Adventures in minimalism

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a maximalist. Too much empty space on the page made me feel uncomfortable. I had moments of thinking “I could stop here and it would be really classy” but then I’d think of one more thing I wanted to add. Basically, my approach to a page has been: keep going until you can’t think of anything else to do.

I was hesitant to join the Minimalist Art Journal 2.0 class with Caylee Grey because I thought all that empty space might make me break out in a cold sweat. But heres the surprise: I’m loving it. This class has been a cool breath of fresh air. All that space calms me down and helps me breathe more easily.

Caylee Grey is a wonderful teacher. She breaks everything down in to simple steps with a no-fuss, relaxed approach. I totally trust her as she guides me into the minimalist realm. I find myself not only being comfortable with doing less but also wanting to do less. I’m starting to think I may have within me an inner minimalist after all.

We’ve been working with mood boards, another thing I’ve never done before. Choosing colours and materials in advance. How relaxing it is to create from a pre-selected palette. I loved making my first mood board so much I felt like I didn’t need to make an actual page, that perhaps the mood board was the perfect page. In the end, I made not one but three pages from my first mood board and felt that I could keep on going!

Here are pages I made from two more mood boards:

‘How to describe your smile, my love?’ – Rabindranath Tagore.

‘The inner treasure that lasts forever’ — Rabindranath Tagore
I really enjoyed using my Liquitex muted inks after months of them sitting forlornly on my shelf. It was only because of the swatching I did for this class that I even remembered they were there!

The following pages are part of a watercolour smoosh trio — with cut up lines from one of my poems:

I’m excited to see where this minimalist adventure is going to take me next and wondering: how minimalist I can go?

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