Friday, 27 January 2012

Fat Book

I'm in the process of compiling a Fat Book. A page 4" x 4" with 1/2" for the binding.
These are 2 of the pages that I have done this week.
They just so happen to fit into a couple of challenges as well :)

The first features that little known poem by the Literary Master of the Macabre, Mr. Poe himself.

The poem is "Eldorado". For those that don't know it...
Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old-
This knight so bold-
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied-
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

Edgar Allan Poe

The paper is from Joanna Sheen. Slightly charred around the edges as a lot of old maps are. The image is from the "As Death" set from Smeared Ink. Coloured with promarkers and the chain was heat embossed to give it that extra volume. Then all mounted onto a pearlised gold piece of cardstock.

The second page features stamps from Smeared Ink and Cherry Pie. It was for the Rock 'n' Rolla challenge over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum. This month we were challenged to make a piece of artwork inspired by the song and video, The Lonely by Christina Perry.

This is the outcome from my craft area

So much masking done here. Most of it stamped using black memento ink. The "mesh" background (Quoth the Raven set) was stamped using weathered wood DI.

The challenges I am entering into are
The top fatbook page
Haunted Design House - Get Lost (Use a map)

The bottom fatbook page
Smeared and Smudged - Rock n Rolla Challenge
Quoth The Raven - Use a Likeness of the Master (I was hoping to doo another, but time cannot be bought)


  1. Dang, girl! You are on a streak! Please pass a little mojo my way. Pretty please?

  2. Oooh - I love both of these amazing creations. The Map one is really creepy with that guy and the skeleton on his back !!! Your POE piece is lovely and congrats on the super amount of masking there :-D AWESOME Aren't you going to put him over at QTR ???? :-D
    Thank you for joining us for Macabre Monday at HDH. xxxx

  3. Way to go! Fabulous creations. That is one cool stamp from the As Death set. Forgot about that one. Great masking too. Thanks for joining is for MM at HDH. xxD

  4. Brilliant work on this. Loving that charred paper and the poem faded inthe bg is amaizng x

  5. Fabulous map entry for our Get Lost challenge at HDH!
    Thanks for joining in on the fun this week for Macabre Monday!

  6. Two FANTASTIC pieces Helen!.......I do hope you are going to enter your Poe piece into the QTR challenge :)

  7. Two wonderful pieces Helen.... of cause i adore the Poe piece.... it would fit at QTR.....thanks for sharing at HDH my dear friend... much love always BDx

  8. WooHoo - you did it. Thank you for sharing these with us and for joining in at Quoth The Raven :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. So glad you decided to share with us :)
    Thanks for joining us at Quoth the Raven :)

  10. Glad you entered this at QTR ...much love my friend. xxx