Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Henna Patterns - Palm & Back Hand Styles

Here is a photo of henna tattoo designs done at The Midnight Sun. Please be sure to call ahead for your appointment.

In as few a 15 minutes, you too may have an fine henna design drawn to your specifications.

One of the young ladies came with a photo of mehandi ( henna tattoo ) design for the back of the hand, and it was modified to be most flattering to her hand shape.

The pattern you see in the palm of the hand originated in one of the many pattern books on hand. As always, henna designs are customized to fit the wearer, and to ensure both a lovely pattern with paste on the skin as well as a dark finished color when the paste is removed.

Please call at least a day ahead for your appointment. Thank you. Ann George.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Henna on the Palm - A simple pattern gives good color.

Here is a very simple henna tattoo for the palm of the hand. My client reported that she had an excellent out come with this henna tattoo, that the color was quite dark, and that the pattern lasted a good long time.

I have just found out that the batch of henna paste I mixed up for Sunday did not give a deep an rich a stain for her as the paste I used to make this design.

I can only imagine this is because I used a new henna powder.  All other steps I took to make the paste were the same... except the supplier for the henna powder.

So, if any of my clients have not had a deep stain from their henna tattoo in the past two weeks, please give me a call!!

I am very happy to give you a second tattoo at no charge if your first henna did not give good color.  I will make up a nice fresh paste using a henna powder that I know gives excellent results every time.

I will keep shopping for a new henna powder supplier! Wishing every happiness. Ann George

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I don't see my henna tattoo! There is nothing there!! Don't panic.

It is important to note that henna is a heat activated body art. This means that the longer you leave the henna paste on your skin, and the hotter You get..... the deeper color stain will develop.

Sometimes people get a henna, go to an environment that is 72 degrees, leave the paste on their skin, scrape it off, sleep in an room that is 72 degrees..... and wonder why they don't have dark henna color.

If you have received a henna from me, then the answer is that you did not sweat your henna. Wait... give it some time.. and the color will develop. It may take all of 48 hours for the final finished color to appear. ** Please see updated at page end.

If you have not taken good care of your henna, put it on the upper arm, back, or in some cases, the back of the hand, it may take longer for your color to become rich.

Also note, in a design such as this one, the darkest color will be on the fingers, and then the design will become lighter as it moves up the arm. The lightest color stain will be the cuff portion.

This is because the texture of the skin changes, and this affects the color of the henna tattoo.

Those photos you see of deep red henna stains are usually done on the palm of the hand.This will always be the best place to put your henna tattoo. I understand that most people don't want to do that... but that is where you get your ruby red outcomes.

It is possible to go an extra step, wrap your henna in tissue, and send you home with a plastic glove taped in place to help sweat - or heat up - your design. Just ask.. I am happy to help you have the best possible out come.

However, please remember, that henna is a heat activated herbal paste. If you are sweaty, then that paste stays damp, and thus interacts with your skin for the longest possible time, giving you the deepest darkest color.

I use fresh, home made henna paste. I have new essential oils for the season, fresh 2010 henna from Rajhistan, and a nice lemon sugar glaze. I can't bring must more to the table than that. The rest is up to you.

** However, if you received a henna from me between June 18th and June 26th of this year, and did not get a good out come, please contact me by phone or email. Apparently, the new powder/paste I was using did not give good results. I am happy to redo your henna at no charge if you are one of the few clients that had this experience during this time.

** I had two different tubes of fresh, home made paste - one worked very well, one did not. So if you had henna and got great color this is why. Poor color... my deepest apologies .. I have new paste. **

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Henna Tattoos - How Much Do They Cost?

Here is an update. In general, henna tattoo pricing starts at $15 for a traditional henna tattoo. For children, the price starts at $10... with parents consent of course.

There may be some information on my blog or site that offers henna at $10 as the starting price. This is not correct, although I can't find the post myself.

Thanks much,

Ann George

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lovely Henna Pattern for Hand and Arm from Winnipeg Henna

Here is a very popular henna design that is the creation of the fine artist at winnipeghenna.com.

I love the use of negative space in this design. Know that this is a photo of the paste on the skin..... when the paste comes off, the henna will be a deeper richer color on the fingers and become lighter as it moves up the hand and arm.

This is one of the interesting aspects of henna, and one that make your efforts at aftercare most important. The longer you leave the paste on your skin, and the hotter the environment you are in.... the deeper the stain will be.

As well, if you choose to keep your arm and hand warm after you scrape the henna off, apply olive oil to the finished design, you will help the henna develop to its darkest possible stain.

Some clients will wear a stock to bed the first night to help heat up the design.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Henna Tattoo for the Back of the Hand - Quick & Easy

Here is an impromptu henna tattoo pattern for the back of the hand.

You can see that simple design elements were repeated to create this mehandi.

I used 2010 Organic Rajhisthani Henna powder from the Henna Sooq! A very nice powder indeed.

This paste is made with that fresh henna - pulverized a bit with mortar and pestle to ensure freshest and finest of color, and blended with fragrant and relaxing essential oils as well as my henna tea blend.

The stones you see are all for sale at The Midnight Sun at 1055 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204.

Please call me directly to schedule your henna appointment. Design books are on hand, or browse the large portfolio of images on this blog or the galleries on my henna site.

Please know, henna does not take well on the back of the neck, nor on the chest or the side. It is usually difficult for most people to get good color on the lower back, but if you are willing to make the investment in aftercare, you can get good results.

This is a temporary body art that will last at least one week. Only freshly made paste is used... and there are no dangerous chemicals in my henna. I hope to see you soon. Namaste, Spirit Vision Henna. 

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Henna Tattoo Friday 6/10 at The Midnight Sun

Experience the true beauty of henna. Have a lovely design on the palm of your hand.

The deepest, reddest, darkest stains are possible on the palm. Henna is more magical, as it is seldom that people see our palms.. so henna is a little surprise!

Of course you may choose to have henna on the foot, wrist or ankle..... and Westerners want henna all sorts of other places as well.

Visit the FAQ page on my site for up to date info on how to get the best henna tattoo.

This season I am using organic Rajhisthani henna, the 2010 crop with some lovely new essential oils to give you both a relaxing body art experience...... and great color.

(Nope.. no needles are used..... it doesn't hurt, and the design can last one week or longer.)

Spirit Vision Henna artists will be at the Sun from Noon til 4 PM. Designs start at $15. Call 993-7455 FMI.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Traditional Henna Pattern - Longer Glove Style

This is a photo of a traditional henna pattern. This is the art form of henna tattoo. You may choose a smaller version, a pattern for the palm, inner arm, foot or ankle if you prefer.

I do not do "joke" tattoos, tattoos to "trick" a friend, loved one or parent. If you want to trick someone into thinking you have ink, the go to a gift shop, or stop by The Midnight Sun and purchase a decal.

The application of henna paste ( which is a carefully crafted herbal dye made of powdered henna leaves, essential oils, herbs and spices ) requires time and attention by the artist.

It is easiest to apply to someone who is comfortable sitting still for a period of time. This henna was sprayed with a lemon sugar glaze, and will be well cared for the the customer who purchased the art.

The purpose of henna - the color of love - is to beautify. If you want to buy a cone of henna paste and drawn names on each other..... that may be the best way to get your quick fix, silly henna urge out of the way.  Namaste! 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Henna Tattoo - the "glove style" for the back of the hand

Here is a photo of a freehand henna tattoo that was inspired by the latest video posted to the blog.

I really enjoyed the teaching I received from the video, and tried to use elements of that design along with favorite elements from traditional henna tattoo.

One goal is always to create a pattern that flatters the hand... and on First Friday, to create a design that is easy to wear for the evening.

You will notice that I avoided doing a lot of complex henna tattoo on the knuckles. This will make it easier to get good color on the fingers as the design will not flake off as easily.

New to henna tattoo? Please be sure to read the FAQ page on my site. It helps you have the best henna outcome.


Thursday, June 02, 2011

First Friday • Henna Tattoo at The Midnight Sun

Do you love body decoration.. with no pain and no commitment? Them you might want to stop by The Midnight Sun this Friday, June 3, 2011 from 4 PM until.......

It's First Friday in Five Points. A great time to see all the new shops! See all the new gemstones and jewels at The Midnight Sun.. and adorn your self with henna tattoo.

The ancient body art of henna adapts well to wester culture, if you just are able to make a few momentary adjustments.

Henna paste goes on wet ( as seen in the picture ) and then dries to a wearable pattern that stays on the skin as long as you are able to keep some care not to brush it off too quickly.

The henna paste available this Friday is fresh ( 2010 crop ) Organic Rajhisthani henna, hand blended by Ann George of Spirit Vision Henna tattoo. In the spirit of Art Walks..... small hennas are $10. The more traditional designs start at $15 an each. Visit the FAQ page FMI. See you there.