Thursday, August 23, 2012

Poe-Etic Hop!

I can't believe the day has finally arrived!
Every month we, at the Smeared and Smudged Forum have a members blog hop.
If you have hopped over from Black Dragon, then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to Terra  and follow along.
Each designer along the way is featuring a themed project, be sure to visit all the stops and leave a comment
This month the theme is: 
We're celebrating the great Edgar Allan Poe this month. 
We have to create something using one of his poems!
Oh my, I could not make up my mind, then finally decided to create using El Dorado as inspiration:
El Dorado
Gaily bedight,
A gallant night
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of El Dorado.

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 El Dorado.

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

"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied --
"If you seek for El Dorado."
Here is my creation:
I made a mixed media canvas.
Created a base for my work using pages of an old book, Mod Podge  and some gesso.  Added some color with distress inks ( Broken China, Barn Door).
I then distress a piece of tissue paper (Barn Door and Mustard Seed) and printed the El Dorado Map. Used Mod Podge to adhere to canvas. Added some details using Punchinella and Acrylic paints ( Red, Black and Gold).
The image is from Smeared Ink and it's called Masked - As Death, love the gold mask.
Added a golden (dorado) skull die cut to mark the El Dorado location on map.
Your next stop is Jane.
Here is the line up in case you get lost:
Blog Roll:


Wendy said...

Julia your canvas is fantastic. I love how you used so many collage elements and made it all work into a terrific piece. The masked skeleton dressed in red gives it a pop of color...great embellies!

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Beautifully done! I love it!

Windy Doc said...

Very nice work

monique said...

Fabulous canvas the is so much to see. Very beautiful

Laura B said...

Wonderful canvas! I really like your piece.:)

Vee Cassidy said...

A beautiful canvas, Julia and a great interpretation of the poem. Vee xx

I Don't Do Straight said...

Beautiful canvas.....FAB!

ike said...

Stunning - this is a work of pure art. Love the colouring on the masked death guy :-) xxx

Happycrafter Shell said...

beautiful! great colouring and colours you have used! xx

Ally White Cat said...

Wow julia..Love your is really so marvelous thank you for your gift today i love it.
susan s.

Ally White Cat said...

wonderful art..marvelous and captivating.thank you for great inspiration.
susan s.

Jane said...

Awesome piece of art love it
Hugs xxx

Terra said...

Oh my, I'm kinda speechless! It's utterly creative the way you used that images, I would never had thought to pair it with this poem. Love the texture of the tissue paper and the coloring, the whole piece is fantastic!!

About Me said...

Love all your details and all the techniques you put into your canvas. Just beautiful!

lalkygirl said...

what a fab many details and i love the colours you have used
thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
tracey x
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Nicola said...

Amazing canvas Julia, love the use of techniques - very creative!
Thanks for using something metal on your creation for us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Kristina said...

Oh wow this is awesome, lots of work into this! So beautiful!

~Lady B~ said...

I always love when you play and hop with us, Julia! You are one very talented lady! I love the colors you have used and the collage pieces and textures blend so well together to make one brilliant cohesive piece! You rocked this one!

lisa aka b.creative said...

Julia, I love this. the color combo with that wicked red. You are talented girl! xxlisa

Lisa S. said...

Love your mixed media canvas Julia. Great interpretation of Poe's poem. :D TFS!

Sheryl said...

Julia this canvas is amazing! I love the combination of colours. I really admire your creativity.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Very creative, love the techniques you used... wonderful having you participate in the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge..

julie_woolston said...

Hi Julia just popped over from MIM this is stunning, what a great creation.

Hugs Julie x

soapHOUSEmama said...

Beautiful Work! The Simon Says Stamp & Show design team thanks you for participating in this week's challenge! - Ashli

Billie A said...

Hi Julia, I saw your card on MIM but you also left messages on my cards. OH my and I glad I saw this. I love this kind of work but dont know how to make it work. Great Great card, image and love Edgar Poe, In high school I did a write up on him. Interesting man. Great work by you. I will follow this blog hop cant wait to see what everyone else did.

Sandra said...

Hi Julia! Oh my, your project is fantastic!! Love how you got the inspiration from Poe! Love the map and the golden skull!! Beautiful details! Saw your card from MiM and my blogg. :)
Hugs Sandra

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is great. I saw it on MIM.

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh wow what a differenc in style from your MIM#165 entry! This is really quite stunning (and a little scary!). Love to see your different styles.

Chana said...

Hi, Julia! Found this at MIM! It is fabulous! I like that your work here is so different from your "other side!" Saw this at MIM!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Very creative and a very different from your other blog. I saw you on MIM.


Kavitha Vadhri said...

hi julia,no words to say,loved your work,good luck on MIM.


Birgit said...

I have not read this poem in years and it is great to your inspiration from it! This is just great and it looks like you used that ribbon stuff with the holes in it and to great effect. The whole thing! Love it! Saw this on MIM too

nnalorac said...

Oh Wow Julia, love all the inky creativeness on your canvas, fab piece of work. Popped over from MIM. Carolxx

Tammy Ortiz said...

I Really have enjoyed your Blog. This creation is really sharp, full of Talent.
Best Of Luck in the challenge.
Tammy Ortiz
Founder of
Tammy Scrapin Corner

Berit Synnøve said...

This is fabulous. Full of great details. Thanks for joining The Crazy Challenge.
Hugs Berit

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