It lives! After a long hibernation and some reflection, my etsy shop is filling with my various interpretations of henna folk arts. There are new features on etsy that make my Indie heart skip a beat. Gift cards are now available, as well as direct check out if you find paypal to be a hassle. This week I will be adding these earrings as well as pendents made from capiz shells, light as a feather and translucent like antique windows. I accept custom orders for that personal touch.
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.
I spend the mornings light stalking, and the afternoons shuffling through sketches from the past year. Little things that don’t look like much at first, later they bloom into something fluid and moving. I use my sketch book alot, but more often I grab copier paper. I have random stacks of these I go through to inspire and create my pattern books. Tea, lots of yerba mate tea with honey and a spearmint sprig. Trying to think of a name for this book…
I have been buried under a heaping pile of henna powder, tea, essential oils and cones the past few weeks. I love it! The henna season is in full swing, despite unusual weather in my typically hot community. I am in my 9th week at the Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, California. My tent has been busy with ladies of all ages loving henna culture. We have had a few local festivals which were great fun and all had a good turn out. My community is vibrant and loves festivals.
This spring my first henna art book was published by Jigna publishing and master mehendi artists, Justine Howland Goodwin of Magicalmehendi and Neeta Sharma of Mehndidesigner. I am honored to work with such talented ladies, who like my art! Big happy sighs from me. My design book is inspired by Northern California festivals and markets I participate in, as well as my love of Pan-Asian decorative folk arts. In my book you will NOT find any tattoo flash style art. What you will find is elegant heart motifs, swirling clouds, suns and moons, floral sweeps and lotuses to mention a few. Click my cover art to buy this e-book for instant download and printing. Place the design papers in protective sheets, print the gorgeous cover in color, and place it all in a binder to take with you to your next gig! PLease. If you have purchased my henna art book, please take a moment to leave a review on the payloadz site and let me know how you like it!
Thank you for supporting the arts♥
happy henna love,
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
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:
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.
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