Mixed Medium: Christmas Tree with Shari Carroll

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the blog.

I’ve had a play in the studio… and created a fun mixed medium project! The process is so soothing and rewarding to me, something I can do over and over again. I’ve always been very inspired by Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair) and decided to finally give her collage techniques a try.

So… I made a Christmas tree.



I started out with tissue papers and stencil with modeling paste. Then I added buttons (from a large collection that I need to use) and pearls which I’ve glued in the shape of a tree.


From there I used gesso, sprays, and metallic mousse to create a frosty look.

Do you see a smiley face like I do? lol.. it’s funny how those things happen.


There are so many layers of mediums going on here, quite hard to explain in writing so I’ve created a full process video. You can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

You’ll be surprised to see how this started out!


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I’d like to wish you well this winter and if you celebrate, have a very Merry Christmas!

  1. Totally Awesome! I could never get something so nice done, I can envision a big mess! But you make it look so easy. It looks weighty but very pretty! Thanks for being such an inspiration for a wanna be like me. Denise

  2. Shari I am your fan, your tree today made me happy, made me feel the Christmas spirit in every part of it! Thanks for a lovely and really elegant work!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  3. Oh, wow! This is fantastic! I love all the texture and detail, and yes, I did see the card smiling at me. :) Merry Christmas!!

  4. This is so beautiful. I really love the idea and there are lots of buttons in my stash to try this with in the New Year. Good way to make next year’s Xmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Xmas! xxx

  5. Jaw dropping gorgeous! I love everything about this and want all of these delightful products, however, the fear of my family staging an intervention is tempering my impulsivity to make that purchase. I especially love that you cannot tell the base layer is comprised of brightly colored buttons! I am smitten with the color palette and lustre on this beautiful composition. Thank you!

  6. I absolutely love this Shari! I haven’t gotten into mixed mediums but I have to try this! I get so much inspiration for my cards and your wonderful blog! Merry Christmas ? ?

  7. This is a stunning work of art. I bet it took a long time to create. But thanks for doing it and sharing the process!

  8. This is a true stunner!!! I absolutely LOVE this! The colors and the button tree are totally awesome!!! Merry Christmas and tfs!

  9. Thanks for giving me a new idea for using all the buttons I have inherited. The canvas is beautiful. I appreciate all the wonderful layers and your dedication to your piece of art.

  10. Oh wow, I just had a chance to watch the video. What a great “get messy” awesome project! Love the end results!! Thanks so much for sharing the video. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. Great video. I have lots of buttons. Think I may try this. I love the button on the bottom right side of the tree. Looks like a smiling guy. Very cute. Love the colors.

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