Friday, May 31, 2013

Get Inspired! Peacock Feather Henna Pattern

The peacock is my favorite bird. Not only are peacocks feisty but the male bird is a stunner. Today a friend of mine posted a photo of her neighbors peacock that escaped into her yard. That beautiful bird inspired me to create this design.

Guess what? I filmed it! Tutorial for peacock feather henna tattoo on youtube

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Challenge your henna artist skills

Every once in a while I randomly select a henna design book from my collection. Then I randomly turn to a page from this randomly selected book and I apply the first design I see. This helps me to keep my skill sharp and perhaps try a design I've never attempted. 

This week it was Zury by Heena Patel. I rarely apply designs from this book so it was a nice change. Zury is a pattern book of mainly Arabic style designs which means thicker lines and large florals. 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Floral Strip Henna Motif **Two Post Tuesday**

Lucky you! On Tuesdays I feel generous and henceforth two post will appear. Henna doodling is one of my favorite past times. Doodling is also great for practicing techniques, trying out a new design or style, and testing the flow of your henna batch. 

Have fun giving this henna floral strip motif a try. It's a fun piece for hands, feet, shoulder, arm band, tramp stamp, legs, you name it. 

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Quick and Easy Henna Flower

Perfect for beginners, a quick and easy henna flower tutorial/pictorial. Five easy steps and three easy shapes to learn.

Would you like to see additional pictorials? Please comment below with the shape, motif, or small design you'd like to see me post next.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Bubbles Under The Bridge

On the eve of memorial day I accompanied local photographer extraordinaire down to the waterfront (under the Hawthorne bridge) to take pictures of our beautiful Portland Oregon skyline. Instead we were greeted with the sounds of loud drumming (along with flute, guitar, bells, and maracas), dancing, performance art, and BUBBLES!

The bubble man was nice enough to let me play along and a bubble fest ensued. Portland is known for its weird and quirky citizens (thanks Portlandia). I'm so happy to call Portland Oregon home, and to have been able to participate in this impromptu celebration.

It's always fun when people from all walks of life gather to jam and have a good time.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mehndi Mandala Festival or Party Henna Design

This month I was invited to apply henna for wedding guests at the Nritya Mandala Mahavihara temple. Inspired by the artwork and name of the temple, a lot of mandalas were applied. I decided to recreate one of my favorite manadalas applied that day. This manadala is really easy to apply and is perfect for henna parties or festivals.

Thank you to bride Alicia and groom Triratna for having me be a part of your special day.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Quick and Easy Henna Floral Strips

Floral strips are super easy and fun for all occasions. Perfect for henna parties, festivals, and sometimes simple bridal henna. Floral henna strips are a must have skill for any henna artist. They typically start with a simple swirl or paisley followed by repetitive curves, filler, and of course florals. Floral strips are usually made up of Indian style henna but you can also add Arabic and even gulf/khaleegy style elements to add a new and unique twist.

Floral strips can take anywhere from two minutes to ten minutes to apply depending on size, and level of difficulty. In videos to follow we will explore larger and more complex floral strips and implementing floral strips into other designs and styles of henna.

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