|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 08-22-2014 11:43 AM||2682 views||2 times favorited||34 comments|
This layered plaque was inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem “The Raven.” I have always been a huge fan of Poe’s work, and in my mind I had a vision of how I wanted to depict the poem in a layered plaque form.
The plaque hopefully conveys the eerie essence of the poem, and includes the bright moonlight, the illusion of the clock about to strike midnight, and of course – the raven itself sitting among the bare branches.
In creating this plaque, I used a combination of hard wood and plywood to cut my pieces. I cut the header and footer of some pretty bird’s eye maple, as it held up well to the beautiful swirly scrollwork. The back board and branches were cut of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood, and stained using common acrylic paint and DecoArt’s Staining and Antiquing medium, which gave a nice, transparent color and still allowed the grain of the wood to show through.
The second picture shows the raven cut from both hard wood and plywood. The hard wood piece is made of ebony, and is beautiful just sprayed with lacquer. The plywood piece is stained with the medium and black acrylic paint. I like to show both versions to show that you can get similar results without having to invest a fortune in the hard wood.
The third photo shows the unstained scroll saw version of the plaque as well as a painted version I also made of it. I like doing some patterns this way, as I have requests from both painters and woodworkers.
The scrolled version of the pattern is available on my website for those of you who are interested. The painted version pattern is available at Interactive Artists Magazine August 2014 Issue for a period of time (https://interactiveartistmagazine.org/issues/2014-august/written-lessons), and then later on will be available on my site.
Thank you for looking! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"