In the words of Poe

At Stampotique designers challenge Kay asks us to use a quote from Edgar Allan Poe in our work.  I chose a line from one of his poems, a poem that is romantic and melancholic, a poem that concurs Poe’s favourite theme the death of a woman. “we loved with a love that was more than love” from Annabel Lee. It’s an art journal page, and most of you following me knows that my art journal pages are coming from a deep feeling inside me. This was the same. Love is a feeling that I long for, love is a feeling that I still would like to discover. When I read Poe’s poem about Annabel Lee I could feel how much pain he feels at the same time that he claims he has the biggest happiness on earth. What a philosophical contradiction in itself: like pain and happiness or hate and love would walk hand in hand. Yet it is true, happiness and love are fragile, it is more like walking on thin ice one step to fast and it breaks, or dancing a passionate tango, one move to the wrong side and you are out of rhythm. So all that turmoil of feelings made me create a deep magenta-vermilion-rose background. Used tissue paper and old book page to stamp Daniel’s hanging hearts (#6119) and France’ s my heart (#10008) with archival ink: I applied them onto my background with soft gel and around ‘my heart’ I still stamped with France’s design cube (#10012) some textures. My text is Roc’s stacked love (#2427) where I handwrite the rest of the quote. I added some lace, scraps, embellishment, canvas fringe and simple net around my quote. The little hearts around are stamped with Jo’s heart cubed (#3003) and finally a few fine details:  Hope you feel the love, how much happiness and sorrow it can bring. Thanks for joining me.

I am sharing my spread with Quoth the raven quest #39, Anything Poes.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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41 Responses to In the words of Poe

  1. tabortooth says:

    Ruth, so poignant! ! I love the verse you chose. Poe is an amazing writer, the minds visuals he creates with his words are astounding. And this verse captures the emotions and depth of love. It is a precarious path. .. beautifully captured here by you

  2. Susan Carol says:

    Beautiful page with gorgeous textures, colours and loving the hearts, all of them – I can feel the ache for love in your page and your post, Ruth.

  3. zksmith says:

    Gorgeous page, Ruth. I prefer quiet, contented love to painful, all-consuming passion. The tissue paper image came out really well! I love those stamps!

  4. Lisette says:

    What a great post and a great page to go with. Very refreshing to see another side of Poe and the artistic response it has stirred in you.

  5. vickilou92 says:

    Beautiful page, Ruth! Love the colors, the verse, the texture! Great job

  6. bevbaird says:

    What a stunning page and a beautiful post. thanks for sharing your process. Loved it all!

  7. butterfly says:

    Another stunning page… I’m off to sign up to follow!
    Alison xx

  8. So very beautiful Ruth, absolutely stunning 🙂
    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Stampotique 🙂

  9. kampysgirl says:

    Delightful page Ruth!! So glad to see a Poe piece where there is life to it! Your design makes Poe a little less dark today! lovely! xo

  10. Great page. Totally captures the love and passion. Hope you will experience it soon.

  11. prachee says:

    love ur page…nd the whole process that went into makin it 🙂


  13. Kay Wallace says:

    I am so very impressed with how you interpreted this week’s Stampotique challenge, Ruth! You have taken one of the “softer” works of Poe and created a romantic piece of art! Very creative way to include the quote, by the way! Thanks so much for participating in the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge this week!

  14. massofhair says:

    I waited a long time to find a deep, beautiful and fulfilling Love, one that is calm and respectful. I hope you get to experience a similar Love very soon. It is worth the wait…

    Such a deep page that will resonate with many, thank you for sharing:-) xxx

  15. Sue The Iron says:

    Ruth this is beautiful, I love the soft texture gel, and the way you’ve used the stamp int the quote. Thank you so much for sharing you art and your heart with us at Stampotique. Sue xx

  16. *Arwen* says:

    What should I say Ruth?
    Brilliant as always ❤
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge 🙂

    xx Arwen

  17. kaz says:

    Gorgeous journal page. I love how you wrote your quote. Thanks for joining us again this week at Stampotique.

  18. windinn says:

    How did I miss this? It’s just a beautiful piece!

  19. Kay Wallace says:

    Ruth, you might want to also submit your Poe piece to this December challenge:

  20. IKE says:

    How excellent – fabulous page and a brilliant write up. I so agree with your thoughts there 🙂 Thank very much for coming over to play along at QUOTH THE RAVEN 🙂
    Could you please add the details of our QTR Blog Link on your Post please. 😀

    IKE x
    Co-Writer QTR

    My Challenge Blog
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  21. Kay Wallace says:

    Glad you posted on the “Quoth the Raven” site, Ruth! 😉

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