Friday, August 7, 2015

Poe's Grand Opening of His Theater

I saw this idea in a magazine and so wanted to make one!  Of course I did not have the specified materials needed so as always I feel back on my old friend, cardboard for boxes hoarded!  I made it with some new releases from the British Museum elements of architecture.  The original one I was inspired by had a drawer on the bottom to hold different props for different scenes and I intended on doing a drawer but the ruler was having a bad night and would not play right so we have no drawer.  It does have an area for the back drop you are using and then a divider for additional back drops.  

So when I saw the challenge for Quoth the Raven with so many things to pick to use, I had already made my little Poe puppet (yes it is impossible to make a brooding Poe puppet! After many tries I gave it up.)  The first backdrop was a graveyard scene from the museum releases and added the fabulous Ike's "Poe's Death Bed" when I saw the challenge theme.  Poe and the clay moon with a really weird face made from a Barbie doll mold I attempted, unexpected result!  They hang from a silver thin cord from a cardboard strip across the top, two strips for depth and layering.  Black lace, purple flowers, Poe written in foil tape for faux metal, purple air dry clay skull guarding the stage, and red on the awesome image from Ike's Art.  

 Taken without flash so some elements would show better

                      With the flash
Closer look inside the stage

 Side view of the innards of the theater :)

I have ideas swimming in my head for my little theater oh I mean Master Poe's theater.  He has agreed to share the stage with others just no poets, writers of any kind!  So of course I have agreed.  Take a look at the new challenge up at Quoth the Raven with special guest designer Susan, a totally awesome, lovely person, and while you are there pick 3 any 3 and pleaseth thy Master...sorry, really cannot pull off that language thing!

Happy crafting!

May I enter this at the following challenges:


  1. AWESOME !!! What a fantastic little theatre. This is such a brilliant idea Nan and you've used just about everything on the list :-D I do hope Mr Poe will be doing some other productions ? :-D
    Thank you for playing at QUOTH THE RAVEN this time :-D

    IKE xxxx

    1. thanks, Ike! Yes, he has scheduled a few more productions with his list of restrictions of course! LOL

  2. Love this project. I used to make little puppets and a theater out of card when i was little this makes me want to start making them again. Thank you for sharing with us at Forever Dark

    1. thanks, Katie! It was like child's play such fun!

  3. WOW I just love your creativity with your piece of art - love it. Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  4. What a fab theater you have created for our master of macabre, I'm sure he's well pleased ;0) Thanks for sharing your fab creation with us at Forever Dark challenges :0)

  5. Oh Nan..... this is such a genius idea...wish it was mine! You have years of wonderful POE- ductions ahead of you with your grand little theatre.
    A truely magical project.
    Thank you for joining us this month at QUOTH THE RAVEN. BDx
    QTR Co-Author

  6. oh my! What a fabulous creation. I bet you had the best fun making this.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Quoth the Raven this month xxx