Friday, 25 November 2011

E A Poe

Smudgy Antics Blog has a challenge this week. To make a "something" inspired by Poe and/or his works. Not that hard to do. Has to be stamped somewhere, either digi or rubber and the added bonus is that if a Smeared Ink stamp is used, the prize is the awesome DT creation made by Blackdragon!!!

Here's my humble offering... first time at altering a canvas!!!
Edit - Ike asked "how big?" It's 5"x7"

Three poems were at the front of my mind when creating this. "Annabel Lee", "A Dream Within a Dream", and that old faithful "The Raven"
Loads of different things and techniques used here and I really enjoyed it. It was daunting at first as all the tutorials I watched about transfering images to canvas used "gel medium". What to use? I tried gesso. It WORKED.... yayyyy.
I used images from Moonlight Journey as a starting point, printed onto thin card, (I find the print quality is better). I applied a coat of white gesso to the canvas and, when still wet, burnished the images on - then went to bed so that I wouldn't be tempted to "see how it's doing". The testing time - wet the card and gently rub it away. The images are set in the gesso.
Some soot stamping of the angel from Smeared Ink and some Poe quotes from the writers plate from Cherry Pie. I also heat embossed the angel with a slightly opaque powder. These were applied using matt mod podge after heat embossing images of the man himself from that Cherry Pie plate in the bottom left and between the images top right using the same opaque powder. This gives it the slightly ghostly look I like. Next comes the stamping onto tissue paper. Using the "nevermore" quote and skull/books stamp from Cherry Pie again and some gravestones and ravens from Smeared Ink. These were applied using more mod podge.
When it was all dry, I applied a final coat of modpodge to seal.
I made a few lace flowers and stuck on with pinflair glue gel.
All I need to do now is a frame.
That's for another day.

I am entering this into the challenge over on
Smudgy Antics - Poe Me
Samuel Taylors Crafts - Anything Goes - some fab items for one lucky person


  1. WOW Helen, this is wonderful. How did you come up with this. There is so much going on. Great work.

  2. Totally AWESOME Helen. This just ROCKS !!! How big is it ???
    Ike xxx

  3. Wow! Amazing canvas! I've never tried doing a canvas or image transfer, but you have inspired me! It is now on my "to-do" list. It is amazing how many techniques you used for this fabulous project. Thanks for playing with Smudgy Antics!

  4. Helen this is so stunning, great job

  5. Awesome canvas, I love your combo of elements. Thanks for joining us for the Smudgy Antics challenge this week.

  6. This is really way cool! You have done a great job here! I just LOVE it!!

  7. Helen... what can i have my address i have a frame waiting.
    The work in this...the composition, the techniques all add up to one incredible inspirational piece of art.
    Thanks for joining us at Smudgy antics.... i just remembered to say that!
    Much love my friend xxx