I was at the YWCA last week doing henna for some lovely ladies. It was really amazing seeing how something as simple as henna can bring so many people together.
Here's a sample of the hands that I did.
A wonderful lady named Dianne also shared her cancer story with all of us while she had her head shaved and then henna'd. She requested not to have any pictures of her posted online, so I am honoring that. The amazing grace and dignity she told her story with was so riveting/touching. She laughed and cracked jokes while she told us about how she went from being a professional working woman to becoming homeless and then finding out that she has stage three lung cancer.
I can honestly say I'm at a complete loss for words when trying to describe what I felt observing all of this. It wasn't a large event, it was an intimate gathering of a few ladies at the YWCA with whom she wished to speak openly about her challenges. Dianne was inspiring to say the least. Her journey, and the way she spoke about it, really made me take a few moments to reflect and I realized how easily I sometimes let small things in life drag me down- yet here was a beautiful woman who has been through so much and she's still smiling and not feeling sorry for herself. There's a lot to be learnt from moments like these and I thank Dianne for sharing her struggles and stories so candidly, and wish her the best of luck with her treatments and recovery.
This class was done as per request of someone who has never painted before, it's always so much fun working with people who are curious and willing to give new things a try.
I held a painting class at the gorgeous Loft 112. There were 5 of us in total and one girl decided to do her own painting of a map of Africa and the rest of us worked on trees. Trees seem to be becoming a theme in the things I do- trees, flowers, and leaves.
Back to what we were working on, these are the finished paintings.
While everyone is busy working away, you might might notice that the walls of the loft have some new art on them. These paintings were done by people in the Drop-in Center here in Calgary- there's so much talent.
If you're interested in seeing the complete album for today's class please visit my Facebook page.
Amm's Art will be at the Calgary Dollars Re-Localize Fair next Saturday April 18th, come down and check it out.
There was an art journaling workshop at the Horizon Academy last weekend. I was with a group of young teens and the theme of the page was thankfulness. The workshop was only an hour long so we had to speed through it but I think the students came up with some really creative work in that time.
We used markers, paint pens, ink sprays and puff paint on these pages.
Part of the page was masked off in the beginning in order to leave space for writing what we're each thankful for.
They had the option of writing things in a way that no one else would be able to read what's written if they wished to keep it private.
Here are some of the students showing off their work, you'll notice a few of them hiding in the back as well, they were camera shy.
I wasn't able to catch a picture of everyone's work because they ran off pretty quickly once class was over but you can check out what I did manage to capture in the album on my Facebook page.
OK, so I'm a little bit obsessed with these miniature art cards- here's a few more that I made. I'm learning a lot about my supplies while making these. For instance, certain inks smudge when I use other markers to color over top of them with. Same goes for mod podge- it doesn't always seal in the color it sometimes makes it blend and bleed. I also tried using some nail polish on a few of these cards and it looks pretty neat. I think I've found myself a new medium to use in my artwork.
© Ammara Cokar 2015
Arts & Crafts
I love creating stuff. I also get bored easily. So, on this blog you'll find my experiments with various mediums and techniques along with some of my students' creations from classes that I teach.
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