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The Teardrop Technique: Psychedelic Psuds

“NEVER give up! NEVER Surrender!” – Jacob Nesmith, Galaxy Quest I’ve found my motto for soap challenges issued by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks.  The Basics: The May challenge, Teardrop Technique, is designed to produce an elegant teardrop shape suspended in the center of the bar. This is achieved by using a slow trace formulation, removing about 25% of the raw soap for the teardrop shape (divided into individual cups of color), pouring 30% of the remaining batter into your mold as a base, then slowly and carefully pouring your colors – one on top of the other – down the center of the mold. After applying your center color, the soap is finished off by pouring equal portions of the base-colored soap equally and at the same rate along...

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Location Soap Challenge: I-70’s Point of Geological Interest (PoGI)

Been awhile since I’ve succumbed to the siren song of Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club. Sometimes I MUST STEP AWAY from the email notification – not because they aren’t intriguing (they are!) or because I don’t want to learn more (I do!), but because these challenges are like the crack cocaine* of soaping – once hooked, I end up dropping EVERYTHING to participate. Cooking? NO! Sleeping? NEGATORY! Bathing? …er…well I do shower (I make soap, for chrissakes.) {Sigh} April’s soap challenge theme is Location, requiring participants to enter a soap design that reflects something special about where they’re from or presently living. Amy, a Kansas native, appropriately chose a Wizard of Oz-themed soap as an example. Her reasoning is that once people hear she’s from...

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Picasso’s Breakfast

November 2015 Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge: Tall and Skinny Shimmy I won’t lie, I’m on the fence about this technique. It took FIVE tries before I was able to get something decent enough to enter. Why was this challenge so…challenging? The goal of the technique – which btw, looks quite intriguing when done correctly – is to have a thin, “shimmying” line of contrasting color run up the center of the soap. You can see an example of this on my entry soap to the L (“Picasso’s Breakfast”), starting at the bottom where the green color snakes between the yellow and white, then the white curls between the yellow and green, and the thin line of yellow passes between the white and green to the top....

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OCTOBER AROMA ART Soap Gift Box GIVEAWAY!

  So…are you feeling LUCKY today?!? Recently I ordered these GORGEOUS new gift boxes to house my luscious, Aroma Art Soap collections before heading into the holiday market season. These will be offered on my site and through my holiday markets in November/December. BUT – as a gift to my gracious soap-loving friends, I’m offering a chance to WIN a box this month! PRIZE FEATURES: I’ve included a variety so that you could sample items from my line that have very different qualities, from the uber artistic to the clean-lined practical, including: Goat Milk Bliss BADDASS QUEEN MAN-O-JANus, and Autumnal Arabesque (limited edition) Each of my products are all-natural, scented only with essential oils and colored with plant and/or mineral-based pigment. No synthetic scents,...

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Yee HAW, Love of soaping, and the 2015 Denver County Fair

I won my first EVER Blue Ribbon (First Place) for a product a few weeks ago in the Soaps and Lotions category at the 2015 Denver County Fair. Yee HAW! (as we Westerners say). 😉 OK – not to sound super horn-tooty or anything, but this win was significant for a couple reasons: I need to continually “put myself out there” when it comes to something I want to grow. It’s not always easy, but it’s necessary. We all – not just artists – have to stretch our comfort zone to stay engaged with life. Sometimes, (more often than you’d think, in my case), we need to develop a thicker skin re: not being understood. Such a BURDEN being ahead of the curve! There’s no guarantee that you’ll get...

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