If you like Edgar Allan Poe and you enjoy creating artful projects, you are in the right place!

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I am here to inspire you to participate in the "Raving Ravens" challenge over at Quoth the Raven.  Edgar Allan Poe refers to ravens only a few times in all other works, yet has dedicated an entire poem to the raven who knocked on his chamber door.  You can read (or re-read) The Raven here.

In my own re-reading of The Raven, I was reminded of the fact that the narrator is struggling with whether this raven is actually just a bird or whether, indeed, it might be a devil calling on him.  

It is for this reason that I have included two ravens, one the mirror image of the other, in my artwork today.  My quote comes from this poem.

My background was created by using another of the 8 backgrounds purchased in a pack (Poe Boy) from Smeared Ink.  The background was reversed in a photo editing software program, then both backgrounds were trimmed and taped together in the center.  The entire piece was then trimmed to a size of 12" x 12".  The quote was computer generated and printed on my color printer.  The image of Poe (Lost Coast Designs) was stamped with Ranger Archival Ink on heavy cardstock, then fussy cut and added to my project.

A rather simple project, but one that goes far in illustrating a portion of one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works!

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  I hope you will try to find some time this week and throughout the month of May to participate in the "Raving Ravens" challenge at Quoth the Raven!

Thursday, May 7, 2015


A new challenge has been posted and the Quoth the Raven website is all about RAVING RAVENS! The interpretation of this challenge is totally up to you, just as long as it is related in some way to Edgar Allan Poe.

I wanted to use another of the digital backgrounds I purchased from Smeared Ink called Poe Boy Digital Paper Pack (set of 8).  I ended up using a full background, then printed and cut the raven from a second. The quote I used is from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.  You can read the poem in its entirety here.  (The quote is the first line of the last verse.)

I used a strip of washi tape from my stash so that the raven might have something upon which to "sit" as the quote reads.  The quote was computer generated, then printed directly onto the background.

I hope you will find some time during the month of May to create something for this great challenge.  Thank you for stopping by today! Both your visits and your comments mean a lot to me.