wave that flag

The Curtis Memorial Library “How-To Festival and Block Party” was on Saturday, September 16th, and if you were one of the over 800 people who attended, you already know how much fun it was! The four-hour event was packed with activities such as face painting, bubble making, weaving, live music, and all kinds of different workshops which took place both inside and outside the library. The warm, sunny weather combined with the fact that Middle Street was closed to traffic made the atmosphere truly festive.

My table was set up right outside the library entrance, and my workshop theme was “paint a community prayer flag”. I had a huge stack of different decorative papers that were primed and ready to go, a big plastic tub filled with acrylic paints, and a large selection of brushes of all shapes and sizes. People of all ages were encouraged to (and did) participate, but it seemed like the bravest ones who stopped by were the kids! These did not look like what you would call “traditional” prayer flags, but the intent was very similar: putting out positive energy into the community and beyond. Here are some photos from the day!

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Did you attend the “How-To Festival And Block Party”? If so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments section!

hooray for henna

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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