The Art of Branching Out

This month's focus has really been on self care (I wrote about self care earlier this month here and about work life balance here). Another facet of self care is finding a creative outlet. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to work creatively by making soap. Designing the recipes, choosing colors and scents, and settling on how I want the soap to look all feed my creative spirit! Every now and again I like to branch out to art forms that I'm not as comfortable with, and this month has been all about painting.

I first hosted a couple of Alcohol Ink Painting Classes at my shop. Even
with varying levels of artistic talent (little on my part!), our instructor Amanda Allen did a phenomenal job walking us through the process. She'll be leading another Alcohol Ink Painting Class at the shop on Friday, February 17 at 6:30 pm.

Alcohol Ink Painting at Emily's Handmade Soaps

Next, I did some canvas painting at one of the cutest espresso bars in the area (and we have some great ones to choose from!), B and R Espresso Bar. In this class, led by the shop owner and talented painter, Russhele, we got to choose an initial to paint ahead of time (I chose "D" for Davis, my last name). We then customized each painting with fun embellishments. I chose bubbles, because let's face it, soap is never far from my mind. 

There's something to be said about stepping out of our comfort zones and just letting the creative juices flow. Working with different painting techniques has definitely given me some great ideas that translate to soap making, but more importantly, I got to spend some leisure time away with friends.

I'm scheduling more and more events at my shop in Des Moines, WA (along with upcoming craft fairs and art shows that we'll be attending), so make sure to check out our Events page!

What's your favorite creative outlet? Let me know in the comments!

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