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Paper-Cloth No-Sew mixed media Art Journal by CT member Jessie Barton
Posted Jan 15, 2020

Happy New Year! This is the best time of year to start an art journal. I like to make these perfectly imperfect little journals which are a fun way to use fabric AND paper making “paper cloth!” The assembly and binding are pretty easy using only a few tools and some scrapbook sheets. These starter journals are just waiting to be decorated with your art and creativity. 

Enjoy the Video!

Products used:

“Shawn Petite Stencil “Mosaic 1” “Mosaic 2

Napkins with different patterns, Tim Holtz tissue paper, Scrapbook paper from my stash, Mod Podge and water, Lindy’s teal ink spray, Deco Art Crackle Paste, Leather twine, Piece of fabric cut to 12” square, Tim Holtz Cut-out butterfly painted white, Piece of loose-leaf paper, Markerscissors or paper cutter, Drill with a paper hole sized bit





Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 15, 2020
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


  1. Nancy A Olsen

    Love this idea for an art journal ! I’m going to try one today ! Thank you so much for the inspiration !

    • Jess

      Thanks Nancy! It’s such a quick and easy way to do it. The only toughy is waiting for the cover to dry 🙂

  2. Ginny Deiling

    Such a fun Jornal making process!

    • Jess

      Thanks Ginny!

  3. Carole Morrison

    Wow!! Beautiful journal, Jessie!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!! I’m sure that Shawn is beyond thrilled to have you on her team!!! Carole from Chicago

    • Jess

      Thanks Carole! I love being on the team. Hey I
      m from the Chicago area also 🙂

  4. Susie Risk

    I really like your process & the journal cover is lovely.

    • Jess

      Thank you Susie!


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