Mixed Medium: Capture Life’s Moments

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the blog everyone!! I’ve got a really intricate canvas to share with you that’s full of texture, treatments and muted tones of color.

I could do these all day….everyday… seriously. My focus product is Prima and on this project I show how they work together to create a treasured piece of art.

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

If you’re new to mix medium, this may appear intimidating. Start with a 6×6 canvas and build up texture with pastes, paper clay, pearls or beads, metal pieces, buttons and flowers. Go at your own pace, take your time and put your items where you want them.


Once you’ve built your layers, you can start adding your color. Spray stains, paints (Watercolor or Acrylic) and mousses work well together to create a shabby chic/vintage look. Crackle pastes are amazing for backgrounds where the paints and sprays fill the crevasses leaving you with an effect much like chipped paint.

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Use sprays of water to dilute paints and allow them to flow around the textures. Each area of the canvas has a different look; from the paste with a stencil to the crackle and even the canvas showing thru.

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Paper Art Stones fill areas between embellishment and add an interesting effect. They mix well with all the other circular items.

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

The time involved was about two days as I let some of the layers of pastes air dry naturally. Remember to enjoy the process and don’t rush.

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

I have filmed the complete process of this canvas. You can view the videos below or on our YouTube channel Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your supplies and make something special.

  1. Shari, thank you so much for doing these videos! This is a type of art I have really wanted to try but find so intimidating. Your videos are really reducing the intimidation factor! Also the music choices have been spot on. Watching the videos is so relaxing AND instructive. =) I can’t wait to see more!

  2. Wow Shari! It is amazing to watch you work. You so effortlessly combine elements, textures and colors. Mixed media is daunting to me but I absolutely love the effect and could watch you create for hours. Stunning project!

  3. Shari, I am not into mixed media projects at all and I have to say this is sooooooooooo tempting!!! Just watching you create this was incredible.. I wasn’t going to watch it, but I gave in and am so glad I did. Those pebbles & sprays are pretty amazing, as is your obvious talent!! Thank you for filming the whole process :)

  4. I ALWAYS love watching you create. THANK YOU so much for sharing the process! It reminds me to “take my time” and let the work evolve. You are the best!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! I absolutely love this piece. This is so much more beautiful than some of the other mixed media work that I’ve seen lately. Stunning use of color and texture. TFS!

  6. Man, I just want to smash my hand through my PC and touch this! SO COOL! I went and added just about all the products on a wishlist so I can make one too. LOVE!

  7. WOW
    I am IN AWE of the AMAZING detail in this CRAFTY DELIGHT!
    THANK YOU for sharing with us Shari … I have a video to watch now, can’t wait to LEARN!

  8. I love this mixed media project – you really do beautiful and inspirational work and I so appreciate that you share it here! Can’t wait to see more and I am hoping to create something myself!! Thanks Shari!

  9. Thanks for sharing the full process – it’s amazing to see all the layers and how things add up! My brain is buzzing with ideas, thanks so much! :D

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