I have been VERY busy with parties, private appointments & events this past week! Here is a small sample of the henna I’ve been doing for groups, a Sweet 16 party, brides & proms. I have travelled from Farmington Hills to Jackson, Michigan and locally here in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti & Saline. Hope you enjoy these recent photos.
Here are two new designs. One for the hand and one for the foot. Both are utilizing shading for the flowers.
Simple Henna design for foot
Henna Hand design, for palm
This is a drawing I did last night and colored it in Photoshop.
This is a design I did on my own hand of paisleys and flowers. A design I particularly like. Its combinations of inspirational photos.
Today, I met with the lovely Natalia to do a henna photo shoot. She was an amazing model and I just loved every minute of getting to work with her.
The two designs on her hands were inspired by the book “Traditional Mehndi Designs” by Dorine Van Den Beukel. Her feet are original designs by me .
Natalia's Hands and Feet Design
Natalia's Henna Foot Design
Natalia's hands, inspired by bridal designs
These two designs were both custom designs I did. The palm is more of a circular, geometric pattern & the top of the hand is an organic shape.
Circular henna pattern
Henna paste removed. 24 hours later.
Organic henna pattern on top of hand.
Experimenting with two tone designs. The flower in the center was done three days ago. The design around it was done last night. Then this morning, the flower was touched up. The result is pretty interesting.
I really love how red this henna comes out. Also I should note, the paste was only on my hand for 1.5 hours. I added some lemon juice to the dry paste and let it dry again, then a half hour later I removed the paste. The henna still took so well for just an hour and a half.
Here’s a henna foot design. Something simple, but cute. Great for a summer design.
For a client in Dearborn, Mi
Here are two recent henna design. For the first one, I couldn’t wait for my older henna to completely disappear before I decorated my hand again. =-)
For the second one, I just snapped a quick picture in the kitchen before I went to work at the Henna booth in Briarwood Mall.
The weather here in Ann Arbor is beautiful lately. I love being a henna artist here in Michigan. When I worked in Florida, I really missed the season changes. <3
Today I did three new bridal henna designs. These are original designs. They each took about 35 minutes to do. I really love doing intricate work. It really lets me be more involved in each piece.
From The Henna Page
“For the bride, the mehndi (henna) day is a very important day. The house is decorated with flowers and filled with friends and family members and there is music and dancing. The bride’s feet and palms are decorated with beautiful, intricate henna designs. As the henna artwork signifies the strength of love in a marriage, the bride makes an effort to keep it on as long as possible. The function ends with friends and family sitting down to
an extravagant dinner”
Here is a label I drew a few years back for an Alkaline Trio compilation for a friend.. too bad I labeled it before I burned the CD, then when I burned it, there was an error. SO the CD has no music on it, but it still looks pretty neat 🙂
Its a little monster jumping for an ice cream cone. – enjoy
Here is an original henna design by me. It has paisleys, flowers and accent lines. Its on my arm and I’ll be sad when this one starts to fade.
P.S. Its a beautiful day here in Ypsilanti !
Hello everyone! There will be a few updates to the site coming up!
This Friday and Saturday I will be at my henna booth at the Michigan Roots Jamboree Festival in Riverside Park in Ypsilanti!
“The Michigan Roots Jamboree is a two-day outdoor music and art festival showcasing the finest talent the midwest has to offer. This exciting, family-friendly camping event will bring together both local and regional acts on two stages in beautiful Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. From rock to bluegrass to jazz and funk, The Michigan Roots Jamboree has over 25 acts providing something for everyone to enjoy. Sponsored by the Depot Town Community Development Corporation, all proceeds from this non-profit event go to support our local parks and improve community spaces. ”
To prepare for the event, my lovely friends have been gracious volunteer canvases.
Here is a traditional henna design on the top of my hand.
A paisley design on Megan’s foot.
And another traditional design on Emily’s palm.
Hope to see you this weekend!
Hello Crafty ladies & gents. Here are some recent henna designs I have done.
I have also included the how to care for henna instructions that are a collaboration of many sources that I have found most useful.
Henna looks different on everyone. Body , temperature and location ont he body have a lot to do with how dark the stain will be. Drier skin on the hands and feet stains much darker than the softer skin on the upper arm or back. Henna stains are darkest during the first 5-7 days, then gradually fade. The following are some steps you can follow to ensure a nice stain and get the most from your Henna.
1. Leave Paste on for as Long as possible
It is recommended to leave the paste on at least 5-6 hours or more. Leave the paste on overnight for best results. The longer the paste stays on the skin, the darker the stain will be.
2. Heat and Moisture Help
The warmer the body temperature, the faster the henna will stain.
3. Wrap it up
You can wrap the are with an elastic bandage, paper medical tape or toilet paper. Wrapping isn’t required, but it helps conserve heat and moisture, which help to make the stain darker. It also protects sheets if paste is left on overnight.
4. Remove the paste
Don’t use water. You can use lemon juice or olive oil to remove the paste. You can also gently scrape the paste off or let it fall off naturally. Try not to get the area wet for at least 6-12 hours after paste removal although waiting a full 24 hours is best. The longer you prevent the area from getting wet with water, the better. The design will be bright orange at first then gradually darken to brown. Henna stains take 48 hours to develop.
Apply some kind of natural oil or butter after the paste is removed to protect henna design and prevent exfoliation. A lot of store bought moisturizers contain chemicals that can prematurely lighten the stain, so its best to use something natural.
6. Avoid Friction
Exfoliation of the skin is what causes henna to fade. Excess washing and friction from clothing will make the stain fade faster. The less you touch the area, the better. Wear gloves when washing dishes is the design is on your hand.
Please remember, henna body are is not an exact science. Everyone stains differently due to countless variables. If you follow the above guidelines, your henna stain should last 5-10 days depending on body location and aftercare.
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Every Friday until the end of August you can come to my Henna booth for body art!
Come to the Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival for music, fun and art.
Photo Credit : Artist Kelly Caroline, left, paints henna on Desiree Meisner of Ann Arbor during the Crossroads Summer Festival downtown Ypsilanti on July 16, 2010. The festival features live musical performances every Friday through August. Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
“Come join us at the Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival on Washington Street, between Pearl and Michigan Avenue for an all new line-up of great live musical entertainment. Opening acts especially are family-friendly and we encourage music lovers of all ages to attend.”
Here are a few recent henna designs I have done.
This is a floral hand henna design on Desi’s hand
This is a varied version of the octopus on Chelsey’s arm
This is a freestyle henna design on my leg. I did this while watching Ben Hur for the first time. =)
and this is Devin’s hand . It was a blurry picture, but I had to have it because Chelsey is nuts.
Thanks to these lovely ladies for their modeling assistance <3 <3
come on guys! I need some male models
Three more henna designs that I’ve done lately.
*foot kindly modeled by Sarah Erwin
Today was a lovely day, mainly because of Judah, but the weather was so nice here in Ypsilanti. One of those days where the clouds just are picturesque.
Judah was being a really happy baby.
He loves his reindeer to chew on.
and to be without a diaper. – But Seventh Generation Diapers are the ONLY diapers to buy! Fragrance & latex free! They’re amazing.
Have a Lovely Day! – its easy, don’t try too hard <3
I set up my henna booth at the Crossroads Music Festival here in Ypsilanti on Friday. Its a weekly music festival that is free to the public. Vendors can come and set up for $10 and do as they please. Its so wonderful to get to see what Ypsi really is all about – music, diversity, art & conversation. I got to meet so many nice people and Nathan, Judah and I plan to be there every Friday until the beginning of Fall.
Here is an octopus I did on my upper leg for fun and to get my hand muscles back into working order. It took about 45 minutes, 60 minutes including the 15 minute break I took. The design was inspired from an online photo.
Here is the photo of the stain it made after the paste was removed. There reason why its not as dark as my henna usually comes out is because of the place on my body where I did the design.
This photo is three days later after the henna was first applied. You can see it has gotten even darker. Henna designs get to their darkest stain 48 hours after the paste is removed.
Just a tip : to keep your henna design longer, apply a waxy balm to protect the area daily and before you get it wet. I prefer Mama Bee Belly Balm ( that I had left over from my baby being born )
Last night (the night before Father’s Day), I wanted to do a little something extra for Nathan since it was his first Father’s Day. I had already gotten him a few other small things he wanted like a white replacement jewel for his Fender Hot Rod Deluxe to be like the White Lightening.
So I got out some supplies and made a simply mounted photo
* 2 designs of complimentary scrapbook paper
* clear tape/mounting squares
* recycled picture frame
* favorite photo
and viola! Very simple, lovely gift your Father of choice can have at his desk at work, in his office or in his home.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all Dads, Moms, Grandpas, Uncles, Big Brothers, Sisters – anyone who has been a teacher or inspiration to a child!!
Here are two new henna designs I have done lately.
on Shalisa’s leg
I am totally blessed and happy with my life. Of course there are ups and downs, but there are too many wonderful things to let anything keep me sad.
Life lately has just shown me how truly grateful I need to be for the big things like my supportive husband, perfectly healthy happy baby boy, my humble house, my working legs & arms and the smaller things like the flowers I planted outside, chocolate milk, carpet and stickers.
There are few better ways to enjoy your life than to inspire others to a appreciate theirs, too.
Here are some recent pictures of the garden and life around here lately.
This is a red poppy. I love that its such an intense color, but its less than paper-thin and fragile.
a sprig of blueberries that are coming in nicely
The strawberry plant that is roommates with the raspberry bush.
Wildflowers from the garden. Also, this is a great holder for flower. I made it with a regular teacup. The teacup I got for Mother’s Day. (this would make such a cute gift!)
Today, Shalisa and I went flower picking in my garden this afternoon. It was the perfect day to use the new watering can. This is what we came away with.
Enjoy your day!
Today I woke up to find these three Katie Brown “cozy mugs”, as I call them. Nathan surprised me with them and this great ceramic square plate to house them. I wanted one for Mother’s Day, but when we got home, the mug we thought we got wasn’t in our bags 🙁 .
But today he got me two others, along with mine, so I can have two friends over for tea! Wanna join me? ? 🙂
Chamomile anyone? <3
Judah and Nathan
They are the best thing I could imagine. <3
*Kelly* – happy & blessed mommy