About Hennaed Artifacts
As a Professional Henna Artist,
I love to create custom pieces on skin for my clients.
But what's a gal to do when the creative faucet is flowing
and there's no skin available?
Must. Henna. All The Things!!!
I use upcycled henna paste (no longer viable for staining skin) and adorn candle holders, glass jewelry, lanterns, sun catchers, ornaments, hennaed paintings, boxes, lamps, mirrors & more. I use the same techniques to embellish these items that I use to create henna designs on people. Once hennaed, each piece gets 7 or more layers of 3 different sealants, because I'm fastidious. It's a double whammy where recycling creates "permanent henna" that can be enjoyed for years! Yay!! All items are signed and dated, if possible. You know, for when I'm famous.
How did I start adorning things?
I *love* to mix henna designs with vibrant, happy colors. Mmmmm, color!
It began with a long-standing interest (obsession?!) of the idea of watercolor on glass. Which did not work. sigh Experimentation led to using light-fast inks on rice paper, then adhered to glass, then embellished with henna designs. Shazam!! I found my combination. I branched out a little to doing the inks directly on wood, and that just makes my heart sing. Hopefully yours, too!
Where do I come up with the designs and patterns?
Sometimes, inspiration comes from a design I've done on skin and want to explore more. Some from found patterns and shapes, symbolism, motifs that I borrow from jewelry, textiles, architecture and more. Some show up in my brain at 3 am, and I must run for the sketchbook!