Just another quick little picture of a henna'd hand to share. I used my phone camera so please excuse the photo quality.
Sorry for the grainy photo- my phone camera doesn't shoot the best pics but I wanted to share these hands.
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.
Time for a henna party! This was my first henna party and it was held for a girl's 25th birthday last weekend.
It was everyone's first time trying out henna for themselves and they came up with some really creative designs.
Here's a closer look at everyone's work.
I also had a young artist in the group (he makes paintings), and he did a gecko/lizard design on his hand which turned out quite amazing.
Check out the full album on facebook here
I had a small henna class at the gorgeous Loft112 in downtown today. The students started off by learning how to draw lines and how to use the henna cone.
The students first practice in a booklet until they get the hang of using the henna cone before moving on to putting it on their own hands.
Have a look at the beautiful designs that these lovely ladies came up with. They created some flowers, vines, and there's even a peacock.
Hi everyone! I'm having more henna and art journaling classes in Calgary on Saturday Feb 7th in a gorgeous loft in downtown. For more information please have a look here.
Each class is 3 hours long and costs $15 for Henna, and $20 for art Journaling (prices reduced!)
I'm going to be teaching a few classes for Chinook Learning in March for their Spectacular Saturday event. One is an artist trading cards class and the other is a henna class for beginners.
Artist Trading Cards are miniature pieces of art work (usually 2.5'' X 3.5''). They can be created with any medium and are made to trade with other artists. These cards can be traded in groups online or in person, or be made as a collection. There are some examples of cards here.
Please register if you're interested.
I don't frequently put real henna on canvas but these canvases have proven to be quite popular so I will most definitely be making some more. The amazing thing about the real henna is that no matter how many coats of primer and paint I use on the canvas the color of the henna seems to penetrate through the layers and it shows up on the other side of the canvas.
I had made two other canvases with henna on them but I didn't take pictures of them and now they're gone. I've got to be more careful with photographing everything that I make, it's always been an issue for me.
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This canvas reminds me of the sun or a mandala. Unfortunately it tore a little bit =( So I will be repairing it as best I can and then reducing the price. Please check out the store section of my page for more canvases on sale.
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