Friday, April 13, 2012
I believe fully that true artists are innovators, not afraid to try something even if the outcome could ruin the piece they tied to create. The fun is not only making something wonderful, it's the journey of experimenting and forging new paths while creating.
Do not be afraid to make a mistake. Do not be afraid to play and have fun!
Several years ago I was asked to write a henna craft book for one of the popular henna publishers. I worked on that book for two years. Relentlessly reading forums and asking questions. Experimenting with recipes, techniques, sealing methods, and surfaces.
As I researched and wrote I noticed several things. I started to dislike crafts, it was no longer fun like it was. People were very angry at my answers to their questions, even though I had done my homework on the subject.
In the end I told the publisher I could not do the book. After all the work I had put into it I realized that a craft book, while cool, would halt my learning process. I decided instead to start this blog so I could write what I had learned and could continue to update as I learned more.
Writing a book would have been for ego. It would not have helped make creators just replicators. ( Not that I have anything against replicators.)
Do not be afraid to push the limits. Do not be afraid to try somethings and invent something new.
Be an artist, be an innovator, be unique. Don't be afraid to fail! Some of the greatest innovations were made from mistakes. Don't be afraid to be a little silly and to have fun!
( One of my favorite henna pieces was done by a dear friend. She henna'd a piece of cheese. Yes, an actual piece of cheese ( Kraft single if I remember correctly.) )
Please never forget that henna is about feeling good, creating beauty, making other people feel good.
with happy thoughts go create something wonderful...
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Raina Lehto from Zhashki Henna was kind enough to share her recipe for a kickin resist past for Henna!
Raina, I love you, thank you so much for sharing this with us!
Flour. I used whole wheat, Raina used bakers, expiriment and see what works.
Elmers Glue. Raina uses white glue, I used gel glue, both worked.
Mix some flour and lemon juice into a container until you get a mashed potato consistancy. Add glue until you get a texture you can work with. ( careful to make sure you mix out all the clumps of flour.)
Pour mixure into a cone or jac bottle.
Apply your design to skin using the resist paste.
Allow to paste to dry completly.
Smear an even coat of Henna over the design area. You do not want too much or too little henna. I applied a glob and smeared and skimmed it over with a spatula. Like doing drywall
, but on skin.
Allow the henna to dry completly, 4-8 hours is best but since the Henna is thick you can do less time and get good results.
Scrape off the henna and resist.
Follow usual aftercare
Tahdah, you have a kickin resist design.
I warn you, this method is really addictive and fun to play with!
Don't forget to head over to Raina's site and show her some love.