Wedding henna and volcanic rocks

Mehendi mandalas in henna, the color of love

One afternoon last January I took a ride downtown to the La Rocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room to provide henna artistry for a beautiful and intimate  wedding. Henna, or mehendi as part of marriage rites is an enduring tradition, and mehendi is applied for many celebrations in India. Mandalas were chosen for their hands, a classic India style motif. Mandalas are sometimes thought to represent the universe or the cosmos,  mandalas are also some of my favorite motifs for henna.

I love this wedding henna photo, the atmosphere is completely steeped in Chico, California! Life up here in Northern California is relaxed and casual, we’re all striving to live as one with nature, and that has a profound effect on our community. Purely natural henna is a marvelous compliment to our local lifestyle, even if the henna plant doesn’t grow here! I’m here to cultivate henna as adornment just for you, what inspires you?

yours truly,



A Mystical Halloween Henna




Henna Trails is heading up into the cool Sierra Nevada foothills for 4 days of authentic world music at the California Worldfest in Grass Valley! Find my tent by the main stage where the henna always is. I’m excited to hear new music I’ve never heard, and music I’ve loved for years. See you there!

classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!
classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!

Thursday Night Market Henna June 27, 2013

Thank you Chico for coming out in the heat for natural henna once again! I will be at the Chapman Market today on the end of Cleveland Ave by the community park. Saturday come join us and support the Wildflower Music Festival from 11am-11pm with Junior Toots!

I am currently preparing for California World Fest in Grass Valley, you can find my henna tent by the main stage. I am so excited to return to my family’s favorite festival!

My market schedule in Chico will resume July 18th 2013. See you then!

Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Thursday Night Market in Chico, California
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Th

Festival Henna

Please join me and partake in natural henna art this weekend at the Wildflower Music Festival Saturday June 29, 2013 in Chico, California. Junior Toots is headlining, proceeds from this event will go to Wildflower Open Classroom school in Chico. I’m hosting a giveaway for 2 tickets on my facebook page this week. It should be a beautiful day on the green! See you there!

Join me at our local markets this week;

Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, California from 6-9 pm on Broadway Street between 3rd and 4th streets.

Chapman Farmer’s Market at the end of Cleveland Avenue, by the Community Park on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway 2-5:30 pm.

A sweep of florals and paisleys in henna for a naturalista.
A sweep of florals and paisleys in henna for a naturalista.
Sisters together for henna, naturalistas for life.
Sisters together for henna, naturalistas for life.

Summer is your perfect time for henna! Henna is the naturalista’s body adornment of choice. Temporal, yet steeped in ancient tradition and purely natural, made by hand from the leaves of the henna plant and infused with artistic skills. Purely natural henna stains last 7-10 days; as your skin exfoliates, your henna will gradually fade away completely. Henna stains your hands and feet the best, your henna stains will be lighter elsewhere.


Henna for the summer 2013 Chico,California

This summer you can find me with my purely natural henna designs in Chico, California;

  •  Thursday Night Market, every Thursday 6-9 pm * Broadway Street between 3rd & 4th St             
  • Chapman Farmer’s Market every Friday 2-7 pm * Cleveland Avenue, by the park

The Thursday Night Market is bustling with energy and larger crowds, a nice selection of artisans, food trucks, fresh local produce and fresh food items with live bands on the streets and plaza of downtown.

The Chapman Farmer’s Market is a small and fairly new market situated against the community park on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. You can find fresh local produce, artisans, plants, music and small crowds.

I hope to see you soon for some summer henna!

Naturalista wedding henna

This week I drove about 20 minutes into the east to henna a naturalista bride. The countryside was golden and beautiful, dotted with buttes, old oaks and undulating hills.

flowing florals and sweeping vines for her wedding in a natural inspiring setting
flowing florals and sweeping vines for her wedding in a natural inspiring setting

The happy couple will be married in a most beautiful place on earth. Yosemite. I think that says it all. She chose a naturalistic style that suited her whole essence and I feel it was a perfect match for her. Her henna wraps around her wrist curling into a sunburst and her feet are blooming with a similiar floral pattern found on her hands. Henna inspired by nature, steeped in enduring wedding traditions. What an honor to be called upon in these happy occassions.

market henna summer 2013

A new henna season and new shapes and forms emerge in the henna designs. Design elements added to muscle memory, new patterns and concepts inspire new work and spins on some older work. Henna downtown, on the street for the Thursday Night Market, 6-9 pm Chico, California.

My Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day, friends!

  An early afternoon in Bidwell Park, the jewel of my city. I saw only one piece of litter to be contained and crews of volunteers cutting back and digging the blackberry plants which are wildly proliferate in our area. We sat under the trees around the Nature Center to celebrate natural life in Bidwell Park. A happy day.


Her wedding henna afternoon

One fine day in June I packed my henna cones, sketches and wooden stool into my bicycle basket and set off into Bidwell Park to journey to another side of Chico, California for Sara’s wedding henna appointment. It was a good day, I felt honored to be able to share the artistry of mehendi with her, a fellow artist. I knew working in such detail would be a challenge, and I was a little nervous, but the ride through the park relieved my worries and cleared my mind.

Earlier in the year we met for her bridal consultation to decide what design direction to take, as there are many styles of henna to choose from. She liked the idea of fine details to her elbows and little to no floral designs, Indian lace style mehendi came to my mind immediately. We set her henna appointment to be 3 days before her wedding, a day she would share with loved ones and a hen party.

I spent a few weeks seeking henna designs on flickr in her style and making little sketches of details I liked from other henna artists. I liked her style choice, and felt mandalas and half mandalas would be a great element to include in her henna. I tried to design each 4 parts of her wedding henna with different, yet cohesive designs. Her palms would have a design which came together when her palms were cupped upward. We would hide her groom’s name in the details.

Wedding henna this detailed takes time to apply skillfully and Sara was most patient. Let’s just say it took me more than 3 hours. We started in the afternoon, I find it is a great time to start wedding henna, as the light is perfect and there is plenty of time for the henna to seep into the topmost layers of your skin. This leaves you the option of removing your henna paste in the late evening and letting it oxidize while you sleep.

So this is her wedding henna  part I, I’ll have the rest of her story next week.

Thank you for stopping by!