Friday, July 09, 2010

Henna Powder | Spirit Vision Henna Seeks Henna Supplier.

Spirit Vision Henna is looking for a new supplier of finely sifted henna for Body Art. I prefer Rajistani henna, or Yemeni Henna.

I am able to purchase wholesale, however am not prepared to import very large quantities. If other smaller henna vendors in the USA would like to spilt an order, please feel welcome to contact me.

Thank you,

Ann George
Spirit Vision Henna

Monday, May 17, 2010

Henna Tattoo for the Back

Here is a photo of a henna tattoo on the back. This is a photo of the henna paste on the skin. The impact of the black paste on the white skin is quite striking. However, it is not advised to put henna on the back.

There are several reasons for this, and the primary reason is that the finished color will not be as dark as henna on the hands, arms, feet or legs. In fact, I do not recommend that you put henna on your back unless you are willing to go to extra effort to ensure good color.

Every ones skin type is different, and some people may get a good result for a henna tattoo on the back with aftercare. It is much more likely that I will get a complaint from a client that henna tattoo on the upper back is not very dark. There is very little I can to to correct this.

For most people, the pores of the back are small, the upper back may be oily in nature and these factors inhibit the henna from deeply penetrating the skin. It is also quite easy to smudge the henna when driving home!

Here is a photo of the Phoenix Tattoo 48 hours later. As you can see, my client went the extra mile to get a good finished color.

As henna is a heat activated dye, applications of olive oil and sunshine ( or perhaps a tanning bed ) gave the henna the extra push necessary to get dark color on the back in this air-conditioned Western world.

If you click to enlarge the photo, you will see that the darkest color is in the lower back. Sometimes it is possible to get a good finished color on the lower back... especially for women.

This pattern was a special order for a special occasion, and extra time was spent to keep the henna wet on the skin as long as possible ( lemon sugar glaze with essential oils was applied regularly over a two hour period to help the henna penetrate the skin.)

I do not offer this kind of henna at the Midnight Sun. The fee for this size and quality of work is $85 an hour. There may be some artists who are able to get a better color than I for the back. If you are out there.. please leave a comment on the blog so others can find you.

Or... feel welcome to post a tip to help us all get darker results on the back.  With all best wishes,

Ann George - Henna Artist - Spirit Vision Henna in Jacksonville, Florida

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Contemporary Henna Pattern - for the active woman

Here is a photo of a henna tattoo (paste is on the skin - not black henna) for the active woman.

You will see that there is a lacy henna pattern on the palm, rather whimsical, yet incorporating traditional components.

However, the fingers and thumbs are free of henna paste, so work can continue for the three to six hours necessary to get the darkest henna color.

The palm will always show the true beauty of henna.. yielding colors ranging from rose, to red.. and in some cases, with good aftercare, black cherry red.

To ensure the darkest color, leave the paste on the skin as long as possible. It is also good to enjoy the outdoors! Heat is good for henna, water is not.

If you want your henna color to last as long as possible, no matter where you put it... the once you remove the paste, cover the design with olive oil to seal in the color & some body heat.

If you must wash anything.. please remember .. a bit of olive oil over the henna tattoo keeps water out and color in. For more information on the henna tattoo process, visit the FAQ page on my site.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tribal Henna Patterns for Men

Here is an example of a freehand tribal style henna tattoo. Bold tribal henna is a good choice for men who want the experience of henna tattoo.

This design, while seeming very geometric, also has components found in traditional African patterns.

Henna always gives the darkest color on the palms of the hands. This is because of the nature of the skin on the palm - very porous - and fleshy.

The porous nature of the skin enables the paste to penetrate deeply. Also, as we sweat from the palm, the henna paste may stay moist on the skin longer, which helps get a better finished color.

If you would like henna tattoo in the Greater Jacksonville Florida area, please call Spirit Vision Henna.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Simple Henna Pattern - Design for the Back of the Hand.

This simple henna tattoo is a modification of a design by Kim of  Hasina Mehndi. She has generously offered free henna tattoo designs for other artists to use.

If you visit her site, you will certainly enjoy a very elegant style of henna tattoo! and beautiful examples of gilding.

This elegant henna is just a bit of one of those free henna patterns adjusted to please the client.

The body art of henna tattoo is used to enhance the natural beauty of the hands and feet.

I believe this pattern, in this position, accomplishes that goal. For henna tattoo this summer, please call for an appointment.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Full Palm Henna Tattoo - Traditional Henna Design

Here is a photo of a full palm henna tattoo. Henna always gives the reddest, richest, darkest stain on the palms of the hands.

It is traditional to put henna on the palms. If you have never had the experience, a soothing relaxing, aromatherapy moment.. please consider bringing a driver with you for a traditional henna tattoo.

It is pampering in the extreme... and the gorgeous henna tattoo left once the paste is removed is quite exotic, and exciting. This is a photo of henna paste on the skin.

Under this black paste, henna, a heat-activated body dye, is penetrating layers of the skin. The longer you leave the paste on, and the hotter you get.. the darker the finished color.

There are all sorts of aftercare tricks to give you the deepest possible stain.. but most folks choose a simple henna.. and thus it is not as important to push for dark color.

Bridal henna is another matter... but you may visit other posts on this blog to learn more about that. If you are interested in henna tattoo, either for yourself, a party, wedding, gallery opening or other event, please feel welcome to call Ann George at Spirit Vision Henna.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Traditional Henna - Freehand Henna Tattoo - It's a Good Thing!

Here is a photo of a traditional style henna tattoo. This design is quite intricate, and is covers the fingers, hand and a bit of the lower arm.

This is a free hand or chef's choice henna and a photo of henna paste on the skin. The finished color will be shades of red to reddish brown.

The color will be darkest on the tips of the fingers, and become lighter as the paste moves  up the arm.

Spirit Vision Henna artist Ann George will create a unique henna design to suit both your hand, and your budget.

Enjoy the benefits of temporary body art... no pain.. no commitment.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Sweet & Simple - $15 Henna Tattoo

Here you go.. easy to wear, easy to apply.. traditonal henna jewel.

This pattern includes traditional mehndi patterns in an easy to wear design.

Shannon, of Bead Here Now is my lovely model to give you an idea of what a $15 chef's choice henna tattoo looks like.

Click the photo to enlarge. Call for henna - 904-993-7466  which is offered by appointment at The Midnight Sun.

Parties, corporate events.. are possible.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tribal Henna Patterns for Men

Here is an example of a free hand / free spirit henna tattoo for a man.  Yes, men can get henna tattoo as well!

The same rules apply, you get the best color on the back of the hand,   and inner wrist... places where men feel most comfortable placing their henna tattoo.

It is possible to do henna on the upper arm, to do tribal bands and Kanji tattoos there, however, the finished color will not be as dark and generally will not last as long as henna tattoo put on the hands.

This design is based in part on traditional North African designs.. and we just went from there. Shapes the client like were added.. and so you see, a powerful tribal style design.

Several layers of lemon sugar were applied. Perhaps I will be able to post a photo of the finished color, which appears about 48 hours after the paste is removed. At present, a new mix of henna paste is basking in the morning sun.

Henna tattoo will be offered in the ambient comfort of The Midnight Sun, 1055 Park  Street, Jacksonville, Florida after  2PM this Saturday. Call now to reserve your seat!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lovely, Easy to Wear, Traditional Henna Tattoo Design

Here is a quick henna tattoo design that makes use of many traditional elements... the flower, the paisley, and of course, the little dot.

To draw this pattern, the larger design areas were created, then filled in with traditional components.

This design is for a customer going right back to work in retail. She needed something that would make it easy to use her hand, leave her finger tips free... and still be lovely.

A henna tattoo like this one costs @$30.00. The black paste you see on the skin is not the finished tattoo. The paste will remain on the skin for three to six hours.

A glaze of lemon, sugar and essential oils was applied to help keep the paste on the skin.. and the enhance the finished color.

After the paste falls off, or in some cases after you scrape it off, apply olive oil to the design area. The application of olive oil keeps water out & helps to keep body heat in.

Henna is a heat activated dye and the color will darken over the next 48 hours with proper care. A few things to avoid are: chlorinated water, American beauty creams, (most contain petroleum - and that fades the color of the henna tattoo) and exfoliating the skin.

Sun and heat are fine! Hot weather and sweating open the pores and help the henna to penetrate the skin.   Henna tattoo is available throughout the summer time by Ann George. Appointments work best! although walk-in henna is often available on Saturdays at The Midnight Sun.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bridal Style Henna Tattoo - Full Back Hand Henna Pattern

Here is a photo of bridal style henna tattoo. This is a full back hand henna pattern that took about half an hour to finish.

The design actually started above the wrist with the floral cuff, then moved down to the back of the hand, and finally to the fingers.

From this angle, it is easy to see the peacock built into the pattern, so the wearer gets to enjoy the lovely bird.

The viewer will notice the floral cuff first, and then the eye will be drawn down the hand to the tip of the fingers.

This pattern was created by drawing a series of shapes that were then outlined and finally filled in with traditional mehndi components to give a full hand tattoo.

The use of negative space is very important when creating free hand henna designs. A bit of space between design elements catches the eye.

In my experience, when I forget to use negative space, my tattoos seem cluttered, visually busy, or it's just plain hard to see what I drew. I hope you find this little note helpful.

For more information about drawing henna tattoo, there are wonderful live videos on this blog. Check the labels to the right of this post to find one you like. Namaste.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Henna Tattoo at The Midnight Sun • Saturday April 17, 2010

Stop by the shop Noon thirty-ish this Saturday for henna tattoo by Ann George.

Pictured in this blog is a photo of an African tribal style henna which shows henna paste on the back of the hand, and paste and finished color on the inner wrist... notice the inner wrist tattoo is outlined again with henna paste.

Henna can last one week or more, depending on where you put the tattoo, how long you leave the paste on the skin, and other factors.

The Sankofa pattern on the wrist had faded a bit, so we outlined the original design with fresh henna paste to give a two-toned effect.

Once the henna paste is scraped off the skin, the bird will have a darker outline and an inner color.

Please know that all henna pastes are different. At the Midnight Sun you will get an informed consent to sign before you have your henna tattoo. This will tell you all the ingredients in the paste ( made fresh by Ann George! ), as well as how to take care of your body art.

An Spirit Vision, we do not use black henna, and make every effort to ensure that you have a traditional henna experience. Of course there are other artists in town, so please remember that each will have their own paste, pattern sets and aftercare instructions.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Henna Tattoo Today at The MIdnight Sun

Stop by the shop! Henna Tattoo.. great music, good vibes, glorious jewelry!

Why Not? Noon Thirty-ish 'till 5PM for henna.

1055 Park Street, Five Points, Jacksonville, Florida 32204


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Henna Tattoo Design - When Is a Free Hand Pattern "Finished"?

Here is a  photo of a henna tattoo for the arm. The pattern is from the wonderful "Sangeet" pattern book available from Tap Dancing Lizard, and the henna by Ann George of Spirit Vision Henna.

This pattern took only a few minutes to do, as the paste was very moist, also fragrant, and easy to apply using a henna cone.

You will notice the design is eye-catching because both light & heavy lines were used to create the pattern.

This henna tattoo also make use of the shading technique to fill in the petals of the flowers. However, it just didn't feel quite finished.

Now, please notice this second photo:
You will see that by adding just a few lines at the top of the leaf shaped element on this pattern, the design "comes together" and has a very nice finished look.

Sometimes just a few strokes are sufficient to complete a pattern. For those of you new to henna tattoo, these images are photos of the henna paste on the skin, and not black henna tattoo.

Ann George hand blends here paste fresh for every event, and only pure, natural ingredients are used. If you do have allergies to Indian foods or essential oils, please send a note before coming for your henna tattoo appointment.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bridal Henna Palms - Two Artists at work

The artists of Spirit Vision Henna are practicing Bridal Henna for the 2010 season.

This photo shows the work of two artists working together to create a wedding henna.

Each has a slightly different style, but you can see that the patterns are complimentary, and accomplished in 45 minutes for both hands.

We will continue to work to improve so that we may provide intricate full bridal tattoo in a timely manner.

Please contact Ann George at 904•993•7466 for more information about henna tattoo for wedding parties, and other events.

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's Henna Tattoo Time! Saturday 3.27.10 at The Midnight Sun

Spirit Vision Henna in Five Points is happy to announce that the weather is finally warm enough to make hanna paste. In fact, a lovely mixture is sitting in the afternoon sun, the dye has released, and everyone can enjoy fragrant, rich color in their first henna tattoo of the season.

Ann George and the artists of Spirit Vision Henna will offer tattoo at 1055 Park Street, in The Midnight Sun on Saturday 3.27.10. Please come by after 1PM to browse pattern books and pick your design. If this is your first henna experience.... please visit the FAQ page for answers to all your first time questions.

We specialize in traditional henna tattoo, but are available for special requests. You are welcome to call 904-993-7466 to schedule an appointment if you like. Henna will be offered Saturday on a first come, first served basis. Henna tattoo prices start at $15. The size and style of tattoo you choose determines the price.

As the weather warms up, henna may also be offered on Fridays by appointment. It takes at least 24 hours to create a good henna paste, so last minute henna requests are hard to fill. Please call ahead for henna on Fridays, or other days of the week.

If you would like to book Spirit Vision Henna for a private party, our artists are available to come to you. This year, we are pleased to announce that Arvid Smith, an accomplished sitar player, will be available to play for you if you would like to provide live music for your henna gathering.

Please note the image above is of henna paste on the skin... so the tattoo appears black. We do not offer black henna tattoo.. there is no such thing. We offer first quality henna paste made with Jamila henna powder, essential oils and traditional herbs and spices. The finished color will be some shade of reddish brown, or as dark as black cherry red if applied to the palms and properly cared for.

Henna tattoo will not look like inkwork.  Henna, or mehandi, is it's own unique art form, and our artists have studied and practiced to provide you a traditional henna experience.

After care information is online at Spirit Vision Henna. We hope you enjoy your visit to the site.