rain journal page and cork stamps

rain journal page
rain, journal page

Conscious Sedation

sweet is the rain that lulls me to sleep.
As each drop falls,
the day slowly recedes,
tucking itself in for the night,
like the cat who's crawled
beneath the covers,
curled up,

- Juana Almaguer

I grew up in the dry, hot central valley of California. I enjoyed those long, hot summers and remember the honey-colored foothills.

Almost a year ago, we moved here to the Pacific northwest where it rains quite often. When we decided to move here, my husband was worried I'd grow tired of the lack of summer, but this first year has been good. Much to my surprise, I have enjoyed the rain.

Hiking here in the forest is calming, but when you add the rain, everything enters a different dimension. The forest awakens; the colors become deeper, and the woods take on an earthier scent. I've grown to love the rainy days and falling asleep to their rhythmic sound.

Journal Page Process

cork stamp and journal page wip

This journal page started out with a norwegian sheet of music. The words visible below the arrow are "old tidens bileder van gaar" which google translated as "old images shared." I adhered a photo of me at the top followed by dripping acrylic paints, gesso, then layers of monoprinted tissue paper. I added stamped rain drops, bits of collected papers, a line drawing and my handwritten poem.

Cork Stamps

I got this idea to start saving the corks to make some stamps on the cheap. I didn't have any carving tools and just used my box cutter (which didn't make it easy or exact), but I got it done and without nicking myself. I'm hooked and will get some stamp making supplies this week. Emily has a nice tutorial on her blog here.


  1. Loving the stamps! I love how they're not particularly exact! Gives them each such personality! The drops are excellent! :)

  2. Beautiful page, the stamps are great, too! Love the whole feeling of your post!

  3. Rain journal page is beautiful and love the cork stamps ~

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  4. hello,
    i enjoyed your poem
    the feeling and sound of rain and sleep, the curled up kitty. such a wonderful page and stamps too. so glad you are enjoying your new home with it's weather.

  5. you are quite the poet too! Lovely journal page and stamps!

  6. What a wonderful journal page! Love the photos of its progress!

  7. Beautiful art work - lovely sentiments about the northwest rain. I love your cork stamps, I might have to give that a try.

  8. This page is absolutely gorgeous. I love everything on it. Es muy calida.
    Love it!

  9. I love your page, and your STAMPS!! What fun! I have plans to try my hand at more of that kind of thing soon. Just have to find TIME!

  10. oh my goodnes! I absolutely adore the stamps made out of corks! I will have to gather some of those now - lovely page!

  11. VERY beautiful journal pages, Juana! LOVE those stamps! I was having a go at such stamps around Christmas, but mind did not turn out as lovely as yours. I need practice. :o) Happy Week ((HUGS)) P.S. I'm hosting a Valentine Giveaway this week... stop by for the fun, if you get a chance.

  12. Thank you for your sweet comments everyone.

    Rachel, time seems to never be enough for me too:)

  13. love those stamps and the pages are lovely ... the photo in the page of the forest looks pretty magical... even I might be tempted to go hiking in there...xx

  14. Love the stamps and the whole new look to the music page!


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