A picture I saw on Instagram made me want to do a certain design. Unfortunately I did not bookmark it or anything and now can’t quote, sorry for that!
Those things mostly just “roll around” in my head, occupy my thoughts, I turn them and look at them from every angle and then sometimes out comes my own interpretation:
Maybe this is a good time to talk about copying and stuff.
I found that it does not work for me to copy something one on one. I can’t do it, meaning the result is never like the one I am aspiring to and also it leaves me empty. To copy is some sort of admiration, flattery maybe, but in the end it is stale and meaningless.
But what we do is give inspiration to one another.
Looking at someones work you think: this is really great! Look at the colors, the design, the texture!
How can I use that idea in my own style. What would my result be?
And sometimes, or maybe most of the time, something completely different emerges, something that has to do with you, with how you think, what you are.
And sometimes you look at something and you are just speechless, in awe. And you know not in a million years you could do something like that.
And that is also ok. You are happy for the other person who did such a great thing.
And you know yours is not less, your place is where you are right now and all is well.
So that idea rolled around in my mind, slowly taking shape. Then I set to it in my own style: not completely thought through, a bit too lazy to think about every aspect, doing things and repairing errors on the fly.
But for that … I must say, I am very happy with the outcome.
First the insert in a tall and skinny.
Then the step that I feared very much: cutting the inlay with the trees to size.
The straight line and me we have never met. It completely avoids entering my life. If someone pointed a gun to my head I would not be able to do a straight line.
But well, they are probably overrated (ha!)
There is no straight line in nature (I try to console myself)
So after the cutting came the calculation of how much batter would I need. The process was highly scientific, meaning I thought: how much coco do I have, with my usual percentage that is the amount of batter I can do.
So of course for the second loaf I had VERY much too little. Was really angry at myself …
But actually its now the soap I like better 🙂
A long time of scraping out every container resulted in some sort of coverage. And I do like how it goes with the shape of the tree. And that strange outline around every tree, very funny!
Coco-Canola-Rice bran-Shea butter-Castor
Fragrance: a mix of Blue Angel Baby and Berries and Clove (GF)