Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers...

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Snowman with Playful Kittens

Snowman with Playful Kittens

Just finished this cute snowman piece which I'm donating to a cat rescue group I work with called Andy's Friends. They'll be using it as a raffle item...

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media...

Three mixed media collage paintings that I finished up recently. Hope to sell these at the Bellefonte Art Gallery. [caption id="attachment_989" al...

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Front Door Hanging

I recently finished this fun wall hanging for my front door. Everyone loves cute little owls and these are darling! This whole project cost less than ...

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Assemblage Supplies - Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

Assemblage Supplies – Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

I'm a sucker for supplies. I have more supplies in my studio than I will ever use. And yet I continue to collect more. Because I need them. ...

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Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

This exclusive Trilby Works card is perfect for your special loved one who likes hippos and humor. ...

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My Memento Mori Painting Sold at the Oddporium

I paid my first visit to that "Gallery of the Peculiar and the Bizarre," the Oddporium, on Marsh Road in Arden. Wow! I happened to have my...

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Great Leopards Bane George Baxter Botanical Print

Great Leopard’s Bane George Baxter Botanical Print, Friday Freebie

"Great Leopard's Bane" is a hand colored engraving by George Baxter from British Flowering Plants, published in 1840. Plate #157. [captio...

Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

This exclusive Trilby Works card is perfect for your special loved one who likes hippos and humor.

Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

Mistress Hippopotamus April Showers Note Card

The inside reads:

APRIL SHOWERS
Mistress Hippopotamus takes her green Umbrell
Tho’ the sun is shining fine, one can never tell
When a naughty thunder-cloud may spoil a pleasant day
And a green Umbrell’s real handy to keep wet drops away.

CARD DETAILS
SIZE: Folded to 3 1/2″ x 5″
PAPER: Heavyweight premium bright white paper
ENVELOPE: It comes with a white envelope sized accordingly

Snowman with Playful Kittens

Just finished this cute snowman piece which I’m donating to a cat rescue group I work with called Andy’s Friends. They’ll be using it as a raffle item for an upcoming fundraiser.

Snowman with Playful Kittens

Snowman with Playful Kittens

How did I make this? I took three different sizes of Styrofoam balls and glued them together and to a cardboard spool that once had holiday ribbon. I applied strips of tissue paper with white glue to strengthen the piece and to provide a surface for my paint to stick to. I covered this with a layer of gesso. I used Liquitex White Opaque Flakes texture gel, which has a look like snowflakes, to the entire piece. I made the hat from paper, buttons from scrapbooking brads, and the sign from a scrapbooking wood embellishment. I bought the kittens on eBay and glued them on. I found the bottle brush trees at Michael’s and got them on sale after Christmas.

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting

Three mixed media collage paintings that I finished up recently. Hope to sell these at the Bellefonte Art Gallery.

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Butterflies and Flowers Mixed Media Collage Painting by Trilby Works

If you like these and want to make your own, see my directions for a similar piece here.

See my Pinterest board, below, for inspiration.

Owl Front Door Hanging

I recently finished this fun wall hanging for my front door. Everyone loves cute little owls and these are darling! This whole project cost less than five dollars.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

Here’s how I made it. First, gather your materials. I got all this stuff from the craft store Michael’s, except the branch and the pine cones, which my daughter collected from the woods. Everything was on sale or clearance and I had a coupon, so the cost wasn’t too high. I ended up not using the rolls of fabric trim in the photo below.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

Cut your branch to fit your wood plaque. Lay out your design and glue everything down. I used my favorite glue, E-6000, which you can buy at Target, Home Depot, Michael’s, and elsewhere. Any type of clear-drying, heavy-duty glue should work. White craft glue would work also, but doesn’t have the holding power of the others mentioned.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

I had enough materials to make three of these. My mom saw the first one and wanted it, so I made two more.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

The lettering is from Tim Holtz. If you can’t find this, or something similar, you can print out your own letters and mount them on cardboard. Or adhere the paper letters directly to the wood.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

You can arrange your branch, owls, pinecones, and flowers any way you like, but do keep the principles of good design and composition in mind.

Owl Door Hanging

Owl Door Hanging

Now go make one!

The Original Oddball, A Curious Creature

What is this thing? I don’t know. Kind of a goblin, sort of a monster. I call it an “Oddball.” Mainly because its head is shaped like a ball and I literally rolled the clay into a ball to make the head. This guy is assembled from some household recyclables, a small Styrofoam ball, polymer clay, wire, toothpicks, and candy stirring sticks.

The Original Oddball

The Original Oddball

The body is made from a wine bottle cork glued to the lid of creamer bottle and covered with a layer of paper clay. Candy stirring sticks are hot glued to the inside of the creamer lid and reinforced with clay. The head and feet are made from polymer clay. Arms are made from wire inserted through the shoulders and covered with paper clay. His scarf is a piece of felt sewn with glass beads.

Here are some more photos of this oddball:

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Assemblage Supplies – Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

I’m a sucker for supplies. I have more supplies in my studio than I will ever use. And yet I continue to collect more. Because I need them. Really. I do.

Last spring I scored this batch of really cool vintage wooden game pieces.

Assemblage Supplies - Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

Assemblage Supplies – Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

They only cost $5! Yay me!

One year later, they are still sitting in my drawer, waiting to be used. And I will be using them, I can assure you. No, I don’t have a plan. I would make one, but I’m too busy looking for more goodies to add to my stash.

Assemblage Supplies - Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

Assemblage Supplies – Vintage Wooden Game Pieces

The picture above is of my wooden pieces drawer. All my junk is carefully organized so I can find it. All the drawers are labeled, of course! I may be an art supply hoarder, but I’m an orderly one. Just look at all those wonderful pieces, just waiting to be assembled into something awesome!

Where to Find Vintage Wooden Game Pieces to Use in Assemblage Art

  1. Scrounge Around in Antique Shops and Secondhand Shops ⇒ I’ve found some good things in antique shops and even more great stuff in junk shops.
  2. Browse eBay ⇒ There used to be tons of good junk on eBay–and I suppose there still is–but it seems to be getting more expensive as sellers wise up to the fact that we junkers want their stuff.
  3. Visit Farmer’s Markets / Garage Sales / Goodwill Stores ⇒ A step down from antique stores and secondhand shops, farmer’s markets, garage sales, and Goodwill stores have yielded some treasures to me over the years. It’s worth a look!
  4. Steal From Your Kids ⇒ Seriously! Most of the wooden pieces in the drawer above were “liberated” from my children. And they never knew they were missing!

How To Use Wooden Game Pieces in Your Art

You can do lots of things with these little wooden bobs and bits. Below are a few pictures of my work.

Here is some inspiration from my Pinterest board.

Follow Trilby Works’s board Upcycle, Recycle: Wooden Game Pieces on Pinterest.

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An Autumnal Landscape With Hippos, Blank Note Card

There’s only one thing that could improve on a beautiful oil on canvas pastoral scene of sheep resting on a fall afternoon: hippos! So we added some to this restful landscape by 19th century artist William Luker (1851-1889). Our card is blank inside for your customized message, making it appropriate for all occasions.

An Autumnal Landscape With Hippos, Blank Note Card

An Autumnal Landscape With Hippos, Blank Note Card

Our note card is an exclusive, designed by us and professionally printed on glossy cover stock with an uncoated and unprinted paper inside so you can write your own special message.

You could also frame it and hang it on your wall to enjoy every day!

CARD DETAILS
Envelope: Standard 70 lb. envelope
Paper: Heavyweight gloss cover stock
Size: Folded to 5″ x 3.5″
Colors: Color outside and blank inside

Buy this in my shop here.

Hippo Inspiration

If you need artistic inspiration, please take a gander at my Pinterest board for hippos in art:



Found Object Robot Wall Hangings on My Work Table

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s under construction at Trilby Works today. Some cute wall hanging found object robots. They are mostly done but the dude on the right needs some legs.

Found Object Robot Wall Hangings in Process

Found Object Robot Wall Hangings in Process

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These bots are fun to make. More are on the way!

Making Christmas Ornaments in January – Who Does That?

Well, I do, of course. I never seem to be able to do anything at the appropriate time or location. But, really, there is no wrong time to make these ornaments. Why? Because these are ROBOT ornaments, woohoo.

I gathered up all my supplies, which consisted of wood blocks, game pieces, tids and bits of hardware, scrapbooking embellishments, etc. After a few days of intensive gluing, drilling, and assembling, I had a small troupe of the cutest holiday ornaments I’ve ever seen.

These will be available for purchase at the Bellefonte Art Gallery soon.

Jupiter the Faux Fur Plush Monster

Just finished the amazing faux fur plush monster Jupiter! She is about 8 inches high, with spikes of royal blue and sky blue fur, felt paws and horns, and a black felt face with safety eyes. My daughter supervised her construction, stuffed her paws, horns, and body, and pestered me into finishing her.

Jupiter Faux Fur Monster

Jupiter is a plush, stuffed faux fur monster made by Trilby Works

Jupiter was meant to be sold but my daughter claimed her while she was still a flat piece of potential in my fur grab bag so she gets to keep this cute little stuffie as long as she takes proper care of the creature. Which includes cleaning up after it when it makes messes and blames the cat.

I’m working on a tutorial for making these companionable creatures. Click here to see what I’ve got so far.

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