Making soap using the Turkish art of Ebru – June Soap Challenge Club

It has been a couple months since I participated in Amy Warden’s soap challenge club.  This month when she announced the challenge was using Ebru designs in soap, I decided to join in the fun.  Ebru is actually painting on water and then transferring the design to paper.  I have made soap before using Ebru designs without knowing it was Ebru – a good example is the peacock swirl.

Our challenge was to find an inspiration and execute it in soap.  Many Ebru patterns employ a “rake” or other special tools to achieve the look, however, our instructions stated that we must draw the design free hand using a pick or chop stick.  I choose a picture from the website http://marbleart.us/CableCurl.htm.  I recommend visiting the site – he has so many different design – I would love to try more.

cable and curl ebru red

It took me a while to figure out how to do this on soap.  I watched a number of YouTube videos and finally decided how I would try to get this patter.

_DSC1997Colors ready – teal green, peacock blue, black oxide, cosmo martini, and titanium dioxide to go with the Ed Hardy for Men fragrance I choose.

first pass with the colors

first pass with the colors

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the colors are ready for the swirls

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in the process of drawing up and down lines fairly close together vertically and then horizontally.

 

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the next step was to draw lines to make squares

To finish I drew curls in each of the square.

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wet soap immediately after finishing.

 

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close up of the design

I tried a couple other designs but they will have to wait for another day and another post.  The deadline to submit our entries is tomorrow afternoon but I will be at the farmers market so my personal deadline is now.  This was so much fun and I am sure I will be re-visiting many of the Ebru sites – it is absolutely fascinating to watch those artist create their beautiful paper.

Thank you Amy!  Can’t wait to see what you have in store for July.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Making soap using the Turkish art of Ebru – June Soap Challenge Club

  1. I love your inspiration photo. The symmetrical design is famtastic and you replicated it really well. I am going to have a go at this next time I try a swirl. Great entry!

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