Purely natural henna paste

Ingredients in Henna Trails' henne paste, mixed fresh and in house.
Ingredients in Henna Trails’ henna paste, mixed fresh and in house.

1. body art quality henna powder

2.aromatherapy grade essential oils; cajeput, cardamom, cedar and lavender oil

3.warm tamarind and hibiscus tea

4. jaggery or, raw sugar

Paste mixing day comes once a week, mixed smoothly and set aside to develop and release the dye contained within the leaf so we can all have stunning natural henna stains.

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henna style

purely natural henna hands
purely natural henna hands

Purely natural henna style in California. Henna is made from the leaves of the henna plant, a small shrub grown throughout Southeast Asia for skin decoration. Skillfully applied by hand for best results. Always check your henna artists’ portfolio for consistent skill and style in her designs. This henna is at day 4, after plenty of chores and hard work.

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.

Wedding Henna in Black and White

Last February, Jahlelah and I sat down one evening and began the meticulous application of her bridal mehendi. Months prior, we had consulted over her design possibilities. I presented her with Indian bridal mehendi books, and a few of my own henna designs, as well as links to portfolios of some very talented bridal artists in the US. Soon I had an idea of what designs  appealed to her and the length of her henna. We knew she liked the idea of the mehendi appearing as netted gloves, her henna would start below her elbow and down to her fingertips. Solid fingertips would be the most dramatic. We took a motif inspired by some lace she had, added a mandala motif from Asha Savla’s Vivaah mehndi book. Her heart palm was inspired by the work of Henna Lounge and the mandalas were added around that motif. A design this structured takes time to finish, as every part needs good symmetry between both hands. While it was meticulous work, I really enjoyed the particular meditation working on such a scale brings. 

Jahlelah and Lance’s wedding was a beautiful reflection of their community. Heartfelt, family oriented, and handmade.  Best wishes to the happy family!

Purely natural henna adornment for all brides in Chico California with Henna Trails. Artfully designed and applied mehendi using only the finest henna paste, mixed in house for rich stains. Bridal henna is priced by design complexity rather than hourly. Contact us to schedule your 30 minute bridal consultation.

Healing side of henna

If you’ve ever worn henna, you can understand the grace you can feel with a beautiful design adorning your skin. So many of the women I henna let me know how beautiful it makes them feel, how they enjoy watching a design unfold, taking a moment to do something special, beautifying  themselves.

In recent years, henna artists have been adorning the heads of those who are suffering from complete hair loss. I highly encourage you to visit  http://hennaheals.ca/ to learn more, connect with their facebook page for current photos of working artists and their muses.

A few years ago this kind woman, a care giver herself, came to me at my evening market to inquire about having henna applied to her head. I was so honored she came to me, and oddly enough, she had no idea this was being done elsewhere. We made an appointment and met up for her henna. 

I saw her recently at an art show where she was her usual happy self, walking her dog and looking wonderful. I loved connecting with this amazing woman.

I am currently booking henna crown appointments in Chico, California thru “A New Beginning Massage Therapy”. Click the ‘Schedule Now’ button at the top of this page and scroll until you see henna services and choose “Healing henna crowns”. I am offering this service on a sliding scale basis as a way to give back to my community. I hope you’ll share this post.

Private bookings in a park setting with Henna Trails

Take some time out for yourself with a private henna booking in beautiful Bidwell Park located in the center of Chico, California. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidwell_Park

Private bookings start at $30, with an hourly rate of $65.00. In one hour you will receive quite a good amount of skillfully applied and purely natural henna. I particularly enjoy mornings in the park, near the Sycamore Pool under the old oak trees. Live your adornment inspirations and email me to set a date. https://hennatrails.com/contact-us-2/

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henna  by Henna Trails
henna , a photo by Henna Trails on Flickr.

Ah, my henna season 2012 began last Thursday April 5th! I am so very glad to be working again. Downtown Chico, California hosts an evening market called, the Thursday Night Market. Downtown streets are closed for the evening, farmers, food makers, artisans and musicians will come together for the next 6 months for our community. It is events like this which keep my artistry moving. This will be my 4 season, I have come a long way from my beginning days.

This design I am calling the “Bollywood special”, it is one of my most requested designs. Each one is different from the other, simply done with a floral strip and finger accents. The years previous I referred to it as the “Sangeet special” as it is something along the lines of a design you may recieve at a Sangeet as a guest. However, many of my clients aren’t aware of what a Sangeet is, and Bollywood is a term they can relate to. I have found the people drawn to henna in my tent are wonderful, open minded individuals.

I really love my job and everything around it. Thank you! hennahennahennnahennnahennaaaa♥.

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

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.