Copyright 2019 Opal Moon Henna, Tamara J. Brown
Using upcycled henna paste (no longer viable for staining skin), Tamara adorns candle holders, glass jewelry, lanterns, sun catchers, ornaments, boxes, lamps, mirrors, paintings and more. They began because of an obsession to paint watercolor on glass. Which did not work. Experimentation led to the translucency of rice paper and light-fast inks adhered to glass. Then embellished with intricate and interesting patterns using henna. This expanded to using the ink directly on the wood, also with henna patterns adorning the surface. Sometimes, inspiration comes from a design previously done on skin. Sometimes, it is found in patterns and shapes, symbols, sometimes in textiles, jewelry, architecture and more. The same techniques are used to embellish these items as as are used to create designs on people. Once hennaed, each piece gets 7 layers of sealants to keep the henna intact forever and ever. This recycling creates “permanent henna” that can be enjoyed for years.