Mixed Medium Canvas Shadow Box with Shari Carroll

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I have a project that uses some leftover wrapping paper to create a shadow box for winter decoration. I started out with an 8×8 Winsor and Newton canvas which has a deep edge. When you turn it over you have plenty of room to add some colored trees, a greeting, and snowflakes in the background.

Shari Carroll, mixed medium, Canvas

The wrapping paper I used is a nice silver with white snowflakes so it’s not too busy and can easily be overlapped without losing the pattern. I applied Matte Gel Medium to the wood of the frame and added torn pieces of papers until I had it covered.  I also painted the inside canvas area with white gesso before adding some die cut snowflakes.

Shari Carroll, Mixed Medium, Canvas

The trees were colored with Tim Holtz Distress sprays in Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, and Peeled Paint.  I used the Tim Holtz technique of spraying them then dipping each into a cup with water to create an ombre effect. It’s such a brilliant technique!!

Shari Carroll, Mixed Medium, Canvas

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Winsor Newton 8×8 ARTIST CANVAS DEEP…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI WOODLAND…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology LARGE WOODLANDS…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain PEELED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Glitter CLEAR ROCK…
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Prima Marketing MELANGE DIAMOND…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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The Crafter’s Workshop CLEAR GEL…
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The Crafter’s Workshop WHITE GESSO…
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Dina Wakley Ranger MEDIA BRUSHES…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix ALPHANUMERIC CUTOUT…
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Tonic FROSTED SILVER Mirror Card…
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DMC Metallic LIGHT SILVER Embroidery…
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  1. I always love Shari’s mixed media creations. This shadow box is beautiful. Such a great way to use those leftover wrapping paper strips for a wonderful decor piece.

  2. Lovely! I’ve never thought of using the back side of a canvas as a shadow box! Thanks for the inspiration, I’d love to make this for next year.

  3. Shadow boxes have a charm of their own. That’s a good idea to put to use the extra wrapping paper. Love the little scene. Adorable!!

  4. What a lovely shadowbox. I love how you used wrapping paper—they make such beautiful patterns and designs these days, they’re just so pretty.

  5. Shari this is gorgeous, love it. What a great idea to turn the canvas to the other side. This way you can make a shadowbox for every season and it is not difficult to do. Thank you so much for sharing this great piece,
    Thank you also for the past years inspiration, tutorials and awesome examples. Hope your Christmas is wonderful and all the best for New Year.

  6. I love this. I’ve ways wanted to try this but have beer seen an easy tutorial. Yours is easy to follow and if I struggle with this info I can pop on to you tube to watch your video whilst doing the shadow box at the same to.e. Thankyou so much for sharing your time and expertise. Merry Christmas xxxx

  7. I had never thought to use the back of a canvas as a shadowbox, but it makes so much sense! It’s got a good depth for it, and you can do all the nifty mixed media stuff on it. Another great idea, Shari!

  8. Beautiful – love that you used gift wrap for this – so nice to reuse it, rather than throw it away since this is not recyclable – at least not where I am. I love the silver, white, and teal-blue tones.

  9. So very very lovely! More than once I’ve turned a canvas over and used the backside! Loved the silver wrap and snowflakes!

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