or, 'I love henna, now what?'
'Dreaming In Henna' artist, Sandy Rippetoe leads a special workshop at Alchemy
Slowing Down to Go Fast
Remember the coloring-book craze? Did you fall in love with coloring all over again? Super satisfying, right? You wanted quality tools, lovely artwork, maybe wine, maybe tea...
That same chemical cocktail that gives you deep, meditative satisfaction happens when you slow down, attend, live in that gentle moment and let it flow: with coloring, zentangle, and henna.
And if you truly set aside the time, maybe even create a ritual of it, you'll find that by moving slow, you can go fast. Slowing down, really noticing the pull of the paste on the page, the way the henna extrudes, the way the lines change with a change in pacing and pressure - -
Sandy offered some concrete and easy suggestions on creating a space, in your home and in your head for practice your way; plus offered ways to structure / not structure a daily practice to stay interested, and even push yourself out of your comfort zone, and find inspiration.
During the workshop we discussed the value of making a pleasing practice of henna 'play' in order to improve skills.
So if you love henna and don't know what to do next, I recommend Sandy's workshop on creating a practice that gives you satisfaction and growth in your skills!
The next workshop is on developing a practice with Mandalas which gets at two ways of practice: focused and unfocused (stream of consciousness). Registration HEREsquareup.com/store/alchemyhenna/item/mandala-may
Sandy is the owner and chief artist at Dreaming In Henna. She specializes in Bridal Mehndi, and is super passionate about the benefits of a daily practice (and walking in the woods).