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Some background about the artist Joanna... I have been drawing as long as I can remember. When I discovered henna body art, I became enchanted by the ancient art form. I am mystified by the ornate patterns, history, beautiful smell, cooling sensation, healing powers and the many different traditions and meanings it holds. I have been honing my skills on myself and friends since 2000. I am mostly self-taught through books, the internet, and lots of practice. As a part of my studies I traveled to Morocco and experienced firsthand a culture where this ancient art has been established for thousands of years. I also furthered my studies at numerous workshops held at the Las Vegas henna conference 2007. I continually pursue deeper understanding and skills in henna.
The henna paste I use is all natural, I mix it myself using fresh organic henna powder and the finest all natural ingredients. For pregnant bellies I simplify my recipe to include only the mildest ingredients. It always stains a dark reddish brown color, never black. I don't use black henna as it can be dangerous for sensitive skin. The pictures that look black simply have not had the paste removed yet.
I have done henna for bridal
showers, baby showers, belly dance events, ASU university, the Phoenix Tattoo and Body Art Expo, Macy's, the Phoenix Zoo, the Phoenix Children's Museum, the Science Center, the Tempe Art Festival,
parties, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, art festivals, proms and grad nights, many corporate events, Library programs in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler, back to school festivals, sweet 16 parties, pregnant women,
and one-on-one appointments. I am also open to traveling to the Los Angeles area for events.
Also available to give presentations and hands-on demos for school and library programs. Programs include a brief talk with a booklet to read along, and can include a tiny cone of henna for students to try it out themselves. I also will demonstrate small designs on participants.
I was recently interviewed for the ASU State Press, check it out here!
Call 602-432-3935 or email for more info and to book an appointment
I look forward to sharing the beauty of henna with you!
Many of the designs below are inspired by artists such as Catherine Cartwright Jones, Neeta Sharma, and Dorine van den Beukel among others...
|This diagram illustrates roughly what a henna looks like as it is born with the paste still on, turns orange then darkens to brown, ages and fades away to nothing.
The longetivity and darkness of each tattoo varies greatly and depends many things
including aftercare, skin type, seasons, chemistry, and the particular
harvest of the henna plant. The time period of the henna below was 2 weeks and 2 days,
only for reference and not a guarantee. Some last a week, some up to a month.
I work by appointment and I am often available on short notice... Try planning to receive your tattoo 24-48 hours before the time that you want to show it off most, as it takes that long to reach its full glory. The day before your appointment, moisturize your skin as usual, but on the day of your appointment have your skin be clean with no lotions or moisturizers at all, and be prepared to keep your skin away from water for 12-24 hours afterwards as the stain sets.
Jagua is an amazing natural and safe Peruvian fruit dye that works much the same way that henna does and lasts as long, but it is a blue/black color. It is the closest thing to that permanent black tattoo look that you can get that will last more than a week. The chest piece shows the color of the stain, the scorpion has the gel still on. Jagua is a gel that is applied and allowed to dry then left on the skin for 3 hours, then washed off. When it is first removed the stain barely appears at all, then it darkens over the first day or two. Hands and feet will get darker than torso skin.
" Thank you! You all did a fantastic job! I know the kids loved their tattoos. Thank you so much for helping to make their night a memorable one. I'm sure we will be calling on you next year to do it all over again...." ~Phyllis
“I love the henna art work Joanna did for my best friend and I recently - she is an amazing artist, and I would highly recommend her!” ~Karla
"Thank you so much for doing my henna belly tattoo last week! I love it! It was so much fun to have it done! I keep showing it off to people and I get the best compliments! You are truly talented! And really did a wonderful job capturing...me!" ~ Emy
" Everyone says you did a GREAT job... congrats!" ~Chris
" Love our tattoos! You were a hit! :) ...The henna tattoos are pretty and we are loving showing them off! " ~ Alyssa
"Thanks again for such a great job!" ~Missy
" Thanks soooooo much the party was awesome and everyone loved having you there, it was a sweet treat, the shower of my dreams." ~Dawn
I just wanted to thank you for fabulous job you did at our party on Saturday. I think we probably could have had you stay another 2 hours. It definitely turned out even better than I anticipated. Several of the people I work with were showing off their tattoos on Monday at work!!! My Tigger still looks brand new. So thank you again for the wonderful job that you did. I will definitely refer you to others." ~Bonnie
" Wonderful! It was great working with you at Arrowhead last time! This time I would like to actually be able to say hello! You were such a hit, that I felt like I had to wait in line to get a few minutes with you! :) Thanks so much! I look forward to working with you again!" Tiffany at Macy's
"Thanks so much!! My midwife came today and she was blown away she wants your contact info she will refer all her clients to you!! " ~Dawn
" ... your work is phenomenal! Everyone loved their body art. I will keep your number for any additional events I have planned, we had so much fun!" ~Chelei
" Thank you very much for the beautiful artwork on my belly. I love every bit of it and
" I love my tattoo. It has stained really nicely ; ) " ~Heather