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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Saturday reflections

Today I will go downtown to the Saturday Farmer’s Market to stock the kitchen for the week. There is always lots of beautiful produce and food goods to be had. Familiar friendly faces all around, nice vibes.

I spent some time yesterday getting my Etsy shop ready for an opening. I am excited and driven. *grin* I like my shop title…”personal effects in a mehndi style” sums it up pretty much. I plan to henna anything I can get my mitts on, and send them out into the world, adding grace to the everyday. I have some silk and wool/silk blend scarves coming in next week and will pick up some rice paper to embellish some glass votives today. I spent some time last night using fabric paint on shirts for a long ago friend and her daughter. It turned out nice, and I will certainly consider using fabric paint as well as pure henna paste in upcoming projects.

There is certainly a change in the air, and I am feeling nature’s signal of Fall. It has been a mild summer, not once did we use the Air conditioner. My Chico clients have been plenty through the Thursday Night Market, of which I am exceedingly grateful. 3 more markets to go and the season closes, only to open back up in April. Perfect respite.

It rained this week and it was wonderful.

Tuesday Henna ritual with Henna Trails

henna for the artist, by the artist

Nearly every Tuesday I apply henna to myself in preparation for the Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, Cal. Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do.  Other times I am scratching my head, which is overflowing from the days views of maybe, oh…tons of mehndi photos. I totally understand my clients when they say they just can’t decide, it is the same for me. Last night I  chose what I think is a Yemeni design from Olga Rashida, a henna artist and Anthropologist from Berlin, Germany. I couldn’t really put my finger on what I liked about it…it is delicate and fine with nice flow across the hands. My turned out quite different from the Yemeni, but that is how it should be with henna. Different artists have certain little details that make it their own work. Rarely are any 2 mehndi the same, unless done so purposely…which is possible. I am happy with how it turned out and I am waiting for the color to develop fully.  Maybe I will henna my right hand tonight.