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Dye Release Times for Different Henna Powders

By | September 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|

It has come to my attention that there is precious little information out there about comparing dye release times of different henna powders, at least for body art use. Apparently most of the info out there is for mixes for hair, which do include things like apple cider vinegar (which body art mixes don't use [...]

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The Henna Artist: Designs inspired by the book by Alka Joshi

By | August 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Meeting Alka Joshi I had the pleasure of meeting and doing henna on author Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, at the Spring Fling Henna Conference. She read an excerpt from her book, which we all enjoyed. She then told us about how it was basically her exercise in writing an storyline for how [...]

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Walking as Creative Practice: Sights and Sounds (Video)

By | July 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Week 3: Sights + SoundsThis week, I took my normal walk through the park, this time focusing on both the sights and sounds around me simultaneously. I recorded these three short videos that feature prominent man-made landmarks within the park...including the fences and the farm animals kept inside them (no groundhog this time - goats [...]

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Walking Sonic Meditations

By | July 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

There were three major sounds I kept noticing on my walk this week - cars passing, my own feet, and birds. When I think about past walks, all I really remember are the sounds of the birds, probably because that is what is more sonically unique to me. I hear the sounds of my own [...]

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Thriving Artist Book Club: Know Your Value

By | December 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

First posted on blog and facebook: December 21, 2019Announced via email: Monday, December 30, 2019Discussion on Facebook group: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2pm EST First, a bit on the Thriving Artist Book Club:We will have a live discussion of the book three weeks after the book to be discussed is first announced via email. Thriving [...]

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August Moon Festival – Quincy, MA – Best of Boston

By | June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In celebration of doing henna for the August Moon Festival in Quincy (voted Best of Boston in 2018!), I am happy to share this collection of moon-inspired henna designs with you. This is every single henna design I have ever watermarked and saved to my computer with "moon" in the file name. I hope that [...]

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Rosie the Riveter – as a Pirate!

By | April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Meet Rosie the Privateer! You can think of her as Rosie the Riveter - as a pirate. The inspiration for this watercolor painting came from listening to The Pirate History Podcast. The host, Matt, was talking about how the mostly-male pirates were very often busy sailing and looting, away from shore for long periods of [...]

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“The Periwig” by The Dandy Highwaymen

By | January 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

lyrics by Peter Nulton (and Alexander Pope)   Twere ‘bout three years ago In the coster market I was down upon my luck Looking for a little racket When I spotted the mark It a right honored sort of prig Twas magistrate, a judge N’his accustomed robe and wig That periwig would fetch A fetching [...]

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Rainbow Brite Henna – ’80s Nostalgia Time!

By | November 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

As a child of the '80s, I have loved Rainbow Brite forever. I was her for the first Halloween I can remember, complete with a *very* convincing handmade wig my mom made out of a yellow mop. I had the themed birthday, books, doll, and probably more . It was the number one consumer culture [...]

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Pegasus Henna Design

By | April 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

My friend Giuliana challenged me to do a pony henna. So I did this pegasus. I kinda dig it. I recorded video while doing it, which ended up not being only a pegasus pony henna how-to, but also a demo of how to do open five-pointed stars. There sure are a lot of stars in [...]

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