If you wonder what Tall Skinny Shimmy is, it is the wall pour technique which became the theme of this month’s Soap Challenge Club. Amy Warden and Tatsiana Serko introduced the technique to the club members and thanks to them, there will be another series of unique and beautiful soaps created by the members of the Challenge Club.
Though the wall pour is an amazingly simple technique, there are countless designs which you can create by using it. Depending on the color scheme, the angle and number of individual color pourings, the level of trace, etc. one can create patterns reminiscent of waves, dunes, gently rolling hills, flower petals, snow-covered meadows, fancy Christmas trees, and this is to name just a few. With so many options to choose from, it took me over ten days to decide on the design of my soap. And guess what? I could not stop at just one soap. I made four different soaps but two of them are still two soft to cut. This technique has made me a happy “Tall-Skinny-Shimmy pour” addict.
My entry for this month’s Challenge.
My fascination with contour/pencil lines in soap started soon after I began making soap and for almost ten years now I have been looking for ways to incorporate lines in most of the soaps I make. This month again, I debated whether to go for a gradual change in color from the bottom to the top of the soap or to incorporate lines for some more interest. I solved the problem by finding inspiration in cake decoration. I enjoy looking at cakes better than eating them and have assembled a photo collection on Pinterest on the sole purpose of enjoying the beautiful visual appearance of those pieces of art 🙂
I am happy to say that this is indeed an upgrade in my wall-pouring skills. Three years ago, I made a wall-pour soap in white, green and red but the color contrast was not strong enough to bring out the pattern. Since then, and thanks to a large part to Amy’s Challenges, I have become more confident of using strong solid colors. For this challenge, I used Rustic Essentuals’ Buttercup Yellow mica, Blackstar Red mica and Icicle mica. The soap is scented with Lemon Slices FO, which I found at Rustic Essentuals and which never accelerated trace or discolored the soap.
I used mica-in-oil swirl for the top but forgot to take pictures of it. Taking the pics at 6 in the morning sure helps you forget a thing or two (sigh & smile).
Thank you both Tatsiana and Amy for the wonderful theme!