Hello friends,

I have so many pages to share this month that it looks like will have to squeeze another page in today!  I should mention again that I decided to have one journal for October so all my pages for this month have now been bound into one single book, and I’m glad to have 31 pages plus the giant double-page foldout, but for RL reasons I missed a few days of posting and now I need to squeeze them all in before the end of the month!  So here is my second page for today!

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s spread is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and some of his poetry and a Corvid or two…

As I mentioned before, I make my own art journals, and start to combine them once I have a few pages, so for this October book, I had a bunch of pages combined and then a second bunch of pages combined, and then last week I decided to just bite the bullet and combine them all into one single book.  However, that then makes it more difficult (for me) to work in them rather than having the pages loose and flat so I painted the background of a few of the pages just to make it easier to get started.  This is one of those pages and it has something dark leaking through from the other side, and I probably would have been better making it a darker colour to hide that, but instead I painted it with Neocolour IIs in ochre, which is quite an orangey colour.  I wondered what to do with it after that, and then at the weekend I decided to add some Poe.  I drew Mr Poe with the raven and then used Neocolours and paint pens to add colour.   It took me more time than I had planned but it was an enjoyable few hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Then on the other side of the spread I drew a giant raven on a branch, and then copied out a couple of lines from one of his poems – Romance (1831) – the original text uses “dipt” instead of “dipped” but I changed it for my page.  The raven and the branch are also coloured with paint pens.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, neocolours, paint pens, black pen, Pitt pens, ,


Art Journal Journey The Colours of October – October is looking typically orange with a dash of Poe

LeighSBDesigns – 31 Days of Halloween Hop+Challenge 2021 – Day 25


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Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
November 1, 2021 5:58 am

Loving Poe.

October 26, 2021 6:35 pm

Wonderful page with Poe and the Raven!! Love the idea of an October Book to hold all your Spooktacular art work!

October 26, 2021 5:32 pm

Happy Day 25 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with your totally POEtastic j-page, LOVE Poe so LOVE this! Mark your calendar for January 2022 and come play in LeighSBDesigns annual POE Appreciation celebrations!
Happy Haunting!

Erika N
October 26, 2021 12:38 pm

I’ve been waiting to see an Edgar Allen Poe Halloween page. Did you draw all this? It is really amazing how you caught Poe’s likeness Elle. I do like this spread. And I know what you mean about squeezing in pages. I’m doing the same. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. Hope your week is going well, even if we aren’t too far into it. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
October 26, 2021 7:32 am

Poe looks great with both ravens. This is a wonderful entry for Tracey’s theme at Art Journal Journey,.

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
October 25, 2021 11:47 pm

Poefect page!

October 25, 2021 7:16 pm

How wonderful to see Master Poe make an appearance with his raven friends! Love the verse you used on on this perfect page!

Val S.
October 25, 2021 3:42 pm

Fabulous, love Poe and his Raven! You must share your finished 31 page book !

October 25, 2021 3:27 pm

Your sketch of Poe is delightful. I’m very fond of ravens and their harsh cries.
Though I have not heard one say “nevermore.”

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