Wednesday, August 24, 2016

City Market -Henna

Mehndi at City Market
It was my first experience ever visiting the blocked off street in downtown Edmonton. As I drank my morning coffee, I admired the diverse vendors that scattered 104 street & 102 avenue. It was comforting to watch the young families who came for food and enjoyed the live musicians as their children danced around the center square.  Many who came to get fresh produce from local farms. The live acoustic artists performed covers by The Lumineers, Oasis, Radiohead and much more. 

I had the opportunity to converse with dog, ferret and parrot owners who brought them along for a stroll. It was an excellent day to do live henna with no cloud in the sky. Educating locals about the services and products makes what we do so enjoyable. If you have not checked it out, this is a small taste of what Edmontonian Culture is all about.

Make sure to pay us a visit! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Henna Kraft

Practice makes perfect.  And continually practicing henna will help an individual achieve their henna goals. 

Today, we will share with you some henna done on kraft paper.  These are small motifs that have been applied to paper using older henna paste. 

Practicing on paper, or an acrylic template are the best ways to perfect a skill or technique without having the henna stain the skin.  You can also use practice cones on the skin (practice cones have low dye quality because they are older henna paste and will not stain the skin as well as a fresh henna cone would).

 These practice motifs are part of perfecting gulf henna skills.  Gulf henna designs are marked by unusual placements, juxtaposition, repetitive patterns, and the use of bold and fine lines. 
Have you been practicing your henna skills?  Share your skills with us on social media @HennaArtCanada

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Posing for Bridal Henna

Although you might be getting married, or have a client who will be getting married in the near future, one of the most important things about bridal henna (for the artist and bride) is to take a photo. 

Bridal henna photos are really important for the artist for a few reasons.  First, they are capturing the art that they have just spent hours working on--unfortunately, this form of art is temporary and walks away from them when completed, so it's important to capture the art with a photo.  Secondly, the photo becomes part of the artist's portfolio.  This gives future clients and brides a variety of designs to select from that are the artist's own work.  This also allows the artist to reflect on the design, self critique, and compare application skills from the past and future.  Another reason taking bridal henna photos are important is because the client is capturing the moment in time when she had her bridal henna done.  With all the traditional Indian wedding festivities, it's important to capture one of the major events that kicked off the entire celebration.  With all the other festivities, it's easy to sometimes forget the timeless beauty of bridal henna--thus taking a photo is a great reminder of that time. 

So what can you do to make posing for bridal henna easy?  Here are a few tips for bridal henna poses.

1--relax your hands and feet.  Don't make your hands and feet tense--it shows in the photo.  Be natural, but also posed.  Keep your fingers together, relaxed and palms open.  This hand position makes your fingers and hands look graceful and long, and really help the bridal design stand out.  Hold this stance throughout the henna party, so that others who are taking your photos can have the whole look. 

2--when photographing your palms, try to keep them as close together as you can.  This helps to capture the palms in a single photo frame.  With the palms together, you are also able to capture the details of the design, without having too much background distractions.

3--when you are standing up for a photo, be sure to relax your shoulders and bring your arms in.  Yes, you have henna all over your hands and feet, but there is no need to have your arms sticking out.  You want to make sure your bridal henna photos are graceful and capture the essence of bridal henna in that one shot.  Relaxing and bringing in your arms will allow the photographer to also capture some of your outfit or background.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sanj's Bridal Henna

Bridal henna and the mehndi party are one of the first events in a major Indian or Pakistani wedding (sometimes, this is preceeded by the "engagement" ceremony a day or two before the wedding festivities kick off).  We were lucky to have an easy going bride for a beautiful bridal henna session last month.

Sanj came into our studio for a quick consultation.  We went over how the bridal henna application would work, design ideas and did a quick trial for her.  Sanj was super quick at choosing a design for her bridal henna.  She chose her hand and feet designs from Bridal Inspirations Volume 1 and asked us to create something unique for her palm.  Her one request was to incorporate a bride and groom in the palm of her hands. 

Sanj wanted her bridal design to be beautiful, but not over cluttered.  She wanted lots of white space and wanted to keep it pretty simple, but still going up to her elbows.

Her feet designs were pretty intense.  Again, this design from Bridal Inspirations Volume 1 gave her exactly what she wanted--simple, bold, balanced.

Our bridal artist, Kassidy, was hard at work, making sure to give attention to all the details of the application.

A unique thing that we do for bridal henna sessions is add matching glitter and stones for the henna day. The glitter and stones are temporary, and just for fun--to match the bride's outfit for the bridal session.  Sanj had on yellow, green and maroon so we made sure to incorporate those colours.