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hooray for henna

Posted by Maria on June 29th, 2016

On Tuesday, June 21st, I had the pleasure of attending a henna tattoo workshop at The Painted Dog…and it was so much fun! If you haven’t been there yet, you ought to make the trip. The Painted Dog is an adorable little teaching studio, featuring work by Mandy Russell and Rebecca Sweek. Mandy teaches tons of different classes for both kids and adults (mixed media, watercolors, bookbinding, zendoodling, and much, much more), and Rebecca makes awesome waxed canvas bags. The Painted Dog is located at 13 Pleasant Street (just a few steps away from Curtis Memorial Library), inside a building called the Title Company (“back door, second floor”): it’s easy to find, and it’s easy to stay there, thanks to the inviting vibe!

 

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During this two-hour workshop, Mandy taught us the ins and outs of henna: what to look for in a powder, which ingredients and tools are good to use, how to properly mix and store the paste, how to apply it to your skin, and how to get the tattoo to last as long as possible. She conveyed a lot of information in a way that was easy to follow and understand, and everyone who was in the class (from henna novice to henna regular) learned something new…and then, it was tattoo time!

 

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After a quick search on Google Images, I opted for a lotus, and Mandy proceeded to work her magic on the top of my foot. I was thrilled!

 

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What a blast! I’m already looking forward to the next time I can play with henna. If you’re curious, you can read all about henna tattoos at Curtis Memorial Library; if you’d like an in-person experience with a skilled, friendly, and talented artist, Mandy will be giving henna tattoos on Friday, July 8th from 5pm-8pm as part of Brunswick’s Second Friday Art Walk (she’ll be in front of the Lincoln Building on Maine Street). Better yet, book her for a henna tattoo party: thepainteddogstudio@gmail.com! Please tell her I sent you!

 

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