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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-22-2014 11:43 AM 1874 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 11:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful! This piece is truly outstanding on many levels.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 12:01 PM

Thank you so much John. :) I can’t decide which version I like best, so I posted both!

I am really glad you like it!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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beefererer

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 12:40 PM

Outstanding! As soon as I saw this, Alan Parsons Project’s “Tales Of Mystery And Imagination” started going through my head! Great work!

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 12:56 PM

Shiela, that is so very nice looking, just beautiful!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-22-2014 12:57 PM

Thank you both! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 08-22-2014 01:24 PM

Pretty neat! ...on a number of levels.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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PaulDoug

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#7 posted 08-22-2014 02:11 PM

I love them both. Could not chose between them. Great work!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 08-22-2014 02:13 PM

Beautiful, Sheila! I must say, I like the painted version best. Probably because it was the first version I saw! LOL
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 08-22-2014 05:45 PM

Wonderful work Sheila. I too prefer the painted version. It keeps me looking at all of the detail that you have so carefully created. Love it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 08-22-2014 06:08 PM

Definitely evokes the theme of the story, Sheila. Although I prefer the blue raven version I must admire your scroll work on the scroll-sawn version.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 08-22-2014 08:13 PM

I actually like both of them. They each have their own appeal to me. I was happy the layered one looked so nice. It was kind of tough figuring out the trees, but it worked out well in the end. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 08-23-2014 03:52 AM

I like both versions, Sheila. I think they each have their own character.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 08-23-2014 09:30 AM

Thank you Anna! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 08-23-2014 10:05 AM

this has the spooky feel of halloween! very good job!!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#15 posted 08-23-2014 10:06 AM

Thank you Michelle! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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