I'm so happy to be part of Jessica Sporn‘s Stencil Test Drive. I'll be having a go with two of her new designs starting in February, but I couldn't wait that long to break in this “Embrace the Rain” stencil. Today I'm using it to join in with the ‘long title' theme at Art Journal Cafe.
A few months ago I did a spread in my journal based on Natasha Bedingfield's song “Unwritten” that includes the words “Feel the rain on your face…” Hard not to think of that when using this stencil, but of course I wanted to do something different. So I went with that old adage about how every life must have some rain, and then I wondered where that came from. Turns out it's an Ella Fitzgerald song, which you can hear here.
I've been working on this spread for a long while, waiting to find out what it was meant to be. Layering colors and textures and papers and tapes. I had those three journaling cards glued down for months wondering what this would become, and when I held Jessica's stencil up to the spread, the girls on her stencil were the exact proportions for what I'd already been building up.
The girl on the left fit EXACTLY on my little crate (height, proportion, etc.), and the girl on the right fit EXACTLY on my cobblestone path. As my kids would say, that's cray! (Z intentionally out).
Isn't the detail on those girls amazing? Here's the line-up for Jessica's Stencil Test Drive (I'd say I'm in some pretty awesome company):
Thanks, always, for visiting.