Friday, October 21, 2005

Simple henna pattern for the back of the hand.

Here is a quick & easy henna tattoo.
This simple design takes about 5 minutes to apply.

Notice the movement of the pattern from wrist to outer finger. This style flatters the hand and enhances the ring.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Lacy henna tattoo from KooKoo Bean

Here is a photo of an original henna tattoo design. The customer wanted something lacy and flowing, similary to the design she got in India while on vacation.

This design covers the wrist & hand, and is photographed on a beautiful white metal table, just one of the many imported treasures from KooKoo bean.

As it is now the end of henna season here in Jacksonville, I will only be available for henna tattoo for parties and events until next summer! Call the studio at 904-993-7466 for more information.

Wishing you joy,

Ann George

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The meaning of henna tattoos

I receive alot of inquiries as to the meaning of henna tattoos. While different cultures, and different tribes within a culture have symbols and patterns that carry a meaning for that community, it is my experience that most clients here in Florida choose symbols that have a meaning particular to them.

This photo is a perfect example! A couple, who were soon to be married, choose to have the kanji for eternity done on their ring fingers as a symbol of their commitement to each other. While the kanji has its own meaning, the choice of this design, and the location was especially important to the couple.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Test results for Jamila henna powder

I recently received a sample of Jamila henna powder, and as I am always interested to see the difference in color and quality of different hennas, I am tested it. I am very pleased with the results and want to share them with you.
The photos above are of the powder itself, and the resulting paste.

I was very happy to notice that the powder had that great fresh henna smell, and a good greenish color. Further, the powder was very, very finely sifted. I did not have to do any additonal sifting - which is a big plus! After mixing with with some lemon juice & tea tree oil, I got an excellent paste. The paste was very smooth, offering a consistancy similar to that of toothpaste! As well, the paste was naturally cohesive.. and I knew that I would be able to acheive very fine lines. I am publishing a photo of the paste on the skin for your review. It may be important to note that the model was about 5" tall, and had pretty small hands.
The paste was applied using a henna cone, with just a bit snipped off the end. Actually, I was able to acheive even finer lines than those pictured, but I decided to snip off more of the tip of the cone to easily get both fine & slightly wider lines.The paste dried well, with no cracking, and naturally adhered to the skin. I did apply a glaze of lemon sugar to the design as it was drying, wrapped it and left it overnight.

The first photo shows the resulting color only 2 hours after the paste was removed. I was happy to see that it was a fairly deep color. Please bear in mind that not all computeres display color in the same way! You should see a bright reddish orange color on the first photo. The second photo shows the color after 48 hours. I think this is a very good color. It is dark, reddish to reddish-brown to black cherry red is certain spots.
I hope you find these results helpful when you decide what kind of henna powder to purchase. I am looking forward to being able to offer you Jamila henna in the near future.

Wishing you joy,

Ann George

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Henna Tattoo for the Back

For this tattoo, the client chose an Arabic style design.
She wanted the tattoo on her back, and while a small shoulder piece would have been a good choice.. I think the larger design is far more striking.

The henna tattoo appears black because this is a photo of the design with the paste still on the skin. I hope to see this client again to get a photo of the finished color. (Photos of the finished color are much harder to come by!)