Henna Trails

Purely natural henna in Chico, California est.2009


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Painted pebbles, miniatures in nature

I have spent the past few weeks working in tiny, tiny detail on creek pebbles. Not just any pebbles. Wonderfully slim, wafer thin pebbles collected casually over the years from a creek bank. I would fill my pockets when visiting that creek simply because those pebbles allured me with their own sort of natural perfection. I hadn’t any real intentions for them, but I did like creating tiny rock stacks on my woodstove for interest. I observed my family fiddling with them, moving the flat stones from hand to hand, stacking them, discovering their absolute allure of tactile perfection. Yes, all from a small pile of stones, pebbles, skipping rocks.

I have been admiring the art work of other artists on etsy also drawn to painting pebbles. Some of the artists will paint delicate designs as I have done, some may crochet around their perfect stones for a tactile experience, and some will drill holes in them for you to wear.  I started to notice how the ancient treated stones, carving symbols and even information onto their surface. I also remembered someone in my family receiving an official Pet Rock  for Christmas, complete with care instuctions. Funny, so much fuss over a naturally occurring solid aggregate of minerals. Nature is most inspiring!

Look closer and stop in to visit my esty shop.

Chevron painted pebbles.

 

Geometric painted pebbles

 

Vining lotus painted pebbles

 

Ikat painted pebbles

 

Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog, next time I will showcase yet another addition to my folk art etsy shop.


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Ombre henna hands

I am often thrilled with idea of henna designs focusing on your fingers. Visualize your striking allure as your henna fingers fly with tasks of even the everyday sort. This past summer I have been drawn to the revival of ombre thanks to pinterest and my favorite sweater in 5th grade. Ombre refers to the French term ombre referring to shade, hence the single color shade gradation seen on fabric and more lately. Here is a lovely pinboard of ombre in various mediums. Eventually while researching ombre dye techniques and trying my hand with fabrics, I decided to explore ombre henna. Admittedly, it is not for everyone…it is a somewhat shocking look. My ombre fingers were met with mixed emotions. I enjoyed them, they took a fair amount of time and complete mindfulness as I timed each layer of henna carefully.

A pinterest inspired idea certainly called for a tinted mason, or kerr canning jar. Too much! But I love it anyway, kindly please keep pinning or curating all the amazing and awesome aspects of life here on our earth and beyond.


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floral henna palm 2012

floral henna palm 2012 by Henna Trails
floral henna palm 2012, a photo by Henna Trails on Flickr.

I have become completely enamored by henna palms lately. I love the idea that the palms are rather personal. not everyone sees yourpalms, unless you like them to. Ah, excepting money, item transactions, the palms are usually out there at those times. So goes my theory…

Well, it is winter and the tops of my hands spend nearly all day covered in olive oil. Olive oil is good for henna stains, less so for henna paste.

This design was inspired by a video from Ash Kumar that I have been studying. I am drawn to his design work because it has so much movement. My clients tend to prefer the more Arabic styled mehndi, I have never had the opportunity to do traditional Indian bridal mehndi, so I go with what my current clientele likes…open flowing designs, also my personal favorite style. I wear henna for no other reason than as a natural beautification style.

My henna paste is made with 100% organic Rajasthani henna powder, tea, cajeput essential oil and sugars. I love the fact that henna is from a plant and has been used for thousands of years. Thousands. Love henna.


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february birthday henna


february birthday henna

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It is unseasonably warm around here, today it is 73 degrees Fahrenheit! I’m not one to complain of warmer weather. Last night was nice out, so I rode my bicycle to a birthday party henna gig for some nice young ladies. Henna and glitter for the evening.
Party packages for the Chico area, reasonable, unique, and handpainted.


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Wool and silk blend henna scarf explorations

I have been reluctant to put this particular piece in my shop. Why? Who knows. The sun was shining yesterday, so I went out back with my 15 year old son to catch some photos in good light. I like his eye, he knows to move around the subject and try different angles. My sons have taken some of my best photos so far!

I have more scarves in the works, I soaked one habotai silk scarf in a henna bath and will henna some mehndi motif designs over it. It came out a beautiful soft peach tone. I am thrilled to have thought of this, as it adds dimension to the usual white/off white of the scarves I have in stock. The henna paste I mixed yesterday contains lemon juice, rather than tea, which I have been using lately for my henna crafting. I am interested to see if there is a slight color difference. In a few days, I should have my results, as I like to keep the henna paste on for at least 1 day or more.

Until next time,
henna dreams and crafty inspirations to us all
Kristy

The henna plant leaf contains a reddish dye molecule which adheres very well to many things of an organic nature. Such as skin, silk, drum heads, and papers. I have hand painted this scarf with a henna cone containing my henna paste mixed especially for fiber arts. My paste contains a red herbal tea, chai tea, and jamila henna powder. The paste is left intact for numerous days then heat set. The paste is rubbed off to reveal a lovely saffron, golden hued design stain. The design is then heat set again.
I love the feel of this scarf, the wool and silk is marvelous. I have yet to see how they would react to some hot water felting baths.
Info from the artist:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66579747/light-silk-wool-blend-henna-floral


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Asha Savla mehndi stain 2011


Asha Savla stain 2011

Originally uploaded by Henna Trails

This is classical Indo-Arabic styled henna designed by Asha Savla. She is a world renowned henna designer based in Mumbai, India. She is one of my personal favorites, I often work on myself from her books. I am nearly satisfied with my line quality work, it could be better. That will come with time and practice. I am clearly obsessed with mehndi, so that is no problem. I haven’t been bored in I don’t know how long.

I did my left hand one night, left my paste on overnight with a few lemon sugar sealants. It took awhile to rub it off the next morning, but I would never just wash it off with water. Too much detailed work in mehndi to not follow the aftercare rituals for dark stains.
The next morning I did my right hand, I always start with my palms first. Because I was using my non dominate hand, it took much longer than my left hand did. I think it is a good brain and muscle control exercise. Also, I really don’t like having heavy mehndi only on one hand. Really. Light sangeet style on one hand does not bother me. I am trying to practice more complex designs, so that I may aquire some bridal clients this year.
I am really enjoying this particular mehndi, I also did the tops, but the palms always come out with pomegranate and deep cherry tones.

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