As promised here are photos of the 2oo7 Jamila Henna Powder harvest. I am very pleased with the dark, rich color, consistent to the knee.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Inspired by Neeta's book, "Sangeet". I am thinking differently. It's great fun.
If all goes well, I should have finished color on line by Wednesday.
From start to peaceful finish each design took about 45 minutes to complete. All told, we had two hours of fun.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I have started working with a more liquid paste mix. I use Jamila henna, the 2007 harvest now, which is very gummy and stringy and workable. I am very pleased with my quick color test results, and will have full hand color on line soon.
In the mean time, please enjoy a photo of Shannon's gilded peacock design. I am still inspired by Neeta's book "Sangeet" as you will see from this photo. The gilding colors are purple glitter & jade green matte gels.
The more liquid texture of the paste made it possible for me to work more quickly than I have in the past, as the paste just flows right out of the henna cone. I am still using my "plastic bag cone" with rubber band closure. It has a carrot bag look, but is soft & easy to use so my hand doesn't get tired at all.
I am convinced that the little bit of pomegranate juice concentrate I am adding at the start of the mix (lemon juice, spiced tea, henna powder, pomegranate juice) really helps keep the henna on the skin, and makes it easier to work.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Here is another wonderful henna tattoo pattern from Sangeet (applied by Ann George of Spirit Vision Henna in Jacksonville, Flordia).
My client said she got very good color with her last henna tattoo. Although the back is not usually a place to get the best color, she took great care of her henna tattoo. She left the paste on a good while, and got the design area warm for the first day and applied olive oil regularly after the paste was removed. I hope to post a photo of the finished color.
If you have had a henna tattoo & would like to send your photo of the finished color, please mail it to me.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I remain thankful to Kimberlee, a henna artist in Jupiter Florida for recommending Sangeet's design book. Click the title of this post to visit Kimberlee's "space".
This fine line henna tattoo was made possible in part by mixing the paste to be rather liquid, sticky and stringy.
The addition of fenugreek seeds in the tea mix which I add when first mixing the paste helps create a stringy mix. Adding a bit of pomegranate juice just before putting the paste in the cone ensured the paste would be sticky and liquid. To get the fine line, I cut just a bit off the tip of a plain old plastic cone... and voila!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Here is another great henna pattern from Sangeet. Of course I modified it a bit so that there would be enough paste to give good color on the lower back. I like the way elements in the henna pattern compliment the design elements in the woman's belt.
If you come for a lower back tattoo, be sure to wear a low cut pant & a midriff top. It's best to come early for a lower back tattoo so you can browse all the great Five Points shops, sun your henna & get the best color possible.
(Click the photo for the full sized image.)
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Here is a pattern from the wonderful pattern book by Sangeet. This book has designs that people really like, as well, the patterns are good for all parts of the body. You may purchase the book from Tap Dancing Lizard.
Henna tattoo will be available today, 7/14/07 at Midnight Sun. I should be at the shop no later than 2:00 pm. See you there?
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Well, I am sure it's just silly to post a photo of my first attempt at left handed henna, but here it is.
What is interesting to me is that the henna paste I used to do my right hand was 24 hours older than the henna I used to do my left hand. I mention this because it seems as if the color on my right hand is a bit darker than the left.
Further, the henna on my left hand had been on the skin for 72 hours, while the henna on the right had been on only 48. So.. the henna on the left hand should be darker?
Of course I also realized that I can't take a good photo of both my palms with my camera phone.. so thanks Chels for the photo shoot.
Excellent red color by Jamila henna of course! (the 2006 harvest no less)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
My case of 100 boxes of 100 grams of Jamila Henna arrived on 7/10/07. From the plane, to my doorstep and right to the freezer, I have made sure that I will be able to sell the freshest Jamila henna powder possible until supplies run out. I offer free shipping by First Class Mail in the USA.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
As promised, here is a photo of the finished color, 24 hours after the paste is removed. This color will continue to darken over the next 24 to 48 hours. While it may appear that this is black henna, I assure you, no black henna was used.
I use only fresh Jamila Henna powder, which gives very good, dark color very quickly. This paste was made with lemon juice, lime juice, my henna tea blend and henna powder. After allowing the paste to rest for 12 hours, I added tea tree oil, lavender oil, neroil oil, geranium bourbon oil & a bit of eucalyptus oil.
To futher thin the paste, I added a bit of pomegranate juice. After the henna paste had dried on the skin, I sprayed it with a mixture of lemon juice, sugar & lavender oils all mixed together in a fine mist sprayer. I waited for the paste to be pretty dry on the skin before spraying with the lemon juice. I was able to spray the finished design serveral times.
To be sure I got the best color possible, I wrapped the design with tissue, and wore a plastice glove (the kind you might get for food service use) for several hours. Come back to visit again for more tips as I "discover" them.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here is a photo of a traditonal henna pattern from a little design book I picked up at a local Indian market.
Of course, the pattern was far more intricate than this design as my model had small hands! None the less, I still practice full bridal every chance I get. I will post a photo of the finished color in the next few days. (Click the photo for a close-up view.)
Friday, July 06, 2007
The new crop of Jamila henna powder is in the air & should arrive soon. To make way for the 2007 harvest, I am offering the last 12 boxes of 100 super sift Jamila henna for sale at $6.50 US.
Free shipping by First Class Mail is included in the price of each box for mailing addresses in the USA. Click the title of this post for more information or to purchase.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I have just made up 6 Quick & Easy Henna Kits.I am still able to sell them for only $6.50 which includes shipping by First Class Mail in the USA.
Although it may be hard to see from the photo, you get a plastic henna cone filled with super sift Jamila henna, a pre-measure vial of essential oils, a toothpick to straighten lines if need be, and a Q-Tip to apply the lemon sugar glaze.
You also get complete instructions, helpful hints, 8 easy patterns & online tech support!
Clicking the title of this post will take you to more info, color samples & of course..... the shopping cart button.
Monday, July 02, 2007
I am practicing my bridal henna and am lucky to have a willing model.
Of course I am inspired by the great henna art of SJ Henna in Singapore... as you can see by this design.
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Spirit Vision Henna is available for Bridal Showers, Wedding Parties, and other events.
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