I'm always trying to think of new ways I can use my henna designs. These henna mugs are my latest idea. I hand painted the henna designs on with ceramic paint and then fired them.
I'm selling these mugs for £9 with an option of free personalisation - I can paint a name on the back of the mug. I also offer a free gift wrapping option making these mugs perfect presents.
They are available in my Etsy shop, click here to see them: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JensHennaArt
As I’m always telling my customers, the longer you leave the henna paste on, the darker the stain you will get. However after a certain amount of time the henna design will start to dry out and flake off by itself. Leaving the henna on until it flakes off will give a reasonably good henna stain, but if you’re after a really dark stain you need to leave it on for several hours.
This is why I now offer all my customers the choice of using a henna sealer spray which keeps the design on the skin for longer. This can be sprayed onto the design as it is drying. It’s made from sugar, lemon and essential oils which also help to darken the stain.
I tend not to use the spray when outside at festivals and events in the summer because I worry that the sweet spray may attract bees (maybe I’m just worrying too much! It’s never actually been a problem). It’s perfect for indoor use. Everyone who books an appointment with me will be offered to use my sealer spray on their design for no extra cost.
I’m also selling bottles of my henna sealer spray in my Etsy shop for £4. Here’s a link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/177677326/henna-design-sealer-spray?ref=shop_home_active_1
I’m excited to let all know that I’ve got a new product in my Etsy shop. It’s a henna tattoo design transfer kit. I’ve created it because I’ve had feedback from some customers saying that they find freehand henna designs tricky when they first start out. I’ve been doing research for quite a long tim now into whether it’s possible to make transfers, so people can simply trace a design and then henna around the outline.
I’ve now finally found an option that works great and so I’ve created this kit so anyone can try it out themselves. It includes a real hectographic transfer pencil, which is sourced from a good tattoo supplier (beware most of the hectographic transfer pencils sold online are fakes – I found this out for myself the hard way!). It also contains 4 a6 and 7 a7 transfer sheets - you can reuse the transfers as long as you store them properly.
I’ve also thrown in a couple of my design sheets (9 designs) so you have some designs to start out transferring with. The great thing about this kit is that you can literally transfer whatever design you want.
I hope that some of you find this helpful. I’ll upload a video soon showing the method.
Here’s a link to the product in my etsy shop:
I'm always trying out new ideas about where I can use my henna designs. These henna cards are the latest addition to my henna crafts.
I made these hand printed cards based on one of my henna tattoo designs.
I will be printing them on many different coloured cards soon, but for now this Green and Blue version is availiable in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JensHennaArt
Most people are aware that Henna (or Mehndi, as it's known in Hindu and Urdu) has been around for hundreds of years, but not everyone is aware that it's actually been a staple tradition in the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Africa for some 5,000 years. Nobody can be certain of where Henna originated, but some documents and research suggest that it may be as ancient as 9,000 years old.
There are lots of interesting facts about Henna, but here's one you may not be familiar with: with its impressive list of attributes, Henna is synonymous with cooling people down. In fact, people of the desert have used Henna for centuries to cool their bodies during the intense heat of the day. First, a paste is made, then it's applied to the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Applying the paste is said to work wonders, and cools the skin for as long as the henna stain remains. It was this idea, in Henna's infancy, which led to the revelation that the paste left behind a stain ideal for pattern-making.
Here's another intriguing thing: the mummies of Egypt have been found wearing Henna designs, and according to legend, even Cleopatra was a fan of this artistic medium!
I've recently been building up my henna candle collection, ready for Christmas sales. It's a fun and relaxing craft to do on a rainy day.
I can personalise all my candles to order, so they can make a great present. Please get in touch in you're interested.
I've had a few queries over the last couple of months over whether it's possible to henna dark skin.
The answer is - Yes! it's possible to henna all skin tones, henna comes out the same colour on all skin types but this does mean of course that there won't be as much contrast with henna on very dark skin.
This means that it's fairly important to pick the design carefully. Because there is less contrast you don't want to go for something that is really intricate, as the delicate lines may not stand out enough. Bold desings tend to work better on dark skin - this is reflected in the bold and striking henna designs of some of the African countries.
So to anyone with darker skin that is thinking of getting a henna tattoo - go ahead! henna can look amazing on dark skin, but give some consideration to the design. If you'd like to book an appointment with me I can help with this.
I recently had a message from a client who I had done a henna design on in the summer. She said that she went out to a party the same night as getting the henna and was bitten mercilessly by mosquitoes everywhere except the area where the henna tattoo was. She asked me if this was a coincidence or whether henna really does act as an insect repellent.
I was quite surprised as I had read a lot about henna but never heard anything like it, and so I did some research. I couldn't find anything about the henna powder itself having any such qualities but after looking up the other ingredients that I use in my paste I found that clove oil is often used as a natural insect repellent.
So it seems I've found yet another surprising benefit of henna tattoos!
Diwali, or the "festival of light", is a Hindu festival which takes place over five days which fall between mid-October and mid-November. The festival celebrates the victory of good against evil, light against darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
For Hindus this is one of the most important festivals of the year. It's also one of the most well known religious festivals in the UK becuase of the huge fireworks displays that are associated with it.
It's also traditional during Diwali for women to get henna designs on their hands.
I am now taking booking for henna appointments for Diwali, in London and Cambridge. I am based in Palmers Green, North London.
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