How to Paint Flowers on Bars of Soap
These little inexpensive and plain bars of soap become great DIY hand made gifts. Take them for your hostess, give as a nice little thank you or keep them for yourself. They are so easy and fun. Now on to how to paint flowers on bars of soap.
Start with plain bars of soap. I prefer Ivory Original. I get a 10 pack at Wal-Mart for somewhere around $4.
I have heard you can find soaps at dollar stores. I prefer the Ivory as the scent does not make my throat itch while other scented ones do.
I paint on a sealing coat of Decoupage with my 3/4″ flat brush.
(the video shows me doing this step) I will have a link to the brushes I use the most in the supply list below.
I used the Martha Stewart Crafts, it was sent to me by Plaid Folk Art with a package of supplies to test out. It is glow in the dark, and let me tell you …it does glow.
I had to rush out to my studio the other night for something and for a moment I was a bit freaked out by these glowing rectangles on my painting table. My racing heart settled down once I remembered I had sealed a bunch of bar soaps with this glow in the dark decoupage.
Once the decoupage dries I paint on my designs. In my video I explain how I practice first on paper to see what I want to do.
I meant to do two pansies on this one but after getting the first one half way painted I realized the way I had placed it was not conducive to another. So I just added some buds and little daisies.
The sunflower I did first was a bit larger than the one I do in the video. Just adjust brush size to get a larger one, and make a larger center to begin with. Though the small one is pretty too.
The violets may be the easiest to paint. You can do these in many colors, it does not have to be purples.
The poppy one is fun, and though I did not include it in the video, I may come back and add just a video of the Poppy. (I have to redo it, the camera shut off halfway through the poppy and I did not realize it)
The last step was sealing it with the same decoupage as I began with.
Note: some shave off the ridges around the edges but I did not bother, it really does not detract from the design to me. I did have to wash off one bar as the design turned out really bad but I share how I fixed it in the video.
Now to the nitty gritty. The Supplies list.
I have included links here for your convenience but you can find most of these items at your local hobby store or on Donna Dewberry’s website. I used Multi Surface paints for this project but the regular Folk Art or other brands of paint will work just fine too as it will be sealed with a coat of Decoupage.
You can switch out colors as well, just go with what you have if you can.
Another great source for paint is ArtistsClub.com. Right now they are having a sale on DecoArt Americana craft paints at 99 cents each. I don’t know what shipping is but if you have a bunch of colors it could be worth an order. (I am not an affiliate, this is just a good deal for those that can’t get to a hobby store easily and I like good deals!)