* I revised this post a bit since the pictures disappeared and the overall layout was annoying me. Please excuse the awkward start–comments and suggestions are of course welcome.

my mehndi attempt (palm)

my mehndi attempt (palm)

I have all these crazy ideas for this blog and future projects and such, but I figure I should focus on my original goal–showcasing some art and craft (and food?) that I’ve recently created or contemplated.

So, I shall start by giving you the rest of the mehndi design series and sharing some thoughts about it.

I worked on these in my dorm room in my crazy pre-thesis state senior year. I was desperately in need of a productive and creative distraction and mehndi designs are the most satisfying craft I’ve found so far. They use soothingly repetitive motifs and can be as simple or complicated as I desire. Most importantly, after sketching out a basic outline I can spend hours filling them in and can really get into one piece without being stuck/blocked.

Paper is also easier to work with than actual mehndi on hands. The medium is less forgiving–I find it hard to make precise designs or fix blurry shapes using the thick paste. And it is difficult to plan a design that works with the shape and contours of hands. The designs I enjoy creating on paper don’t seem to work well on hands as you need more confident and bold strokes. Experienced mehndi artists impress me because they are able to create complicated designs (like the one below) consistently and quickly. And their work is gorgeous.

Beautiful and intricate mehndi design from my cousin's wedding

I think I’ll stick to paper for now, but would love to experiment more with mehndi on hands in the future.

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It’s a start

8 July 2008

Welcome to my new, exciting, and hopefully regularly updated blog.  I must admit that this whole blogging process is rather intimidating.  While visions of beautiful and witty posts swim through my head, they do not seem to want to land on the page.  Well, this is a start!

Although I played around with a couple of themes, I settled on a craft blog to motivate me to do more artwork this summer and share it.  I must warn you that it may suddenly turn into a food blog, as that is what I tend to read and daydream about these days.

Crafting has grown into a pretty big part of my life.  I still haven’t outgrown my fascination with packages of art supplies that span the entire visible spectrum and my first origami crane was a momentous occasion.  Sometimes when I haven’t colored or touched a gluestick in weeks,  I feel an intense urge to create something (preferably, something shiny and pretty) and will stay up many hours obsessed with finishing this project.

The picture above is an example of one of my favorite sketches (and one that inspired the header)  that I drew in a late-night creative session.  I’ll post the rest of the series and a description in a day or two.