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Delaware Fun A Day Exhibit, 2017

180 participants have made one piece of small artwork every day of September. Now they’re ready to show you! Of course, you’ll need to visit the Delaware Contemporary to see them all but I’ll show you a few below.

DEFAD event postcard

DEFAD event postcard

I skipped the opening night on October 6, 2017, and went the next day so I could take my time to view the art without fighting for space. I took some photos of my favorites, as seen below.

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Delaware Fun-A-Day 2017

I often let my enthusiasm overtake my practicality. Such as a few weeks ago when I brashly signed up for the Delaware Fun-A-Day art event, a busy September of making a small piece of art every day to be exhibited at the Delaware Contemporary in October.

DE Fun A Day Logo

My theme is “Recycled junk art assemblage on wood”. I’ll be making some more of my assemblage flowers on wood panel, similar to the large Differential Bloom painting I finished earlier this year. These, however, will be much smaller and, perforce, simpler in design. After all, I have to make 30 of them!

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

Delaware Fun-A-Day Details

  • Over 180 participants will be presenting their work at a giant group show at The Delaware Contemporary on October 6-8, 2017
  • Opening Night is Friday October 6 from 5pm-9pm
  • Additional hours to view the art on Saturday Oct 7 from 10am-5pm and Sunday Oct 8 from 12pm-5pm
  • The Delaware Contemporary is located on 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Free admission & plenty of free parking!
  • Go to www.delawarefunaday.com for more

Here’s a gallery of my work. Follow as I progress day by day! I’ll post new photos [almost] every day.

I was hoping to post a picture every day but family commitments and crises and illness kept me from doing that.

I did manage to post some photos to Instagram and was interested in seeing the work of others who are participating in this event. Here’s the Instagram feed for the hashtag #delawarefunaday:

2017 Contemporary Gala Art Auction at the Delaware Contemporary

On Saturday, March 25th, the Delaware Contemporary held their Contemporary Gala which they described as “an exciting and elegant evening of music, auctions, and unconventional entertainment. Proceeds from the event support our exhibitions and education programs. Artists will have their work featured in our Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space gallery for an audience of art enthusiasts and collectors.”

2017 Contemporary Gala, DE Contemporary

2017 Contemporary Gala, DE Contemporary

I entered a recently finished piece called Differential Bloom that is assemblage on wood panel, seen below.

Differential Bloom, Assemblage on Wood Panel, Trilby Works

Differential Bloom, Assemblage on Wood Panel, 12″ x 36″

My piece sold! Yay. Thanks to the new owner – I hope you enjoy it for many years.

Here are some close-ups of the flowers:

Differential Bloom, detail of copper flower

Differential Bloom, detail of copper flower

Differential Bloom, detail of silver flower

Differential Bloom, detail of silver flower

Differential Bloom, detail of bronze and gold flower

Differential Bloom, detail of bronze and gold flower

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:



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