue paper is from Anthropologie.  They wrap everything you buy in it and lately I have been having a great time painting on it with gouache.

Spray paint, gouache, glitter.

Spray paint, gouache, glitter.

Drawing by carving into wet paint with a pencil.

Drawing by carving into wet paint with a pencil.

Hot pink on pink is so good. This was a sketch for a comic I made years ago.

Hot pink on pink is so good. This was a sketch for a comic I made years ago.

Jessica sent me this moon and the golden-flecked tissue paper.  

Jessica sent me this moon and the golden-flecked tissue paper.  

Cut-out elements done with an Xacto, then I had spray painted through with black, onto a folded page of some drawing ideas.

Cut-out elements done with an Xacto, then I had spray painted through with black, onto a folded page of some drawing ideas.

I wanna do more to this page but here you go.

I wanna do more to this page but here you go.

The gold glitter is much glittery IRL.

The gold glitter is much glittery IRL.

Pressed flowers were actually from Michaels.  Pencil writing was a mind dump from Get Messy Season of Introspection.

Pressed flowers were actually from Michaels.  Pencil writing was a mind dump from Get Messy Season of Introspection.

Some notes I took on Star Bones years ago?  From a witch book??

Some notes I took on Star Bones years ago?  From a witch book??

Drawings, xeroxed over each other, glued, painted, added an old photograph, over an old pen blind contour drawing.

Drawings, xeroxed over each other, glued, painted, added an old photograph, over an old pen blind contour drawing.

"To a horseradish worm the world is a horseradish." My husband shared that quote with me when we first met, just from a book he was reading at the time.  I was into it.

"To a horseradish worm the world is a horseradish." My husband shared that quote with me when we first met, just from a book he was reading at the time.  I was into it.

Geese!

Geese!

Gouache!

Gouache!

Junk mail envelopes!

Junk mail envelopes!

Player piano paper.  I have had the same roll for a decade!  Here it reminds me of bark.

Player piano paper.  I have had the same roll for a decade!  Here it reminds me of bark.

This page was used as a palette while I painted a turkey.  

This page was used as a palette while I painted a turkey.  

There's more to come, as I still have about a third of this book to fill up.  Thanks for caring!

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