I entered a soap making challenge this month. Amy Warden from Great Cakes Soapworks challenged us to make soap inspired by Ebru Art. Ebru Art is an ancient art form where the artist paints on water. There are so many different techniques out there, so we had to pick one and try to make a soap based on our chosen method.
Here is the video of my entry. This is my third attempt. My first failed miserably. My second (which I will include pictures of below later) did not translate well in soap as it did in my head, lol. I don't know how my third will hold up against the other entrees, but I had a ton of fun doing it.
I wanted a high contrast of colors, so I chose purple, yellow, blue, green, black, and white. I used my trusted slow moving recipe of 4% Castor oil, 36% Coconut oil, and 60% Olive oil. This recipe allows me to have enough time to mix and swirl as many colors as I want.
After I finished adding the soap to the mold, I used the rest of the colors that were still in my mini mixing containers to splash a bit of color on top. This simulates the brush splattering motion that a lot of Ebru artists use.
What I learned from this experience: What you see in your mind does not always look good on "canvas". I also learned that watching too many videos can actually be a bad thing. I was so unsure of what technique I wanted to mimic. I watched so many Ebru videos that made me feel like I could become an Ebru artist with the right tools. I actually made some marbling combs to use for future batches (picture enclosed below).
Finished soap inside mold:
Marbling combs I made for future batches. You can find instructions on how I made these here: