How to Make A Mixed Media Shadowbox

So the entire project started with a plain 8×8 7gypsies Shadow Box and a coordinating 8×8 Wooden Insert.  Not sure where she was going with the project, Shannon just started and one video turned into a library of 6 amazing videos that take you through the process from beginning to end.  

Here is a peek inside the amazing box filled with all kinds of found goodness.  Now you may not be in the mood to make this particular shadowbox, but we would not let that stop you from viewing these terrific videos and picking up a wide range of great mixed media techniques, ideas and inspiration, not to mention a few laughs as there is never a dull moment during Shannon’s videos, we are still giggling.


Here is what you need:


Shannon gets you to this point quickly in the video and then the creativity turns into magic as she transforms this distressed box into a box of mixed media goodness.   

Here is the link to the Shadowbox Videos that walk you through the process step by step.  

Here are a few close ups that show off the stunning collection of pieces and parts.


Love this old fuse stuck in just the right place.


Found hinges, hooks, chains, loops and other hardware are great for adding to mixed media projects and when you use the real stuff vs. faux versions, they are strong and hold up well.  If you don’t like the color, well paint them any color you wish – Tattered Angels High Impact is the best option for painting over metal and is available in metallic and pigment colors.


 Pieces of old tape measures, old paint brushes and other metal findings are great pieces to add.

25790127302_3ac08ff619_zGather old spoons they are amazing in mixed media art pieces and you can distress them, paint them or leave them as you found them.


You can never have too many great keys, you never have to worry about the lock they fit, just hang them, tie them, hook them, paint them and open up your creative lock.


Corrugated paper from old boxes, packaging supplies or first run flute papers are great for distressing and adding to projects.  The paper accepts the various paints so well and looks amazing, almost like it is not even paper.


To see more of Shannon’s work visit her Shannon Green YouTube Channel and you will find a wide range of projects she has created with videos to show you how it is done.   To view the videos for this project Shannon has made a library and you can view them on YouTube – 7gypsies Shadowbox or click here to view the first video.

Happy Creating!!!


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

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