Shine – a shadow box from the thrift store mixed media project

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My main inspiration for this project was the colors of one of our Christmas tree ornament. When I was decorating our purple, blue, white and silver themed tree, I was drawn to this color scheme:

Pink and blue Christmas tree ornament color inspiration of Clynis Creations for her mixed media project: Shine -  a shadow box from the thrift store mixed media project

I don’t think that I have ever used a bright pink acrylic paint color to my projects. So here it was.

My art process is: take your time to figure out the best appealing artistic view of your project. This is why when you watch my vid, I do make sure that every inch of my project receive a deserving treatment from me. Attention to details *cough* lol or so I thought.

During my project composition, I was binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race in Netflix haha! I love this show (Bianca Del Rio is my fave) I feel like a Glamazon white listening to the shows song playlist too. The contestants life stories are so relatable.

Anyway without further ado, the supply list:


  • Thrifted box. I bought mine from MCC in Calgary, Alberta


  • Black Demco Gesso 1000mL C$20.49 from Deserres
  • Alternative Gesso from


Background layer

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Medium Stencils (8.75 by 9.75-Inch), 32257 Nautical Study (2 Sheets with 14 Designs)
  • Liquitex Flexible Modelling Paste:
  • Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Stone Effect Pastes – Pumice, Limestone, Concrete
  • DIY molded clay using Prima Marketing IOD Moulds. I have experimented by using a Dollar store modelling clay rather than an Air dry clay. It works but it doesn’t dry as hard as the air dry clay.
  • Prima Marketing 814793 Baroque No.3 Iron Orchid Designs Vintage Art Decor Mold, Grey:
  • Prima Marketing 814809 Baroque No.4 Iron Orchid Designs Vintage Art Decor Mold, Grey:

Focal point layer

  • Cardboard ridges – Stacked them up to elevate my focal point for added dimension. Make sure to leave gaps so you can add more embellishments under your focal point for a 3D effect.
  • Little square shelving – this was the case of my laser cut wooden embellishments that I bought from the dollar store.

Other Embellishments

These are the accumulation of years of doing mixed media. So, I suggest that you to use what’s available to you.

  • Laser cut letter wood embellishments – bought a whole pack for C$4.00 at the dollar store
  • Laser cut various shape embellishments – also from the dollar store
  • Swirly sticker pack – from the dollar store
  • Dollar store acrylic blue diamonds
  • Art pebbles – bought from the thrift store which was originally sold in IKEA
  • Glass shards from Ikea
  • Transparent beads from Michaels
  • Various flat bed acrylic gems from Michaels
  • Decorative fillers:
  • Drywall tape that I got at the thrift store for C$1.00. You can buy them online:
  • Metal embellishments:
  • Card Stock kit sentiment : I have used the word Shine
  • Die Cut element Spellbinders S2-069 Shapeabilities ‘Outrageous Butterfly’ Scrapbooking Template:


Your project will achieve longevity in your display if you use the appropriate mediums for adhering the 3D embellishments:

  • E6000® PERMANENT CRAFT ADHESIVE, 2.0 OZ. at Michaels. Choose the transparent one. Warning: this is an industrial type of adhesive and has a strong odor. I would not totally recommend this one unless a gel medium is not working for you.
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue 16oz at Walmart for CA$ 8.97. I think this doesn’t dry as clear as I want but it’s a great alternative to gel mediums. You just have to experiment on the durability when using with heavier embellishments.

Acrylic Paints

In painting, always bear in mind the shading and highlighted points of your project. I always use water in addition to my paints to dilute it a little bit. Dry in between color scheme applications if possible. Balance the cool tone and warm tone colors if you can as well.

  • White Gesso –  Having a higlight and shade concept that I learned from Ola Khomenok: is a great technique that I will need to refine for myself.
  • Craftsmart Navy Blue
  • Craftsmart Royal Blue
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Ice Blue
  • Craftsmart Purple
  • Craftsmart Bright Pink
  • Craftsmart Red
  • Distress Oxide Vintage photo : A great pop of color which oxides and gives a nice color payoff. Watch for a detailed explanation of the product from the creator Tim Holtz himself.
  • Martha Stewart Pearl Acrylic Paint Pink Tafetta:

End of the list. I hope you find inspiration from this project and get you encouraged to go crazy with a thrift item makeover 🙂 Feel free to ask me about this project or any mixed media related questions in the comments.

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