Days come and go and the Christmas countdown has begun. Though it lacks the religious depth which it has in many western countries (Japan is traditionally not a Christian country), Christmas here is a big event, preceded by a lot of shopping, fun events, and light-ups. Many of the main streets in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ginza, as well as a great number of office buildings are adorned with Christmas lights in cool blue, white, red, orange and even pink. Tokyo is an exciting city regardless of the season but at Christmas it has that special atmosphere which makes it look beautiful and even graceful. At this time of the year, the city is best enjoyed at night.
As much as I love Christmas, I have not made any soap colored in red and green yet. I guess I will leave any such projects for 2015. Instead, I have made a series of pink-colored soaps, using only natural materials for some and micas for others.
The first picture is of a soap made with clays and cocoa powder. One of my friends loves this combination and I regularly make soaps in this combi for her.
The soap below is colored with five different micas and the only thing I wish I had done differently is the amount of the golden-yellow – next time I will have more of it in the middle of the soap.
And here is a soap, which I made with purple and yellow Brazilian clays sold by Brambleberry, in combination with cocoa powder.
I used high concentration of color and the pattern looks quite dark. It actually makes me think of a stormy late summer day in the mountains of my home country. I used to go hiking there a lot and images of those days influence some of the soaps I make.
Take care and enjoy the pre-holiday season!