mother's day soaps
by Allison Tudor, OSCI
MOTHER’S DAY SOAPS
Dial Pure & Natural Soaps
*Available at most drug and grocery stores
Folk Art Acrylic
#901 Wicker White
#736 School Bus Yellow
#448 Green Forest
#443 Night Sky
#945 Maple Syrup
#688 Light Fuchsia
#676 Inca Gold (for accents)
#658 Antique Gold
FolkArt Artists’ Pigments
#463 Dioxazine Purple
#917 Yellow Ochre
#461 Hauser Green Dark
FolkArt One Stroke Brushes
#2, 6, 8, &10 Flat
Floating Medium #868
Matte Sealer #773
Using alcohol and a paper towel, wipe down the soap (on smooth side) and let cure overnight. Spray with two light coats of Matte Sealer and let cure overnight. Now you are ready to paint!
Transfer patterns to soaps if needed.
(Refer to worksheets as needed)
1.) Full Rose Design
Double load a #8 (or #10 flat depending on your comfort level) with Wicker White and Light Fuchsia. Do your outer skirt of petals and paint the rosebud where you feel appropriate. Reload your brush by re-loading the paint so you have nice clean, defined strokes. Do your inner skirt of petals next. Then restroke your brush on the palette to get a nice chisel edge, and do your inside comma strokes. (Strokes shown on worksheet).
One Stroke Leaves
Load the same size brush with Thicket and Sunflower. Be sure to work the paint in well so it is soft and muted looking. (Use just a touch of Floating Medium to help accomplish this). Paint your One Stroke Leaves in clusters, using the Push, turn and lift motion, always keeping them odd in number.
Accents on All Soaps
Add accents in sets of three using the stylus. I used Metallic Inca Gold and Metallic Antique Gold. Some designs only have one set of three accents, while others have more. It is entirely up to you !!
Double load a #8, (or #10 flat depending on your comfort level) with Wicker White and Light Fuchsia. Lay out a trio of rosebuds on the soap (see pattern if needed). Use the stylus to add three tiny dots in each rosebud center for accent/depth.
Load a # 8 flat with Hauser Green Dark & Sunflower. Be sure to work the paint in well so it is not harsh looking, but soft when you do a practice stroke. (Use just a touch of Floating Medium to help accomplish this). Paint three large leaves to begin. ( You will layer your flowers on top of the leaves).
Load your #6 filbert with Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White. Stroke your petals in, keeping them random in formation/number. Odd number is best as it is most pleasing to the eye. Dot the centers of your flowers with wicker white.
4. Pansy Soap
Load a # 8 flat with Hauser Green Dark & Sunflower. Be sure to work the paint in well so it is not harsh looking, but soft when you do a practice stroke. (Use just a touch of floating medium to help accomplish this). Paint three large leaves to begin. ( You will layer your flowers on top of the leaves).
Load your #8 flat with Night Sky and Wicker White. Start with the top petal, then do the sides, and then finish with large bottom petal. Build this using shell strokes. (Refer to worksheet as needed). Load your #6 with Green Forest and School Bus Yellow. Touch, lean and stroke away in very small strokes for the center accents. Do three of these, and then dot underneath using the end of your brush as shown.
5. Tulip Design
Load your #8 flat with Magenta and Wicker White. Do the back petal first using a wiggle motion up and down (shown on worksheet). This flower you will build from back to front. Do the left petal second, and then do the last (downward) petal. Load your #6 with Hauser Green Dark and Sunflower. Touch, lean and pull down your stroke to create the flower stem. (You will have to touch lean and pull down a few times to give the flower a good base but make sure your stem is too fat as you stroke down.)
Add accents using the script liner, stylus and Metallic Amethyst. Do squiggle lines with the liner and add the dots using the stylus.
6. Violets Design
Load a # 8 flat with Hauser Green Dark & Sunflower. Be sure to work the paint in well so it is not harsh looking, but soft when you do a practice stroke. (Use just a touch of floating medium to help accomplish this). ( You will layer your flowers on top of the leaf). Also, at the base of your leaf, touch and lean up while stroking to make the stems for your flowers. Keep stems light and wispy looking.
Load your #2 flat with Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White. Start forming your violets using a push, turn, stand motion. (See worksheet if necessary). Do three full violets on stems, and two partial flowers. At the base of your stems where they meet the leaf add a few more violets to fill in. I like to do one dark, and then flip the brush and do a lighter one on top.
7. Sunflower Design
Load your scruffy half in Licorice and Maple Syrup. Pounce your center of your sunflower in a C motion, creating a donut look. Immediately load your #8 flat with School Bus Yellow and Yellow Ochre and start pulling your petals from the center out. (Petals are formed using One Stroke Leaf technique/ Push, turn and lift). You want to do this when the center is still wet, so your sunflower petals have a streaky look to them, but don’t go into the center too far or your petals will be black. Re-pounce your center to give it a more polished and together look. Be sure to keep that “donut “ appearance. Let this dry. Next get your script liner, with inky Licorice and start outlining your petals. Do not be too rigid in this, the looser you do this, the funkier your sunflower!!!
Then get your stylus and dip into Wicker White placing accent dots around the petal rim, and also as a highlight for the center donut. Next, take your cleaned stylus and dip into School Bus Yellow and place more accent dots around petal rim, and also as a highlight for the center donut. Use these accents sparingly, it is easier to add more, but you cannot take them away!
Let your soaps dry overnight. Spray lightly with two coats of Matte Sealer and let dry. Then I spray 4-6 light coats of Clear Lacquer to encourage long life !!! I package these in 6x6 shrink wrap bags and tie with a pretty bow. They are displayed in a large basket for craft shows, and are sold in gift buckets as well.
Allison Tudor calls the “Buckeye State” home, residing in Columbus, Ohio. She has a busy life with her husband, four children and various pets.
Allison decided that she wanted to learn something just for her. She had never taken art lessons, or had creative aspirations, but she discovered One Stroke Painting via QVC in Feb. of 2001, and was hooked!! It has been a fantastic voyage! In October 2002, she attended the One Stroke Certification program for instructors with Donna Dewberry. In December 2002 the "voyage" continued, as she began teaching at Michaels Arts & Crafts.
Allison does multiple craft shows throughout the year, and also teaches privately in her home studio. She is currently working on several different design ideas and is working on getting them published.
Allison M. Tudor O.S.C.I.
728 S. Broadleigh Rd.
Columbus, OH 43209