Believe nothing you hear…

our local mixed media art group is having a round robin and this month I got a book with the theme of “The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe” …

Magpie's Nest beginning pages

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the black patterned envelopes that I have been saving (I have made a vow to stop saving them so using some felt extra good!)…

Magpie's Nest beginning pages (1)

outlining the edges with a black Stabilo pencil and brushing with a stiff brush dipped in white gesso gave some color and texture to the background along with some bits of vintage paper and book text…

Magpie's Nest ready for quote

the image on the left is of a book cover printed onto a torn out page from this book…the red beer bottle cap on the right has been smashed flat and waiting to be used for some time now…

Magpie's Nest trying text

I had no idea this quote was by Edgar Allan Poe but it had always been a favorite of mine (seems Poe is misquoted quite a bit and the way I originally knew the quote was:  “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”)…

Magpie's Nest trying text (1)

trying out various fonts and positioning…

Magpie's Nest trying text (2)

until I was happy while having some fun channeling my dark side…

Magpie's Nest Poe left page

paint and pencil scribbling along with stamping on tissue paper and a piece of poison washi tape that I secured with gel medium…

Magpie's Nest Poe right page

some spider web washi tape at the top that I extended with black pen down the page (I intentionally left the spider out as a bit of a creep factor…if there is a web there must be a spider  but where!)… a piece of my faux resin paper and a golden flimmerstern that I trimmed randomly with scissors behind the bottle cap…

Magpie's Nest Poe Final Pages

I am also sharing these pages with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite Poems and Quotes” challenge

31 responses to “Believe nothing you hear…

  1. Deep, dark, and meaningful. LOVE E A Poe.

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  2. Wow – what a departure from your usual colors! But, I love it! Well done. I believe Mr. Poe would be quite happy with your homage.

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  3. Great pages! E.A.Poe is one of my favourite poets, too…

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  4. Wow, wonderful pages and so beautifully creepy – yessss! Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

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  5. WOW what a wonderful tribute to Edgar Allen Poe, so many to see on the gorgeous pages, I love that.and the quote too.
    Big hugs Anja

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  6. Hi Patty! Amazing scene you’ve created here. Love your creative page and all fantastic details. And I like the quote too. Very interesting work!
    Mar x

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  7. Wow, Patty, you did have some fun exploring your dark side with this one! I love that spider web and all the dark and dangerous texture you’ve included. Great effect with the Stabilo and Gesso! I think it’s really important to take that dark side on a walk sometimes and this is a brilliant example. Do you know, Edgar A P as the author of that familiar quote is a new one on me too! Thanks again, Patty for always giving me something to think about! I loved this post: you never cease to inspire and entertain! xxx

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  8. WOW!! This is very cool…and dark…not your usual style. I really like what you’ve done here.

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  9. Wonderful work!!!! So inspiring!!

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  10. What a super wise quote to this amazing spread dear LIEBE Patty!
    Amazing! Have a great new week!
    So happy about your fantastic entry to Art Journal Journey!
    hugs
    Susi

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  11. this leaves me speechless!! WOW

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  12. Love this grungy spread Patty, great use of those recycled envelopes! xxx

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  13. Meant to say that you inspired me to use some of my painty scraps to collage my April calendar page…thanks for that! 🙂 xxx

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  14. This is fabulous! Your pages are so full of dark character, perfectly Edgar Allan Poe!

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  15. wow- you have a dark side as well? heehee
    Patty you did Poe a great credit on your spread- Fab!!
    Thanks for sharing about the World Market- I have never heard of such a place!! So cool for you to have one locally to shop at!! The closet thing we have is Wegmans other country isles!! heehee
    Lovely Patty- Happy beautiful weather day to you!!xo

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  16. Stunning spread, Patty. I often audition how I’m going to place my images on a page, and it sure paid off for you. This is one simply adorable (and creepy) homage to Poe. I LOVE what you did with the spider web. That was incredible.

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  17. I love these pages! I regularly have to stop saving special supplies, so I know the feeling.

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  18. Patty, they are amazing, pages, my dear.
    Nothing sweet and romantic here, no soft colour tones, only the darkest whisper of almost horror and squeaky floors with a howling wind,outside. You got me scared ,, I would`t like to meet that man with his electric arm and hand ,for sure !! Lol– Fantastic spread , you master it all !!
    Hugs from Dorthe

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  19. I particularly like the sketched face lovely textures

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  20. how fun to visit the dark side on occasion!! Fab journal spread!

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  21. Fabulous pages Patty!! Love this layout 🙂 ~Sophia

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  22. Stunning page dear Patty. You use so interesting materials and your ideas are always very creative. Gorgeous combination of images and words.
    Hugs xx

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  23. sparkledaysstudio

    Very eerie in a kind of Poe way. There is so much Poe in my neck of the woods and witches and the like in Salem, MA, so it’s fitting that it’s eerie! Great job. xox

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  24. wonderful pages, my friend!

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  25. Dark and creepy is this page and it is perfect to Mr. Poe’s books with it’s dark stories. You made it so well. Your words on it are also so true.
    Dear Greetings
    Sabine xox

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  26. Stunning pages, love the darkness and quote.
    Yvonne

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  27. Wow, your pages are fabulous – I love the spiders web, and the little red bottle cap really stands out. Beautifully dark and creepy and perfectly Poe!

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  28. Your mastery in layering color, texture and design never ceases to amaze and fascinate me. Each piece is a well-described and fascinating look into the mind of an artist. Sure do wish you were a traveling teacher!

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  29. Trying to catch up after a very “trying” week! This page is another of my favorites that you have done. I do like the spider web and all the slightly spooky elements! Great use of the patterned envelopes, too!

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  30. Lovely page. I was unaware that was a Poe quote and had also heard it differently. Eye candy and a history lesson, how delightful.

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  31. Well you can believe this – I have kept this on my computer so I can study it more than once. I do love it!!!!!
    Sandy xx

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