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Henna Drum inspiration

Happy Easter! We are having the most stunning Autumn weather. Endless blue skies and just the right temperature! Perfect for a long weekend and we are loving it.

This week I sorted through the piles of debris on my desk and looked through my most recent journals. I try to do this periodically as I often have half-formed drawings and ideas that for whatever reason I didn't proceed with at the time. I found quite a few gems that I'll be working on further - so fun!

This drawing was one of my discoveries which needed to be finished and shaded. The design is a riff on Jane MacKugler's Henna Drum pattern - I may have been working on it as a possible idea for the H instalment of my A-Z journal (my long, long, long term project.....hahaha) - I ended up going with Hepmee for whatever reason. iteration of Henna Drum veers off track with additional scrolls and the flowers have changed into daisies which are tucked into every possible crevice, the sneaky things! I really like how it came out :)

Have a great weekend!


  1. You are so skilled. I loved the way you worked on henna drums, giving it your own twist.

  2. Gorgeous - and I love the way it sets up it's own contrasts of dark and light. Wonderful variation of a familiar tangle!

  3. Jane's tangle Henna Drum is one of my very favorites. I'm delighted to see your take on it, Helen! Your imagination always fuels mine so I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of my pen when I play with varying it. :)

  4. Dear Helen, your mind is so amazing. I love Henna Drum but I would never have thought of doing this. Thank you for your guidance and helping us to experiment. ♥


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