Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Today, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share with you.  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina.  I am so ready for the season to turn the corner into fall.  So while I’m waiting for these sultry days to wind down, I’ve been playing with my Prima Autumn Sunset paper pretties.  (You can see this entire collection in my unboxing video HERE.)

The inspiration for this 9″ x 11″ piece came from my granddaughters.  Sophie (10) and Julia (7) are fascinated by what I do.  They are always on the lookout for bits and pieces that I can add to my stash.  When a storm knocked over the Bradford Pear trees at their house, the trees had to be removed.  Sophie saved me that lovely piece of tree bark because she thought perhaps I could use it in my art.  And Julia, who  knows how much I love acorns, is always picking them up for me.  If you look in the floral cluster, you’ll see 2 cute acorns that are Julia’s contribution to this piece.

Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Preparing the Base

Here’s how this one came together, layer by layer:

  • Begin by distressing the edges of a 9″ x 11″ piece of heavy kraft cardstock.
  • Then cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the rusty check from the Autumn Sunset A4 pad.  Distress the edges and machine stitch onto the kraft panel.
  • Now, break out some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Flourish Stencil.  Add a few drops of Antique Linen Distress Re-Inker into the paste, and mix to soften the bright white color.  Apply a thick layer in the corners of the canvas.  Heat dry (gently) or leave to dry overnight.
  • Now, apply Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Layering Stencil.  I like to apply this in a thickness that is similar to mayonnaise on a Southern Style tomato sandwich.   Heat set (gently) or let air dry.  If you heat set, keep the heat gun moving.  You may get some cool little heat blisters that pop up, and I actually like that look.
Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Layer by Layer

This next part is where the fun really begins.  Cut apart the images from the Autumn Sunset 12″ x 12″ collage sheet.  Back them with dimensionals.  Use one, two or three layers on the back so that when you glue them to the base, you have varying heights.  Fussy cut the fox and other elements and do the same.  Then just kind of fit everything together in a pleasing arrangement.  It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together.

TIP: Ink all the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps the individual pieces stand out in the whole.

Because the tree bark is curved on the back side, I had to create “shims” with layers of chipboard before adhering it to the base of the canvas.  Then I tucked fall leaves, little ceramic mushrooms, flowers and other goodies in around the base to integrate it into the piece.

These Autumn Sunset Flowers are just so beautiful!

The final step was attaching the canvas to this sweet little vintage hanger that I found in my stash.  I topped the hanger with Turftan Brown Delicate Stitched Satin Bows, and Brown/Cream Plaid Ribbon from the August Ribbon Club Assortment.   Then I added some sweet vintage buttons on top of the bows, and here and there in the canvas.  You know me and my buttons!

I find that the more I work with mixed media, the more I am enjoying the process.  There is still so much to learn, but that is half the fun, isn’t it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




8 thoughts on “Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging

  1. Suzy Q

    Luv this beautiful Fall wall hanging! And it’s extra special with your little helpers!!! Your granddaughters know just what grandma might need!!! Just gotta luv that! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Beverly Jordan

    Such a rich tapestry of fall goodness! Love that your grandchildren are involved in this masterpiece and the pieces were fab for this particular project!! Gorgeous images as well!! Just such a wonderful piece and so meaningful as well!

  3. Janice Rosenthal Rock

    Love it!! (of course!!) And love the “grandma bonds” you’re creating with your two granddaughters!! How VERY special! I am sure that my love of crafting came from my Auntie, who was part of a group of crafty ladies in our small town when I was growing up! They crafted all year and then held a week-long sale every year, prior to the holidays!!

  4. Sue

    I do love Fall with all it’s rich colours. The temperature is usually perfect for me. Last night it dropped to 52 outside (11C) here, very crispy evening. The weather is definitely changing.
    The detail on this project is super as usual and I do love the fact that there is a touch of your granddaughters in there too, it’s nice they contribute with little things they find. Very cute.

  5. Cheryl Wells

    Love this wall hanging Kathy!! You always know how to put everything together so that it all flows – just gorgeous!!!

  6. Gena

    Kathy, your talent with mixed media has no limits! Buttons, acorns and bark….oh my! How very special that you were able to incorporate contributions from your precious granddaughters into this gorgeous piece. It takes me back to when I was a young girl and would do projects with my grandmother. How wonderful that was. Love the little fox and butterfly among all the beautiful flowers and fall colors. Such a warm inviting decoration for this time of year. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  7. Katie Baird

    I love when you put on your mixed media boots!! It always ends up in something incredibly special. Add to that, treasures from your sweet granddaughters and you have a recipe for something magnificent. Sending hugs from Kentucky.

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