Henna Trails

Purely natural henna in Chico, California est.2009


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Can you feel the shift?

It’s that time when the shift happens and the gloriously hot summer fades away into cool mornings. Maybe it is all the smoke in the air making me think people have lighted their woodstoves already, or the fact my children’s school year is in full swing, or maybe it is the slow down in henna at the market. Whatever it is, all is not lost, for I spend year round coming up with artsy schemes which I try to bring to life in the fall and winter months. I spent yesterday tub dying with 4 colors from the Pantone Fall 2012 color report. From Pantone: Fall 2012 is The Magic of Color. I could use a little daily magic and imagine you could also.

I really like these colors and have some inks in great contrasting tones also from the color palette. I know eventually I will be using colors of my particular choice, but have realized through the years that appealing to many people is not necessarily a bad thing.  If people are looking to add some Olympian Blue to their wardrobe, I’m ready.

I’m hoping to finish one silkscreen today, however last week I burned and then wiped clean one silkscreen 4 times! Every time I found something wrong with it, I cleaned the emulsion off and started completely over. I spent 2 days being completely disgusted with myself, no worries, it’s how I grow. Let’s hope today goes better, I make myself happy and have a nice clear and precise screen to work with, because I really want to play with my new inks!

In other fall news in my henna world, you can now schedule a private appointment in a lovely massage studio, namely “New Beginnings Massage Therapy” in Chico, California. Simply scroll to the top of this page and click the “Schedule Now” button and scroll down until you see my services and book your appointment. Henna is the perfect accessory, ask the millions of women worldwide who love their hennaaaa.


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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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Silken Feather Henna Choker


Silken Feather Henna Choker

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Ah feathers, so very pretty on birds and people. Birds fascinate me, their abilities, nest building skills and naturally the pretty, pretty feathers. I have been adding feathers to my henna designs this past season and love the way you can get sweeping movement with your henna cone in your motifs.

I designed this raw silk choker with a feather motif for my Etsy shop. This choker is sooo comfortable, I forget I am wearing mine! I am working on some raw silk collars, which will be taller. I need to have something around my neck in the winter, sometimes I get tired of fighting off my scarf ends while working. Yes, a scarf end has been dragged through one of my henna projects before.

Thank you for stopping by, I am heading back to my art space to create new collars and chokers for my Etsy shop.
Have a look:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65789801/silk-feather-choker


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January Bridal Henna Stain


12/2010 Henna Stain3

Originally uploaded by Henna Trails

It sure is quiet in the mehndi body art corner of my small rural world. It is cold outside! So I practice on myself to stay limber of hand and mind. I spend a fair amount of time looking at fellow henna artisan’s work on photo/social media sites and am always impressed with a finely detailed Indian Bridal Mehndi design. I typically only have the opportunity to do this level of mehndi artistry on myself, as my clients usually prefer smaller, more flowing, open designs. This particular design is in the Indo Arabic Mehndi style, a fusion of the elegant sweeps of arabic motifs, often inspired by plants and flowers, with intricate detials inspired by traditional Indian Mehndi. Goodness, I love henna.


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Not much of a writer…

Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

but I am getting into the hang of it. I opened a shop on etsy with all my henna art projects there. It was a real learning experience for me, photographs must be very nicely done, text descriptions just so…it is open now

http://www.etsy.com/shop/HennaTrails

Really, it has been a life long dream to have a shop of my own stylings. I have brought my personal earthy toned touches to my pictures. I liked that. I really like photo editors such as piknik, without whom my photos would fall flat.

I know the world of etsy is huge and full of exceptionally talented artisans. Knowing this should keep me on my toes. Slow and steady has been my way, it will be my etsy way as well.

I am thankful for my family, rain, landscape around me, my hands and creativity.

namaste


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Eid Henna

This morning I did some henna designs in honor of Eid for a friend on the veranda. She had just come back from the farmer’s market and gave me a delicious heirloom tomato. She typically lets me design her henna whichever way I feel, which is pretty nice for the artist. I decided to design her henna based on some recent photos from the Gulf region of our world. These designs to me, are particularly elegant and flowing. They make great use of open space, and appear as whisps across the hands. I would love to explore Gulf designs more often. Henna paste contains, Monsoon Henna powder, Jamila Henna powder, lemon juice, cajeput oil, lavendar oil, and frankincense oil.

namaste

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