EBSQ Friday Five

Running in the Holly by Harlan

1. Harlan’s needle felted creations always make me smile and this one sings of the holidays.

2. Illustrator Kelley McMorris shares an excellent tool to help you price your art – Toggl.

3. The Huffington Post has a list of the 30 Best Art Books of 2013. Have you read any? Would you add any?

4. Creating Good Art Karma is another invaluable article, and a must read, on art marketing from EmptyEasel.com.

5. How Our Camera-Phone Nation is Inspiring Artists – “Now that everyone is a photographer, artists are redefining what photography is…” I would love to know your thoughts on this article!

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EBSQ Live Studio – The Art of Applying Henna

This demonstration was originally presented by Wendy Lea Feldmann on 17 May 2010

Ken’s Green Man in Henna – Wendy L. Feldmann

Henna as Body Art – It’s Fun to Draw on Your Friends

I. Henna Through History

II. Henna Mixology

a. Acidic

b. Sugars

c. Oils / Terps

d. High Quality Henna

e. WendyMehndi’s Henna Recipe

III. Applying Henna

a. Body Art

b. Hair Dye

IV. Henna Safety

V. Henna Resources

I. Henna Through History

Henna has been found throughout history. The mummies of the ancient Pharaohs show traces of henna on their hair and nails. Henna is included in many ancient rituals and ceremonies: weddings, circumcisions, births, and other rites of passage and celebrations. Henna has enjoyed a resurgence as an art form in the west, thanks to prominent flashes of it among celebrities in the media.

Although henna has a rich past with many customs and traditions, it is also a contemporary art form. It’s fun and easy, and any wild mistakes will wear off in a couple of weeks, and you can start again. Henna can be used to “test-drive” an actual inked tattoo, or just as a temporary form of expression.

The plant, Lawsonia Inermis, is of the Myrtle family, and is found in arid areas including India, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, northern Africa, northern Australasia, and Egypt. It has traveled along the Silk Road, and spread all along the borders of the Black Sea.

II. Henna Mixology

There are as many many varieties of henna recipes. The secret to good henna application is having the right ingredients and the correct mix. It’s kind of like a science project.

Lemon Juice, essential oils, high quality henna, and sugar

Henna will stain keratin, a fibrous structural protein, found in hair, nails, hooves, horn, as well as skin and leather. Henna will also stain wood, wool, egg shells, silk, and turtle shell.

For body art, the ingredients are simple – something acidic, something sweet, and “terps”, which are essential oils with a high monoterpene alcohol content. This magic combination sets off the dye reaction, freeing the lawsone molecule from the henna leaf and allowing it to bind with keratin.

[read the rest  of The Art of Applying Henna at EBSQ]

TONIGHT is EBSQ Live- Mehndi: The Art of Applying Henna with Wendy L. Feldmann

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Wendy L. Feldmann
Monday, August 23rd at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Ken’s Green Man in Henna – Wendy L. Feldmann

Come learn a little about the history of Henna arts, Henna Mixology (the secret is in the mixing!), and safe application of Henna, as well as how to avoid unsafe practices masquerading as “henna”.

“WendyMehndi” the Henna Faerie (of Waltzing Dog Studios) is a Henna Artist, Glitter Artist, and Face Painter (among many other artistic disciplines). Dressed outrageously, she can be found delightedly drawing unique freehand designs on people using natural henna, body paint, and glitter. When not decorating and enjoying people, Wendy works in fibre and other media. She lives in Orange County, North Carolina with her husband and children as well as their dogs and cats.

August’s EBSQ Live: Mehndi – The Art of Applying Henna with Wendy L. Feldmann

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Wendy L. Feldmann
Monday, August 23rd at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Ken's Green Man in Henna - Wendy L. Feldmann

Come learn a little about the history of Henna arts, Henna Mixology (the secret is in the mixing!), and safe application of Henna, as well as how to avoid unsafe practices masquerading as “henna”.

“WendyMehndi” the Henna Faerie (of Waltzing Dog Studios) is a Henna Artist, Glitter Artist, and Face Painter (among many other artistic disciplines). Dressed outrageously, she can be found delightedly drawing unique freehand designs on people using natural henna, body paint, and glitter. When not decorating and enjoying people, Wendy works in fibre and other media. She lives in Orange County, North Carolina with her husband and children as well as their dogs and cats.

Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday: Harlan

Team EBSQ-Etsy is proud to present this weeks Featured Friday store Harlan’s :

Kris Jean: Take a private tour of “The Intimate Forest”, with pause and awe for nature as only Harlan can present it. Her amazing giclees are professionally printed to the highest standards, and worth every penny.  With her needle felted creatures, whether it’s a commissioned cat portrait, or a chicken pin cushion – she brings a wonderful sense of whimsy, a beautiful aesthetic,  and skill that are so delightful – you feel you must own one of her pieces.

Heide Hibbard: I am a proud owner of two of  Harlan’s giclees and one of her Prittens – felted kittens. I noticed that she has a sale going on her giclees right now and the prices are fantastic. Harlan is a complete perfectionist when it comes to her specifications for printing of her giclees so you can be sure each one is flawless. If I could, I would like to have about 50 of Jeanne’s Prittens; they are so precious, soft and one-of-a-kind. I hope to eventually get a custom pritten of our barn cat because I know she will labor to make sure that she has captured every detail.
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April Showcase Schedule:

March 7th-13th suggestions
March 14th-18th voting
March 19th-31st posting
April 3rd Showcase runs.

Also don’t forget to pick up your store badge!

Mod – Team EBSQ-Etsy

 

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