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Project - Raving Ravens
by DiscoQueen
posted 05/22/14 at 11:55 AM
Galleries: Home Decor

Winner of Quoth The Raven Quest #32 ‘Raving Ravens’.

Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’.

Chair & books: Sitting reading ‘forgotten lore’ & movement of chair in front of the bird.
Skull: December’s association with forces of darkness & the suggestion the character was reading books of the occult or black magic.
Curtains: ‘Rustling of each purple curtain’
Layered Vintage Cabinet Die Cuts: Conflicting representations depict character’s conflicting desires. It is the Window at which Raven is rapping, the Chamber door at which Raven is first rapping & which it perches above, a lover’s archway adorned with flowers representing his love of Lenore & a Graveyard Monument to Edgar Allen Poe representing the Raven’s association as a messenger from the ‘Plutonian Shore’ / Underworld .
Gravestone: Raven’s association as a messenger from the ‘Plutonian Shore’ / Underworld .
Dates: Edgar Allen Poe’s birth & death
Slope of stone as sinks into ground & Epitaph ‘Here lies sanity’: The main characters descent into madness
Ravens around grave: Answer to the statement ‘On the morrow he will leave me…’ to which the raven replies ‘Nevermore’.
Glass vials: ‘Balm of Gilead’ (resin used to heal the character after his loss) & ‘Nepenthe’ (drug of forgetfulness).
Mirror (into which the raven looks & which we can see his reflection): Self-deprecating questioning of the raven by the main character.
Scratchy script Title: Claw marks of the Raven (N.B: not coated with a protective spray before adding Ranger’s Glossy accents, to intentionally cause a slight red bleed, representing the hurt the character feels in his heart every time the Raven utters the answer ‘Nevermore’).

Products Used:
Chipboard, Scissors, Adhesive, Texture Paste, Script & Crackle Background Rubber Stamps (Texture), Black Gesso, Brush, Palette Knife, Gilding Wax, Plain Cardstock (Curtains), Score Board (Folds in curtain / Mini book), Flower Punch, Birch Leaf Punch & Textured Cardstock (Flowers & Leaves), Thread (Mini Book: Hand sewn & Curtains: Draw together), Magnets (Embedded in chipboard & covered over - keep door shut securely), Paper Clay (Cushion & Top layer of Gravestone), Cocktail Stick (Engrave into paperclay on gravestone), Mirror, Glass Vials with Cork Lids, Wooden Bead (door knob), Flower Sequins (Chair), Metal Skull Embellishment (book), Metal Frame Embellishment, Buttons (Feet), Inkjet Printer, Super Smooth Paper & Protective Spray (for Inkjet Printers).
Carta Bella’s Digital Collections: Raven & Spider’s web
Fiskars ProCision Paper Trimmer
Graphics Fairy Digistamp: Edgar Allen Poe
Rangers Glossy Accents (Edgar Allen Poe image & Title) & Rangers Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Sizzix Tim Holtz’s Movers & Shapers Vintage Cabinet Base Die & Mini Magnetic Die Set (Conflicting representations & Gravestone), Tim Holtz’s Raven & Scaredy Cat Bigz Die, Tim Holt’z Movers & Shapers Mini Bird & Cage (Mini Ravens).

How It was Made:
After adhering together texture was added by stamping over with modelling Paste using a script background rubber stamp & crackling background stamp. Black gesso was painted over everything, except the mirror, title & Edgar Allen Poe’s Image) & extra texture was created through the layering of brush stokes & use of a palette knife . Finally Gilding wax was applied to give the piece a faux bronze look.

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