Abstract Art Design


July’s Soap Challenge Club theme was “Abstract Art Design”. This is an interesting attempt to represent abstract designs with soap.
You can make the base soap freely, and then paint the soap with traces out thickly on it, like oil or acrylic paints, to make an abstract painting. It’s very interesting. This is a technique that can be used to help with not-so-cool soaps.

早速、作ったもの。What I made.

The result is a cool, dry landscape look (Japanese traditional zen garden).


For this challenge, there was a category for challenges with natural colorants and fragrances, so I chose that one.
Red-pink is Himalayan rhubarb infused oil, purple is purple root infused oil, and blue is Seitai (Also Indigo / I bought it from JDSA, this month’s sponsor, via Rie-sensei at muget. It’s not currently available in the online store, but they are considering it in the future!).


ヒマラヤンルバーブ Himalayan rhubarb

ヒマラヤンルバーブは今回のチャレンジのチュートリアルで紹介のあった LOVERY GREENS さんが紹介してくれたこちらの記事を参考に、1ヶ月漬け込む時間がなかったので煮出して1晩で使っちゃいました。でもきれいな色が出て満足!

The Himalayan rhubarb was introduced by LOVERY GREENS in the tutorial of this challenge, and I referred to this article.
I didn’t have time to soak it for a month, so I boiled it and used it overnight, so I was satisfied with the beautiful color!

I bought the Himalayan Rhubarb from the UK with the introduction in the above article. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to arrive and thought I would use it if it arrived in time, but I was lucky to receive it very quickly.

In Japan, Da Huang (a crude drug) and rhubarb, which is used in salads, are famous, but they are slightly different types. The stalks of rhubarb used in salads are a beautiful red color, but when the stalks are used in soap, they turn brown. If you use the roots in soap, the infused oil will turn yellow, but if you use the roots in soap, it will turn a beautiful magenta. It’s complicated but interesting.

紫根 Lithospermi Radix; Lithospermum root; Purple root
Familiar in Japan, it is a root that smells like burdock that turns a beautiful dark purple when added to soap. Like Himalayan rhubarb, it is soaked in oil for about a month and used as infused oil. When it is soaked in oil, it is a delicious raspberry color. When combined with lye, it turns a cool bluish purple.

青黛 Seitai also indigo?
It’s Chinese medicine. It’s very blue. According to Nina’s information, Seitai is made from the indigo flowers (the bubbles in the supernatant) when precipitated indigo is made. It is a Chinese herb, but its sale as food in Japan is currently suspended due to “suspicion” of health hazards. As a colorant, there are no specific regulations.
It is sold by JDSA, but since they don’t have it in their online store at the moment, I bought it from Rie, a muget teacher who carries it in her classroom.

Seitai is a natural herbal powder, but it seems that some people said, “This is not natural,” because it produces a beautiful blue color so easily. However, it is reported here that I got the proof that it is a natural herbal powder. The regulation as a food in Japan is also due to the health hazard caused by the voluntary use of foods in the clinical stage, so it is not that Seitai is really bad. If you are a natural person, please use it with confidence.

白色 white color
ココナッツオイル100% / ディスカウント20%のレシピを使用し、生地自体を白色にして天然の色を際立たせました。また、この生地を白色絵の具としても使用しました。
I used a 100% coconut oil / 20% discount recipe and made the batter itself white to highlight the natural color. I also used the batter as white paint.

Each batter, color before adding lye solution.

Just after I put it in. The gradation is beautiful. You can see how it changes. Seitai will never change.

After adding lye solution and stirred.

This batter is applied to a white soap with no particular characteristics. I will share the process later on Youtube.


It became quite vivid like this. I discovered that mixing purple root and Seitai batter makes a beautiful blue color.
The gold leaf is from Kanazawa, Japan, and is edible gold leaf.

一応写真。Just a photo.

This is the same batter, entered in the bonus category.
I wanted to try to make something pop with an abstract painting. I couldn’t make it very pretty, but I like the red and gold leaf because it gives it an Asian feel. This one is a soap base with Seitai and bamboo charcoal patterns.

今回のチャレンジは、石けんでの抽象画の作り方のテクニックを学んだのももちろんなんですが、それよりも自然の色出しをすごく学んだ1ヶ月でした。特にLOVE GREENSさんのブログはとても読み応えがあり勉強になりました。
This challenge was a month in which I learned a lot about how to make abstract paintings with soap, of course, but more importantly, I learned a lot about natural coloring. I especially enjoyed reading and learning from Love Greens’ blog.
I would like to continue to use some abstract designs in the future, as they are interesting and not difficult to redo many times.

いつものことながら、楽しいテクニックを惜しみなく教えてくれるSoap Challenge Clubのみなさん、支えて下さるスポンサーの皆さんには感謝してもしきれません。
As always, a big thank you to the Soap Challenge Club for generously sharing their fun techniques with us, and to the sponsors for their support.



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