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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

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:



Griselda the Hippo Witch Shelf Sitter Doll

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know I like hippos. I’ve created a number of hippo art pieces but this one is one of my favorites as it combines my other favorite subject: Halloween! My hippo witch is a shelf sitter, meaning her fat legs move at the hips and are bent so that they drape over the edge of a shelf. I made her for an art doll challenge but failed to complete her in time for submission (what a shocker).

Hippo Witch by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Hippo Witch by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

She is made from a plastic peanut butter container and styrofoam, with layers of paper clay painted and sealed. Her clothing is hand made and caused me many difficulties as sewing is not my favorite activity. I used very old purple velvet scraps from a dress handed down in my family along with orange wool felt and black sueded fabric.

Unfortunately, I can’t sell her as my mother (the original hippopotomaniac) spied her in my studio and claimed her. But maybe I’ll make another one some day.

In the fall of 2015, the hippo witch was chosen to appear in Prims magazine, published by Stampington. Here’s how Stampington describes the magazine:

Prims exclusively features art inspired by a bygone era. You will find artwork of primitive, folk, historic, and early Americana style artists that will captivate the imagination and enchant with their simple beauty. The traditional beauty of handcrafted art making includes dolls, paintings and mixed-media artwork, along with teddy bears in Stampington & Company’s unique publication.

Prims Cover Autumn 2015

Prims Cover, Autumn 2015.

The magazine requested that I write up a short essay about my work. Here’s what I came up with:

Griselda the Hippo Witch
by Karen Furst

My mother has a huge collection of hippos, probably close to 5,000 or so. It’s getting to be quite a challenge to find new ones for her so… what’s an artsy person to do? Make one! My hippo witch Griselda came to life after several weeks of gluing, sculpting, drying, painting, sewing, and experimenting.

Griselda’s body is made from a plastic peanut butter container, with a painted paper clay head, arms, and legs. She is a shelf-sitter with legs that move at the hips. Lengths of stiff but bendable wire run through her arms and legs as an armature.

My color scheme (and overall theme) was inspired by Halloween. I pieced together Griselda’s outfit from vintage purple velvet scraps from a dress handed down in my family along with orange wool felt and black suede fabric from my stash. I did not use a pattern but rather fiddled with cutting and folding the fabric to fit. I used a machine to sew the triangular strips of fabric for the skirt and its hem. I hand cut stars and swirls from felt and glued them to her skirt and cape with fabric glue. Lengths of ribbon and trim and a silk flower further embellish her clothing and add a finished look.

Griselda seemed to need a hat; I made one from black craft felt, sewn into a cone shape, stuffed with polyester, and glued to a brim of cardboard covered with felt. A purple cord covers the seams and edges. I played around a bit with the scale of the hat – should I go large and floppy or small and pointed? I decided on the latter; it gives her a pert, almost Victorian look and it’s a pleasing punctuation mark at the top of her triangular outline.

Every witch needs a broom and pumpkin. The broom gave me fits: I had no idea how to make one! I tried to buy one online but just couldn’t find anything. Finally, I clipped some rushes from a fireplace broom and glued them to a stick. I wrapped the rushes with embroidery floss to keep them in place. By contrast, the pumpkin was easy. It’s just a ball of paper clay, shaped into a pumpkin, with a twisted piece of copper wire glued in for the stem.

When Griselda flies home on her broom from her Prims magazine adventure, she’ll head on over to my mother’s house where she’ll join the rest of the hippo collection. But I know it won’t take a magic spell for my hippopotamaniac mother to fall in love with her!

Karen Furst is an assemblage and mixed media artist who is currently working on a book about how to create miniature stone fairy houses. See her work and contact her at TrilbyWorks.com.

Tools & Materials:

plastic food container
fabric glue
paper clay
wire
paint, brushes
fabric, felt
ribbons and embellishments
scissors, thread, needle
cardboard
polyester stuffing
wood twig
embroidery floss
rushes

Thank you Prims magazine for choosing my piece!

Hippo Inspiration

If you like hippos as much as I do, please follow my Pinterest board: Hippos In Art. Here’s a preview.



Toasting Hippo Print Vintage Illustration

A proper hippo gentleman proposes a toast to his animal friends. Hippo mania swept Victorian England after Egypt’s viceroy gave gave the London Zoo its first hippo in 1850, the first live hippo seen in Europe since ancient Rome. Called Obaysch after the island on the Nile where he was captured, the young male hippo became an instant sensation and inspired hippopotamus artwork and even a Hippopotamus Polka. Four years later a second hippo arrived, this one a female named Adhela. The happy couple produced a live offspring in 1871, a female named Guy Fawkes. (Which may be why this handsome fellow below is celebrating!)

Toasting Hippo Print Digital Download Vintage Illustration

Toasting Hippo Print Digital Download Vintage Illustration

This charming illustration is available as a digital download in my shop. Click here to snag one for yourself!

***DETAILS***
You get a high resolution (300 ppi) digital file sized to 8″ x 10″ that you can print out yourself and frame or use otherwise. The file format is a widely used pdf that can be opened and used across many computer platforms. The watermark will not appear on your download.

***COPYRIGHT***
This print is out of copyright.

***TERMS OF USE***
You may use this artwork for personal, educational, and small business projects in any quantity. You may NOT resell the image itself in part or whole. This artwork is royalty free; you pay once for its use and then you may print as many copies of it as you like.

How To Use This In Your Art

The toasting hippo print would be wonderful on a wedding invitation or favor or could be used for an anniversary or shower.

Hippo Inspiration

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



One-Of-A-Kind Hippo Sculpture Art Piece from Wooden Crate and PaperClay

I had so much fun creating this piece and it sold within a week of my listing it on my website – yay! If you’d like to learn how I made it, please read on.

One-Of-A-Kind Hippo Sculpture Art Piece from Wooden Crate and PaperClay

Per my usual working style, this piece took several months to complete. When I started out, I really had no idea what I was going to make. I just knew that I wanted to make a wooden crate into a hippo and that I wanted to have some kind of scene inside the crate.

First I cut out some extra wood pieces to line the back of the crate, which had open slats. Then I covered the entire crate in tissue paper to give it some wrinkles and gave it a coat of blue paint. To make the head and legs, I fiddled around with different items scavenged from my household recycling stash and settled on a creamer lid for the head and Lincoln logs for the feet. I attached the head with a dowel and screws and the legs with glue. I primed them with gesso then broke out my favorite medium, paper clay, to sculpt the head and legs. It took several weeks to add, shape, and dry the layers of paper clay. When dry, I primed again and then painted.

In the meantime, I thought about the inside scene. A snow scene seemed appropriate since lately I’ve been interested in working in a limited color palette; in this case, grays, cream, silver, and light blues. I found two darling hippos at a good price on eBay and purchased them for the inside scene. I decided to place one on a hill so the other one could look up at him. The hill is made from crumpled aluminum and clay. I glued the hippos in place and sprinkled the ground with a white grainy sand that I found at the craft store which gives the look of snow.

The background wall has a paper clay moon with scrapbooking stars. Some have been bumped out with spacers to give a more dimensional feel. The tail is just a bit of paper clay attached to a nail with some strands of string dangling. A coat of sealer and I was done!

The Hippo Jumped Over The Moon Collage Painting

The Hippo Jumped Over The Moon Collage Painting

The Hippo Jumped Over The Moon Collage Painting

Hippo Collage Paintings

I am finally able to get back into the studio to finish up some canvasses I started earlier this year. I made these backgrounds without really knowing what I would put on them, but then I remembered that everything is better with a hippo on it!

The Hippo Jumped Over The Moon Collage Painting

The Hippo Jumped Over The Moon Collage Painting

I make these with acrylic paint on a stretched canvas with old French dictionary paper cut outs for the hippo shapes. I color the dictionary pages with colored pencil, acrylic paint, charcoal pencils, or alcohol ink.

Zen Hippo Sits Quietly Collage Painting

Zen Hippo Sits Quietly Collage Painting

Happy Birthday Hippo With Balloons Collage Painting by Trilby Works

Happy Birthday Hippo With Balloons Collage Painting by Trilby Works

My Hippo Mint Tin Art is Famous!

Wow! My hippo assembly was selected for Art Business Institute’s “Great Handmade Holiday Gifts! $50 – $100” list.

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

This one actually has been sold but I’m in the process of making several more. If you’d like one, check back here to see when they are done or drop me an email and I’ll set one aside for you. Thanks to the ABI for choosing my work!

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