How Do You Use Soapstone In Art?
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock with a high talc content, which makes it soft and soapy feeling. The soft physical characteristics make soapstone an ideal carving material, especially for beginners. The ease with which soapstone can be carved means you can work in this medium with simple tools. Soapstone is ideal material for a range of art projects that includes everything from miniature carvings to jewelry. Purchase a piece of soapstone with enough meat on it to accommodate your carving. Keep the carving around 6 inches in height, with a base around 6 inches wide. The soapstone you begin with should be a couple of inches longer each way, just to give you the room you need to carve. Sketch an idea for your carving on paper or use a photograph as a guide. This will help keep you focused as you carve away to get the rough shape and details. Carving blind can lead to mistakes you’ll have to do some extra carving to fix, which can take away from the initial dimensions of your carving. Use