Tag: Paintings

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

Freebie Friday: Three Textured Panels in Blue and Brown

I decided that last week’s Friday Freebie canvas did not suit me so I gave it a wash of blue paint – awesome!!! Now I love it and I think it’s done. Here are the new panels. You can use them in collage or for any kind of scrapbook background. They are high resolution (300ppi) tiff files. Drop me a link if you use them – enjoy!

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

Freebie Friday: Three Textured Panels in Brown and Cream

These panels were created with leftover paint from another project. I am so cheap that I did not want to waste the paint so I slopped it onto three new canvas panels. I really like the way it came out. Here they are for your downloading pleasure.

You can print these out and use them for collaging or scrapbooking backgrounds. Or bring them into Photoshop and layer on your favorite graphics. Please use these for personal projects only. Do not redistribute or sell these images. If you find these helpful, please leave a comment below with a link to your project. I’d love to see what you do with them!

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