Art journal · Mixed media

Mini Book | Inspiration Station, CJS-2020

It’s Inspiration Station time! My sister come up with the theme for this round of our creative sessions. She picked two pictures, and we had to use just one of the pictures as inspiration.

Inspiration Station Nov-2019 Inspiration
Inspiration for Nov-2019
(Sources:image #1, image #2)

Of course, ideas popped up for both 🙂 but I decided to use the one on the right, since I own a stencil that seemed just perfect for the inspiration pattern. I thought I’d make either a pair of earrings or an art journal page using the stencil.

Then that idea morphed into making a cover for a mini book instead. And I’m glad that it did, because I totally love the result!

Mini-book and Cover | Mixed Media | Anita

The book

The mini book is based on a tutorial from Creative Jumpstart 2020, so I cannot go into the details of how I made it – suffice to say it was a lot of fun! It’s the first project inspired by CJS-2020 that I’ve made, and I’m going to keep using elements from the workshop whenever possible this year.

I’m going to work on the book’s pages over time, mostly adding focal elements since they already have colorful, inspiring backgrounds. They make me happy every time I look at them, and seem like the perfect pick-me-up when I’m not in a great mood.

Mini-book Pages | Mixed Media | Anita

The cover

I used scrap cloth for the cover, adhering it to the first and last pages using glossy gel medium. In an earlier project, this medium remained kinda tacky even after drying, so I wanted to try it on other stuff and in other ways to see how it holds. It seems fine for now, probably because it is beneath the cloth layer and not on the surface?

I then used modeling paste and the aforementioned stencil to add some texture to the front cover, and applied white gesso to lighten the strong stripes on the cloth pattern. I dabbed various acrylic fabric paints on it, and finished with metallic acrylics and wax. I then loosely wound some scrap thread left over from the cloth cutting, and secured it at the back with more paper. Finally, I hand-wrote a quote, colored it, and pasted it on the front cover.

Mini-book Cover | Mixed Media | Anita

I can’t wait to journal in this mini book!


If you’ve made it this far, you’ll definitely want to check out my sister’s project – she’s gone mixed media this time, and how! Her gorgeous monochrome brush stand is, without a doubt, jaw-dropper material.

Inspiration Station logo Creative Jumpstart 2020 logo

12 thoughts on “Mini Book | Inspiration Station, CJS-2020

    1. Thank you, Cris! I love how the book turned out inside as well as outside, and I can’t wait to use it! There are quite a few scraps of cloth in our stash, and I can see so many possibilities for them now. 🙂

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