There are a lot of great and talented artists out there, but you would never know it. Why? Because a lot of the time they don't claim to be artists. They doodle, draw, mess around with paints every now and then. They like to arrange random objects in cool ways. People closet to them recognize their talent and often complement them in their creativity. But, yet the artist (in denial) deflects by saying "Oh, I just do this stuff for fun, I'm not an artist or anything."
I can safely say, that artists' feel a deep connection with their work. They feel strong emotions while working on a pieces of art. To them it's more than paints, paper, wood, pencils, etc... It's a means of expressing who they are. In a way there work is a piece of them. And when a piece is finished there is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Some artists are brave enough to share their work with others despite feelings of vulnerability, while for others... it's a risk they are not willing to take. Just the thought of some one viewing their work negatively, keeps them from ever going far with there talent.
I've known people like this. I just wish that they could see that they are Great Artists. And people DO want to see their art. I wish I could have told them to not be afraid of others criticism. Because more often than not, people DO see the beauty of their art even when the artist, themselves, are their toughest critic. There is a saying that always sticks with me, it's, "What comes from the heart, is received by the heart." And if your art comes from your heart, others will receive it with their hearts.
I was scared at first, to show people my art work. I didn't want to show someone something that I had worked so hard on and they would say, "Oh...okay, that's kinda nice". or worse "What's so special about that? I mean I could do that." But I felt like I should take the chance and put it out there for people to see, and I am happy that I did. I think back to conversations that I had with my Grandmother. She never felt like her work was good enough to sell. She didn't think people valued her skill. I wish I had some pictures to show you all how GREAT her work was! She was Amazing! But at least to my knowledge, she never sold any of her work. So I wanted to take it to the next level (in a way for my grandmother). I inherited this beautiful gift and I want to do great things with it inshAllah (God willing). I want to show others and myself that, you are valuable and that you shouldn't let fear keep you from taking the next step.
I want to end this blog with words of encouragement :) Your creativity doesn't have limitations, unless you, yourself, make them. So don't be afraid to share and try new things. Learn and Grow. Look for inspiration everywhere in Allah's (God's) creation. Don't worry about how many people like your work. Do it from the heart, and love what you do.
I hope that who ever reads this, finds inspiration from it. Thanks for reading :)
The 2014 Beleza Artistica Collection is here! It took many months to do, but Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) it is here! It's been a long time coming mostly due to the fact that I am an already busy person and that I just couldn't stop the creativity from flowing, lol. I would keep going to the craft stores and seeing all these things that I could do and make. I have always been like a kid in a candy store when it comes to arts and crafts.
So yeah, I just put up a load of pics in the picture section of this website (go check it out, if you haven't already :)). If you see something that sparks your interest, feel free to send me email at email@example.com.
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I remember the first type of henna that I ever used... It was super hard to squeeze out of the cone. It had a dry texture and had a weird smell and the stain wasn't worth while. But despite these really frustrating obstacles, I kept on trying and working with what I had. I tell you! The henna cones that I had made me want to cry, lol. I used to watch henna tutorials and I used to see how silky and smooth their henna paste was and used to think, "Man, is my henna normal?! I just bought a whole box of this stuff! Urg!!!" But I just said, "Hey, I'll work with what I got for now. I'll look at it as hand exercise, lol". As I became more familiar with henna through Youtube videos, I found that the henna I was using was old and had lots of chemicals in it.Then I came across a couple of videos on how to make your very own henna paste and henna cones and why it is better to do so.
At that point I started to understand that I'd be better off making my own. So I went to my local international market and bought what I thought at the time, was one of the brands of henna powder that I saw in a henna tutorial. I also went and got some lavender essential oil and some other ingredients to make my own henna paste. I got it home, mixed it up, let it dye release, and boom! There was my henna paste! I was so happy! I rolled up a henna cone and filled it up with henna, I cut the tip, squeezed out the henna and it was so smooth and silky just like the ones I saw in the youtube vids. It also had the most beautiful smell, with a cool relaxing feeling on my skin, unlike the other premade henna cones I had bought before.
So now I knew how to make my own homemade henna, I was finally able to pull off more detailed henna designs and achieve a richer henna stain. But I still had a few issues with the henna paste. It kept clogging up the cone frequently. Then I found out that I was using Henna meant for hair, which had a lot of tiny stick fragments along with tiny bits of henna leaf. So I tried to sift them out using various methods but to no avail. Then I went online and bought some Body Art Quality Henna Powder. That made every difference in the world for my henna cones! And I was able to achieve an even darker henna stain that lasted longer when I used it with cajeput oil.
It's funny to me how long I kept going with those poor quality henna cones! They used to cramp my hand to (almost) arthritic proportions. But I was determined to get it right and to keep trying. I almost gave up, but here I stand today, happily doing henna. I love doing henna as I have mentioned many times before. And I want to encourage anybody out there that really wants to accomplish something, to keep going and to not give up just because it feels like it's going to be hard. It can be done as long as you keep the momentum going. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Come again soon ;)
When I first got into henna (which has now been a year ago, wow!) I watched Youtube videos and learned many different styles of henna and the basic elements of those styles. It was so cool and calming watching people do henna and it was just as fun to do henna myself.
I like to just let my creativity flow when I am doing henna. 99% of the time I don't plan out what design I am going to do, I just do what feels right. Also, when I just let the henna flow, it's almost like a surprise at the end like, "wow this actually turned out pretty nice". I found I do my best work off the top of my head, lol. I mean, people love things that are original, right, lol.
I look at henna as more than just the stain that you get at the end. I look at it as an experience. The cooling feeling of the henna paste on your skin, the pleasant scent of essential oils and henna, and that feeling of being pampered. So let that henna flow guys! You'll only get better from here :)
Oh, and Beleza Artistica now has a Youtube channel. Keep your eye out for new videos and projects. Thanks everyone.
What's up everyone! It's been a little while since I've blogged. But nonetheless, here I am, yay!!! I just decided to take a little bit of a break to take care of family business, because even though I love doing henna and being creative with my art, Family comes first.
I'm doing a bit of tweaking to the site, updating things, trying to keep it fresh. I've been working on some new boxes and canvas bags. I will have pictures up soon. I also have some more projects coming soon.
I have lots of ideas that I plan on implementing in the near future. Hopefully 2014 will be a fun and productive year for Beleza Artistica!
2013 has been a good year for Beleza Artistica. I've sold a few boxes, have do a few henna parties, events and have even participated in an exhibit at Regis University. I'm very grateful for all these opportunities that I have had to get Beleza Artistica out there. But more importantly I'm grateful for everyone's support. Thanks Guys :)
I'm gonna try to keep the good stuff coming. Keep your eye out for new projects, henna designs and more!
I just want to remind everyone out there about the
dangers of "Black Henna". First off, Henna ain't black ya'll. Black Henna is
mostly comprised of PPD (Paraphenylenediamine) and having little to no, real
henna in it. IT IS TOXIC! It gets absorbed into your blood stream and can cause long term
kidney and liver damage. And you can also have allergic reactions to it that
cause weeping blister and ugly scars.
Just because you have got "Black Henna" done a couple of times and haven't
noticed your body reacting to the "Black Henna", doesn't mean that there's no
damage done to your body on the inside. Be smart, Don't play with your
I posted some pictures here that I found on Google Search Images of black henna scars there kind of gross but that's the point. You can see the blisters as a reaction to the "Black Henna". There is also a video from youtube about black henna that I have below the pictures.
Stay away from black henna!
I recently typed up an information and aftercare handout to give to my clients so that they know how to best care for there henna designs and know why it is best to use freshly made henna as opposed to the pre-made henna cones that are imported from overseas.
Information& Henna Aftercare Tips
A good henna artist knows
exactly what goes into their henna paste, because they make it themselves. It's
made fresh with love, care and patience. They also know that using natural and
safe ingredients is the best way to go.
used in Beleza Artistica henna paste: Jamila
Body Art Quality Henna Powder, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Cajeput or Lavender
freshly made henna cones are better
Pre-made, imported henna
cones, that you get from your local international market, may give you a quick
stain (some say , you stains in under an hour), but most likely it is because
there are chemical and/or dye
additives in them. Needless to say, this is not natural and could be harmful for
your skin. Not to mention they
don't always give the greatest henna stains. Also you don’t know how long the
henna has been sitting on the self before you buy it.
With fresh natural henna paste, getting a beautifully natural dark henna stain takes a bit more time, but can last longer, and is completely safe to use on skin. In buying my henna powder, I know the year the henna was harvested. That way I can insure that the henna is working at it’s optimal strength. When using the freshly mixed henna paste, you can rest assured that the only dye that’s going on to your skin is the one being released by the henna leaves.
Tips On How To Get The Darkest Henna Stain
1. Make sure the skin
(intended for the henna design) is clean and free of lotions, oils and any other
such products, so that the henna paste can directly touch the
2. Once henna is dry to the
touch, but not yet cracking, apply a lemon-sugar mixture, right on top of the
henna design with cotton balls or cotton swabs (Beleza Artistica can offer this
application, free of charge). This will help protect the henna design as it
dries and aid in the process of darkening the henna
3. Leave the henna paste on, for as long as possible.
At least 4-6 hours is recommended. 8 hours to overnight is preferred. If
you like, you can gently wrap your henna design in gauze or tissue for further
protection and especially for overnight sleeping w/ henna paste on (you wouldn't
want henna paste crumbs all over your bed sheets :) ) You can also use plastic wrap and/or a sock over your
4. After the henna paste has
been on for 4-8 hours (or overnight) remove the dry henna paste by gently
picking off the paste or rubbing it off with your fingers in a circular motion.
DO NOT use water to remove the henna paste, it will ruin the stain and make the
design fade quicker. After you remove the henna paste, apply Shea butter,
Coconut oil or Olive oil, this step is highly recommended, as it aids in
protecting the henna stain so that it may darken the henna stain
5. If possible, avoid direct contact with water on the henna
stain for 12 hours. But, since for some of us, that is very impossible, just
make sure you put Shea butter, Coconut oil or Olive oil on the henna stain
before you use water. Also try not to use harsh soaps (or soap in general ) or
anything that exfoliates the skin, on the stain for at least 12 hours, after
that, you can live life as normal again :)
The henna stain gets darker
even after you remove the dried henna paste, as it oxidizes. With proper care,
the henna stain can get to a deep red color (with really good care even an
almost black color, on palms). Henna stains are always darker on palms of the
hands and feet where the skin is thicker and lighter on the backs of the hands
and arms and legs where the skin is thinner.
Henna stains are at peak
color, 48 hours after removal of the henna paste and take anywhere from a week
to two weeks to completely fade away.
It really all depends on how well you take care of your henna
It is my hope that these tips can help you get the darkest henna
stain possible. And I hope that
you enjoy your henna experience as well :)
Well, it been just about 4 months since I started my little business. It's been challenging trying to figure it all out. Getting all my social networking in order and keeping the my website current and interesting and finding time to make more ART. But it's been fun as well. Its also been a somewhat healing and emotional boosting hobby. I can't wait to see where else Beleza Artistica will go inshAllah.
I've sold quite a few of my pieces, YAY! I've put most of my earnings back into Beleza Artistica to keep this train moving. I have a few projects I'm working on and I have many more idea waiting to be put on a medium.
Hopefully, I'll get more customer/clients around Eid (an Islamic celebration, marking the end of the holy month Ramadhan). Summer is still somewhat young and I want to take advantage of that. There are a few more festival and the Mile High Flea Market that I would like to work. InshaAllah (god willing) it all pans out.
Anyway, I'll catch ya later :)
SubhanAllah (Glory be to God), I didn't expect my that I would have this many inquiries on my pieces so soon! But hey, I'm not complaining, lol. I just gotta keep up with the pace of things. I hope that Allah (God) blesses my little business. I really have been enjoying my time making these works of art. It's been a journey in rediscovering myself and my love for art. And knowing that other people share this love, is just great, Alhamdulillah (All Thanks and Praise belongs to Allah) .Thank you to everyone, who has given me, words of encouragement, advice, love, and your business :)
Here are some of the henna vids that inspired me. Oh, and if the music annoys you on some of these vids the just mute it and keep watching, that's what I did ;)