Back Into It

After a week away from my beloved vellum, pen and ink I’ve made a return, albeit a slightly stiff return, to drawing. My lovely subject for my reintroduction is my friend Kari, who is absolutely lovely inside and out.

A little background: Kari and I met when I first began working at Starbucks in Dallas, approximately 5 years ago. Over the years Kari has been a great friend and of the most supportive of my endeavors, actively supporting my art and Radiant Fettle, my new soap company. I am full of gratitude to have met her as she is such a wonderful person!

I think it fitting Kari is the inaugural face for my September 2014 29 Faces Challenge! It’s not too late to join in should you have an interest.

Kari is Cute
Kari is Cute
{Face 1}
Kari & Son
Kari & Son
{Faces 2 & 3}

Last night I made some Baby Powder Soap: I used the hot process method, which means the outcome is charmingly rustic looking and full of character. The soap smells exactly like baby powder: delicate and fresh. I will list this week’s hot process soaps in my Radiant Fettle Etsy shop this weekend, after tomorrow morning’s shopping hours.

Baby Powder Hot Process Soap Ingredients: Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Rice Bran Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide
Baby Powder
Hot Process Soap
Ingredients: Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Rice Bran Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide

Soaping

Frankincense & Myrrh Cold Process Soap Ingredients: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Distilled Water, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Unrefined Shea Butter, Fragrance
Frankincense & Myrrh
Cold Process Soap
Ingredients:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Distilled Water, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Unrefined Shea Butter, Fragrance
Lilac Hot Process Soap Ingredients: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Rice Bran Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Granulated Sugar
Lilac Hot Process Soap
Ingredients:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Rice Bran Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Granulated Sugar

Hopefully this afternoon I’ll get in some drawing and perhaps one batch of cold process. I’m thinking Apple & Cinnamon per my fellow’s recommendation.

Sold Pieces

Great news: I’ve sold two pieces in the past several days! I’m pretty stoked about it and I hope the new owners are as well!

Dusting

6 inches by 6 inches
Ink and Watercolor Paper
Sold to the lovely Yelena of Studio Elenus.

Part of the RoCo 6x6x2014 Exhibition which means the proceeds go to a wonderful cause: keeping the Rochester Contemporary going!

Perlman

Dear Ron Perlman.
Ink on Paper

Collected by the wonderful Jana via my Etsy shop!

In other news: I’m working away on soap labels for Radiant Fettle and developing some art for a project a friend and I are undertaking. It will be a lot of fun and I’ll be sure to post some progress pictures later on!

Soaping

I’ve recently started making cold process soaps. So far things are progressing quite smoothly and I have no complaints. I hope this luck continues as I’d like to begin selling my soaps in the not-too-far future.

Lavender & Honey Swirled SoapMade with Mitica Wild Lavender Honey.
Lavender & Honey Swirled Soap
Made with Mitica Wild Lavender Honey.
Wintergreen & Sea Clay Salt Bar
Wintergreen & Sea Clay Salt Bar
Clementine & Cocoa Butter Soap
Clementine & Cocoa Butter Soap