Guest Project by Paperiliitin: Shadow box

Posted on2018-09-14

Let them eat cake shadow box 

Hiya! It’s me, Riikka, here with my third guest project. This one is most of my style from the projects I’ve shared so far. I enjoy making ATCs as they are my playground and do an art doll every now and then, but I feel most at home with canvases and assemblages. I just love dimensional projects! 

I also adore all things vintage – old paper, stained spoons and dented buttons. There’s something wonderful in all of those, the stories they carry. My true passion is old scissors and I absolutely hoard them! But for this little thing I chose a pastry fork to be used. And that made me think about cakes and thus the only thing I could write to the project was a thing Marie Antoinette is told to have said – let them eat cake! 

I started the project with flat layers as I collaged papers to the background and then went for the height with different dimensional layers. I added some Modeling Paste and lace and then started to make the main composition using heavy body gel medium as my adhesive. I also used white gesso two ways in this project. I added this primer to the background to soften any harsh contrast in the papers and also on top of the composition to add a shabby touch. And do you know what the actual frame is? It’s the box everything arrived! 

Like in previous times, I recorded a video while working on the project. This time I only speed the video up but showed the whole process, so you can see everything. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great day!
Xoxo Riikka  

Video link to Varalusikka:
Video link to Paperiliitin:


Materials used:

Paper Garden Vintage Paper bundle (

Prima Marketing Silicone brush 1” (

Prima Marketing Brush set (

Prima Marketing Heavy Gesso White (

Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel (

Prima Marketing 3D Matte Gel (

Prima Marketing Modeling Paste (

(c) Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin with Varalusikka Paper Garden 2018

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