Art Journal: Into Every Life…

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):

December 6: Hebrew Calligraphy
December 20: Medieval Leaves
Carolyn Dube, Corrine Gilman, Maria McGuire and Ronda Palazzari
January 10: Starry Night
January 23: Random Squares
Seth ApterKristin Dudish,  Corrine Gilman, and Diana Trout
February 27: Fun Borders
Nataša May and Maria McGuire
April 18: Flying Tulips
May 2: Cascading Leaves
Jane Davies, Maria McGuire and Carol Merveille

Thanks, always, for visiting.



  1. Lisa Sackett on January 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Another one of my faves!! Love the direction you took these pages – And pretty cool how they just fit in their respective places. Cray-Z cool! =)

  2. Wanda Hentges on December 19, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Love these pages!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. lechatquitousse on December 18, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Thank you Marjie for this beautiful participation once again…
    Carol, one of the Frappucinos

  4. Lynne Moncrieff on December 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    This speaks of those times when it pays not to rush ahead but to leave a piece incomplete, knowing fine well that one day the most perfect element is waiting in the wings – it doesn’t get more perfect than this Marjie.

  5. Silvia on December 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’m missing words, these pages are wonderful.

  6. chris on December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love, love, love !!!!

  7. butterfly on December 15, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Those stencils are just wonderful – and how fantastic that they fit so perfectly into the page you had prepared – obviously it was meant to be! A glorious spread, full of colour and movement – and around a song I’ve always loved too!
    Alison x

  8. kathy/NorthCarolina on December 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Another phenomenal creation. I love the movement in this spread. The umbrellas in all their varied positions lead my eye through the piece so beautifully. And those pops of yellow amid the blues add so much life to the composition. The details and layers are luscious, Marjie! And the girls are just perfection. I’m not that patient…but waiting to see what this would become was definitely the right choice.

  9. chris on December 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Beautiful colours and the stencils work a treat! Chrisx

  10. Julie Tucker-Wolek on December 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeee the colors, the quote and those stencils are JUST WOW WOW WOW!!!!

  11. Anita Houston on December 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Gorgeous stencil and perfect that it worked perfect on these gorgeous gorgeous pages! I love every single bit, and the sentiment is spot on! Congrats on helping Jessica!!!! I LOVE that!

  12. Annette G on December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    wow that is an awesome stencil Marjie and love how you’ve used it. Hugs Annette x

  13. Redanne on December 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Loving those new stencils and how amazing that they fit so well, must be a bit of ESP going on there….. Oh how I love your blues too, so perfect for those amazing raindrops. Both pages are wonderful! Hugs, Anne x

  14. Marja on December 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Love these sentiments and the journal pages very much. Wonderful your colors and your stencils. They are so fantastic Marjie. The background is marvelous and so much to see.
    lovely greet and nice weekend

  15. Judy Shea on December 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Oh, how perfect it all came out for you.. and US! Yum Yum!

  16. Alison on December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Fantastic page, love those new stencil images Marjie! x

  17. Valerie-Jael on December 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Beautiful journal spread! HUgs, Valerie

  18. Corrine on December 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Ooh, love this page and the new stencil….Have to add it to Santa’s list last minute. I can see you dancing in the rain! xox

  19. Renee Zarate on December 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Ohhh, love the colors! I also love Jessica’s new stencils.

  20. Fabienne on December 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Realy beautifull! I love it !

  21. Julie Case on December 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Marjie, I love it! You’ve done an amazing job with all those layers. So many details to look at. Thanks for the inspiration to get inky again!

  22. Cathy on December 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I love the LIFE and MOTION on these pages!

  23. Terry on December 14, 2012 at 6:30 am

    That is an awesome quote! So much interest and detail on these pages, Marjie! Love it all! Back from Portland talking about rain! I like snow better than rain!

  24. Kim on December 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Now this makes me want to get inky with my journal! Oh how I miss my crafting time…now that there’s “run a store” time! LOL! Beautiful page, love all of the details and the quote is perfect!