Friday, June 28, 2013

A delightful and creative day!

The day's fun began with a yummy lunch at the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, just a short distance from both the school where I used to teach, and our lakeside 'camp'.  I was there with two friends/former colleagues: the wonderful high school art teacher (she's the leg on the left) and  'C' (the leg on the right), former 4th grade teacher and current middle school math teacher who you learned about in our prior adventures with henna, here, and here, and here.  Obviously, I am the leg in the middle on the top photo.
 Once lunch was done, we headed to the lake, where we spent the afternoon on the dock, sitting in the sunshine, sipping wine, painting our feet and legs with henna.  Does it get any better than this? 
Somehow a little henna also landed on my arm.  There has to be a dragonfly somewhere, right? 
And of course I took a few minutes to play around with some of the special settings on my camera. 
 
 
 We will definitely have another henna-by-the-lake session again soon!  Only next time we will use some NEW henna, so that the color will 'take' better. (My leg designs are a faded orange-brown color today, which doesn't show up well at all on my tan leg.  My foot looks a bit better, with the color a bit richer.  We need a new batch of henna!)

4 comments:

  1. How fun! I have never tried henna-but I am inspired. Maybe some of the other art teachers in my town will join me!

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    1. Go for it! The nice thing is that no matter what you do with henna, in a couple of weeks time it will be just a memory, all faded away. It doesn't have the lifetime commitment of a 'real' tattoo, and there's no pain or needles involved!

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  2. You said your henna was old. Had it been mixed for a while or your purchased it some time ago? I guess this question is really about shelf life. I know you can store it in the freezer for later but don't know how long it will be usable.

    Kim

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    1. We used three kinds of henna. One was actually new, the kit that you mix. That henna actually darkened up nicely, but only one person could use it at a time. The other hennas were more 'authentic' types - it comes in a kind of cone, kind of like a cake-decorating thing, where you snip the end and have more control over thickness and thinness of lines. It was purchased three years ago, and if you want to see how/why it was used, check out my links in this post. It has been refrigerated and used periodically since then, but it had dried out a bit and long outlasted its shelf life. We are purchasing new for next time!

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