Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I have been so surprised, and honored by the several awards that I have received......thank you for each and everyone one of them, they have all deeply touched my heart.
With that said, I am finding it so difficult to select blogs to send the award on to, as I feel there are so many that are deserving, and I can't pick just a few. So I have decided to be Award Free,
and I hope everyone understands.

Here They Are!

As promised, I did get my new soaps done today! I love to paint on just about any surface imaginable, but I really have a love for painting on soap. I take pride in all the steps that my soaps go through before I feel they are presentable for the buying public.

Through experimentation one day I decided to see if crackle medium would work on a soap surface. Sometimes crackle doesn't do well on all types of surfaces, so I was pleasantly surprised when these turned out as well as they did. Well with a crackle finish, and my love for primitives the sky was the limit. All of my soaps are sanded, then cleaned. The next step is sealing the bar for it to take paint well. Then I apply my first base coat, when dry, the crackle step is next. What is really important in working with soap is allowing for drying time between each step......this is really important for you to be able to turn out a nicely painted soap. If you don't allow for the drying time you find that your paint will creep, or pull off.

So now we go to the topcoat.......after the crackling process is finished, I am finally ready to paint my design of choice. Paint the design, and again let it dry completely. Many times I use a heater or blow dryer to speed up the process. Now it is time to seal the bar, so that the painting will remain if used. I seal my soaps AT LEAST three as you can see my soaps go through quite the process to be ready for sale.

I hope you enjoy the new designs that I have done today........and maybe you will take the leap and try your hand at painting soap! They are really fun, and make excellent small gifts for friends and family.

New Primitive Soaps

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What Have I Been Working On!

My Etsy Street Team is gearing up for our Spring/Easter Celebration that will be launching around March 1st, so I have been busy preparing spring pieces to enter. I will be posting more about our Celebration in a few days. I have to have four items......2 for Spring, and 2 for Easter, so the brushes are flying.

It seems the more deadlines I have to meet the more creative I become. You all know I love to paint on soap, so in the midst of bunnies, and Easter eggs, I just had to create some new primitive soaps. I have to give them the finishing touches and then I hope to be able to post them for you to see tomorrow. Add in a Spring Swap and I have projects all over the studio. My mind just goes in so many directions at once, so it is a little here, a little there, and then on to something else. Somehow, someway, I manage to get things done.....:)

So I hope you get a chance to stop back by in the next week or so........and in the meantime I am wishing you a very blessed week.