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The Raven – Halloween Art

Ravens are a Gorgeous Part of Halloween

This post is about a Halloween Art craft using Edgar Allan Poes “The Raven” but my reason for this post has a story, I promise the tutorial follows.

Ravens are my favorite bird, I fell in love with them in Fort St. John, B.C.  It was -47 C plus wind chill and the ravens were outside my home surviving.  They looked like large black balls of fluff with their featherless little feet standing on the ice had to be so cold.  I respect them, they are a shiny beautiful strong black bird, they are survivors, they are very smart and I am very glad to see them celebrated as part of Halloween.
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Hubs works farther north than anyone should, way out in the middle of nowhere and of course there are still ravens.  The ravens wait for the workers in the hope they can snag a good lunch.  Hubs knows I love ravens so he takes pictures of them and brings me home feathers he finds laying around the work site.  The workers have to be careful and keep their windows closed or the ravens will steal their lunches.
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When I look at this picture it confirms my belief that the source of the despair in “The Raven” comes from the narrators mind and has nothing to do with “Nevermore” he was simply saying his name and likely the only word he knew.   Don’t you think this raven is more adorable than menacing?

Halloween Raven Art Tutorial

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is such a gorgeous, brilliantly written poem.  Poe put the raven in the spotlight with his poem. I think everyone has heard of “The Raven”, especially around Halloween.
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To make your own easy Halloween raven art you will need:

Black feathers (Michael’s has them)

A shadow box or deep frame

The poem template (included)

A raven printable (included) or one from the Silhouette store.

Dark black card stock or vinyl

Stick pin, double sided tape

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The Raven Verse Printable

The Raven Silhouette Printable

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Print and cut out both printables.  For my Halloween theme I wanted blood red lettering. If you prefer black lettering, print it in black and white instead of in colour.

Create a general placement for the feathers, poem and raven.  Make sure that you can see the poem.

To make the printable look used I curled the corner with my curling iron.  Attach the poem to the background with either stick pins or double sided tape.

Once you have the printable in place, pin or double edge tape the feathers into place.

Finally place the raven on the outside of the shadowbox.

If your interested in the poem I did a little reading on the poems analysis  and have included some reference links for you.
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The Raven by Edgar Allan  Poe

The Raven is  a narrative ballad about a bereaved young man mourning the death of Lenore the woman he loved.  The young man self destructively interprets the ravens repetition of the word “Nevermore”  until he finally despairs that he won’t be reunited with Lenore in  another world.  Summary and Analysis – Bachelor and Master

I chose not to use the most famous line from the poem although I love it “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary”  instead I chose the following stanza because its focus is more on the raven.

    “Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
            Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

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If you want to read the entire poem here is an easy to read version    The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – The Poetry Foundation
If you want to make it more creepy, here is a Youtube video with a soundtrack by Tom O’Bedlam.       I think playing this from behind the mirror is perfect for an adult party.
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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe in a frame for Halloween art surrounded by ravens and candles.
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This is the first of my projects for Halloween, the vignette will likely move to our front foyer which is currently decorated with my fall decor and have some additional projects added to it.
One last picture of my friends from northern Canada.
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 Let me know your thoughts on Ravens do you love them as I do?

 
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16 thoughts on “The Raven – Halloween Art

  1. EEeeeeeee!!! I LOVE this one Leanna! I have always loved ravens too (they are adorable!), and this project is just too cool for Halloween! Definitely will set aside time to make this- pinning now!

    1. Ravens are a bigger and their head is shaped a bit differently. Truly though when they are flying or not nearby I can’t tell either. I honestly adore both of them though.

    1. I have not heard of a grackle. I am so looking them up. Glad that you love them too because I feel for them on those cold cold days when you see them out there in the freezing, temperatures.

    1. Living in sunny warm Spain you would never see them all fluffy in the cold. It’s because I am Canadian and those birds stay and make it through the winters, I know you must remember lol.

  2. Hey Leanna…so I’m curious…I see the snow on the ground…is that right now? Yikes! If so you really are far north.
    So very glad that the Raven has a place of honor in both the poem and in your home. What a great piece of Halloween decor and I loved that you incorporated that great poem.

    Thanks for the little story and your project.

    Happy Halloween!

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hubs works way north of Edmonton, but we have snow in our forecast this week unfortunately. It will fall and then melt “hopefully”.

      I am very pleased you like the Raven idea and of course the poems quality is amazing.

      Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Loving this raven-inspired vignette! I think ravens are beautiful creatures any time of year 🙂 But this is one creative style idea that is a real stand-out for fall!

  4. What a cool & clever mix of art & poem. As a Brit, when I think of ravens I always think of the Tower of London but I’m sure we get them all over the uk, I’ve never really thought about it!

  5. Your shadowbox is awesome. We have lots of crows in Maine; I sometimes wonder if ANYTHING in my compost heap gets to rot; we tote a bucket out and a crow calls his buddies over! They eat well and have such glossy feathers. In cold weather, they expect a meal! I sometimes “waste” the old breadcrusts that could be used because I know my crows will enjoy them. I decorate my front hall for Halloween and it includes several crows; added a picture of rooks this year–new to me!

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