Sunday, November 25, 2012

Color inspiration + Swirly Swirls



Color inspiration comes in many forms. I see soap colors in the foods that I eat, the sky and ocean, plants and flowers, photographs, even fabrics. Sometimes the fragrance itself determines the colors I use. This time, my inspiration came from this colorful envelope:



My daughter received a birthday invitation in this bright and colourful envelope, and I knew I wanted to try making a soap that incorporated all of these cheery colors. Plus, I had a couple of micas that I hadn’t tested in CP yet, so I thought that now was as good a time as any…if the new colors went awry, they would probably blend in pretty well with the other colors. These are the colorants I used:



Here is the finished swirled soap in the mold:



I was surprised at how true the colors stayed, they actually ended up matching the colors on the envelope pretty closely, which rarely happens with my unpredictable CP soap colors!   

And now, for a lesson in completely awesome swirling…check out this youtube video from the talented Lori from A Life Deliberate Soap Co., her swirls are absolutely stunning! You can fast forward to about the 10:00 minute mark to see her technique:  




I adore her soaps, they are always so cheery and fun. And, seeing as how it’s my birthday tomorrow, I splurged and treated myself to these soaps from her shop =)



Aren't they so cute?! I have to say, her service was excellent; quick and with personal touches. She even included a couple of sample pieces, yay! I can’t wait to try her soaps! She has lots of fabulous soaps in her shop, which you can check out in her soap shop here: http://alifedeliberatesoapco.bigcartel.com/


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16 comments:

  1. The swirls in your soaps are so pretty, Cee Gee! I can't wait to see the cut bars. Inspiration is all around us. Have a happy birthday, and enjoy your gorgeous new soaps from Lori!

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  2. Wonderfully harmonizing colours. I can`t wait to see how the cut soap looks like.

    Lieben Gruß
    Birgit

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  3. Ooh, beautiful colors AND swirls! Thanks for sharing the video too! Happy birthday Cee, hope you have an amazing day!!

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  4. Happy birthday,dear Cee & have a nice day tomorrow!
    Yes,you're right,the colours completely match the envelope, I'm sure it will be wonderful soap after you cut it!

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  5. Happy Birthday Cee!
    I´m waiting for pictures of the soap when it´s cut. The colors are very intensive and warm.

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  6. Happy birthday Cee, I whish you all the best! The colors of the soap perfectly match with the envelope, you did a grate job!

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  7. Happy birthday, dear Cee!I wish you a lot of happiness, to be healthy and be surrounded by nice people. Mine was yesterday :), I didn't know we were both same sign, Saggitarius! :)
    Your soap is gorgeous, with so many lovely colours! Can't wait to see it cut!

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    1. And a belated happy birthday to you Natalia~! :D

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  8. Happy birthday Cee!!!! I wish you a wonderful day, enjoy it with your family.
    The soap is great, i want to make a swirl with lots of colors soon.... yours is very inspiring.
    Angela

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  9. Thank you everyone for the kind comments about my swirly soap and the wonderful birthday wishes! (((hugs)))

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  10. You have a patience of a saint! Six color swirl is not for me... :)
    And happy birthday with one day delay. I love Lori's soaps too! She always has the most unbelievable design ideas!

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  11. I didn't realize it was so many colors at the time, a 6-color swirl does sound like a lot of work...lol! =)

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  12. Happy belated birthday! Your soap looks absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to see the final results. I'm going to have to take a tip from you and try and pay more attention to the different colours out there to get inspired.

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    1. Thanks Monica, it really does help to think outside the box for colors! With my snowman soap, for example, those color inspirations came from a beautifully coordinated treat table I saw =)

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  13. Happy Birthday Cee!
    Love the swirls and can't wait to see pictures of how it looks when it's finally cut :)

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes Roxana! :D

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