Tag: Mixed Media

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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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.

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 kids with me and we spent quite a while exploring the weird and wonderful finds that owners Ken Schuler and Beth Ann Busch have collected and displayed. Some of the unique oddities include:

vintage embalming fluid bottles • a one-eyed pig in a jar • mourning pins • cabinet cards • medical tools • creepy photographs • old dolls • a real human skeleton • an embalmed cobra • old skulls, bones, and teeth • insects mounted in shadowboxes

The Oddporium not only carries objects suitable for a cabinet of curiosities, but also sells original artwork from local artists. I quickly discovered my new favorite artist, Gus Fink. I took photos of my two favorite pieces, as seen below.

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

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While there, I asked Ken if he thought my painting, Memento Mori #1, would be suitable for consignment at his shop. He said yes so we started the paperwork.

Memento Mori #1, detail

Memento Mori #1, detail


Just as we were finishing up, an interesting fellow came in and bought the painting! I was so shocked. But I was also really happy that someone else in the world like this painting since my husband hates it. (When I asked him to hang it up on the wall he said, “You mean right here where someone can see it?!”)

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Now, off to create more in this series. Sorry, husband, you’ll be seeing more of these soon.

Memento Mori, A Mixed Media Painting

On my easel right now is this painting, in its final stages, that I’ve named Memento Mori, which means remember death. It’s got a sort of fiery palette with reds, yellows, browns, and orange. I’ve embedded some numbers and used tissue paper to add texture. At the bottom are three rows of skulls.

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

It’s not finished yet but it’s getting there, yay. Check back soon – I’ll post images when it’s done.

Texture in Art and Collage Painting

Texture is one of the elements of design that refers to the surface quality in a work of art, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional. Texture in painting is often expressed with layers of paint built up in various areas to indicate form or to supply energy or movement to the work. In collage painting, texture is very easy to achieve using any number of found materials as texture tools, along with different acrylic mediums.

Here are a few examples of backgrounds I’ve created for my collage painting:

I’ve used layers of paint and acrylic mediums like soft and heavy gel medium, glass beads medium, and stucco paint effect medium. I used found objects like toilet paper rolls to imprint circle shapes, bubble wrap to stamp dots on my canvas, and cardboard, sticks, plastic, and more to incise lines or patterns. And that’s just the background! I then continue on, adding more elements such as scrap papers, photos, tape, and embellishments.

Of course, texture is also evident in other forms of art, including fiber art, pottery, jewelry, furniture-making and more, as seen in my Etsy treasury, Texturium.

Texture also exists in nature and in many aspects of our lives. See my Pinterest board for the many examples of textures in life, nature, art, and our everyday world:



Please pin this!!!

Texture in Art and Collage Painting Graphic by Trilby Works

Texture in Art and Collage Painting Graphic by Trilby Works

The Servants of Ord

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Exciting news! The Servants of Ord has been chosen to be published in a mixed media art book by North Light Books. The book is entitled “Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media” and is a hardbound showcase of the best in mixed-media expression. It’s their first-ever competition book entirely devoted to the best of mixed-media. Works were chosen from a wide variety of mixed-media styles and categories including painting, collage, assemblage, jewelry, fiber art, book arts, mosaics and more. I’m thrilled to be part of this book and I am so thankful for one of my pieces to be selected.

The Servants of Ord

The Servants of Ord

Here is the complete list of winners: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/editors-picks/congratulations-to-our-incite-dreams-realized-winners?et_mid=595697&rid=233017906.

Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media

Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media

About the Book:

Expressive. Brave. Enchanting. Soul-kindling. Compelling. The best of mixed media.

All of these are embodied in the premier edition of Incite. The 93 artists behind these incredible works (more than 120 total!) share their stories of artistic visions fulfilled, lofty goals achieved and daunting obstacles overcome.

From persevering through personal struggles to mastering difficult mixed-media techniques, from collage and encaustic to assemblage and jewelry, the stories and art in Incite, Dreams Realized will inspire you to think big, never give up and dare to realize your own dreams.

Buy it on Amazon here.

I want to thank my amazing photographer, Luigi Ciuffetelli, for a great picture (not shown here but you can see it in the book).

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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