Real Henna

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My hand holding little, tattooed feet of my doll Lavanya.


My hand and feet in henna.


Me, having my feet done by Kree.

Ok, let me explain. Recently, I had a meeting with two curators of the Artful Henna group exhibition which I am taking part in this August in Seattle, USA. I will make one tattooed, porcelain doll for sale, and will provide more details later down the road. Anyway, they came down to Vancouver to meet up for lunch and discuss the details of the show, and it turned out that both of these ladies were traditional henna artists themselves, and offered to put some henna on me! Naturally, I agreed.


It was so interesting. I’ve never seen henna done in real time, and I couldn’t believe how quick the design materializes in the quick minds and fingers of the artists. I felt very pampered, like I was in a spa. And even though I had a tonne of work planned  for that afternoon, I cleared my schedule and took the rest of the day off to curl up on the couch with some fruit tea, watch a movie and take a nap while henna dried on my skin. What a pleasant day it was. For the next week wherever I went, everyone was complimenting me and asking me if I had gone to an Indian wedding. I loved the designs on my hand and arm so much, that I even briefly considered having that tattooed. But I don’t think I can go through with it. I’ll just make another tattooed doll instead.

I’m getting it done again this summer when I go up to Seattle for the show. I’ll be able to wear sandals when it’s warm and show off my feet too.

32 Responses

  1. Eiko says:

    That’s such a lovely design. I really like the design on your feet. What a cool experience.

  2. Rachel Bjork says:

    I bet that was soooooooooo relaxing! A real tattoo isn’t so relaxing!
    But they are beautiful and I would love to see similar designs and colors on a doll!

  3. Hazel says:

    Oh my! That is absolutely gorgeous!
    I’ve had henna done on myself before, but nothing this intricate!
    What a fabulous afternoon you must have had. :D

  4. Jenny H says:

    How beautiful! How long does it last? Great to see you getting some pampering Marina after all your hard work!

  5. ~Jenny~ says:

    Lovely design! I remember letting a henna artist from India try henna on my hands. I was so amazed at the speed the lady was working in. It was a rather simple design with only the typical henna colour (reddish brown) in caomprative to your colourful ones. At first I thought you made the henne/mehndi yourself. I wouldn’t be surprised if you did because some of your own designs have me think of henna/mehndi. The henna on the toesies is so cute! =D

  6. kelly says:

    How beautiful! I love how the designs are asymmetrical and how they flow from one element to the next. I bet that was fun!

  7. Annina says:

    wow i love that design on your left foot (the right one on the foto), how very cool, and fun to have it done for the show again, a real size henna tattooed doll! :)

  8. Jean says:

    the smell of henna is kuinda weird me and some friends once made some henna tattos but they where not THAT beatyfull!

  9. ziggytaku says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEh!!!!!!!!!! you will come in Seattle EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh you guys who vont to have a tea party at my hous ???!!!! no for real !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and yes i love the henna art to so rich wow!

  10. Sandra says:

    What a lovely design. Theses henna artists are very talented !!
    I don’t really know how henna works but does the colors stay on skin or diseappear after a shower ?
    Like Annina, I love your left foot henna, it’s gorgeous !

    I’m impatient to see the new tattooed henna doll :)

  11. Sarandipitty says:

    Wow, they did a really good job. But I guess of all the people, they should know what they are doing. ;) I have heard of different colors and hues of the henna in the red/black ranges. Does the blue/green/purple stain as well? They really brought it to a whole new level with the punch of color. I had this done when I was a teen at my friend’s house. Did you have to pat the designs with lemon sugar water too??

  12. Margarita says:

    Wonderful! It’s such a treat to watch henna tatoo artists at work and such beautiful work at that!

  13. Linda says:

    I am so happy you got to experience henna art. Now you may understand how very special I felt when I was doing chemo for breast cancer.
    There are several henna artists that donate their craft to cancer patients up at the Seattle Cancer Hospital.
    You are now part of The Fellowship of Henna!! Enjoy!!

    Linda :)

  14. Linda says:


    What show is this going to be in Seattle in Aug.??? Kree is an awesome henna artist. She also donates her time for cancer patients.
    For those of you who want to learn more about henna…actually anything you EVER wanted to know about henna. go to
    Its a wonderful site.

    Enjoy & thanks

  15. Tammi says:

    You are an amazing artist, your dolls are brilliant. So glad you could enjoy the art of henna from wonderful henna artists.

  16. Henna? This is really really cool. I once came upon a diorama all in 1/6th scale. It was a spa for pregnant women. All the dolls had henna on their bellies and limbs. It was really great. Unfortunately, I can’t find the link. If I come upon it, I’ll forward it to you.

  17. Melanie says:

    What outstandingly beautiful henna!!! Kree’s work stopped me dead and I have ogled it and ogled it, she has bestowed such beauty upon the humble foot!!!!!!

  18. Orangey says:

    Wow, that is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors. Incredible~

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