Nambah Coffee on D Street held its first henna and wine night last Friday featuring henna artist Tyler Morgan.
About 20 people attended the event, which cost $20 and included one drink and henna art supplies for DIY temporary tattoos.
Morgan taught participants how to work with the natural dye. Using a practice sheet, they traced patterns, including arcs, paisleys, snails and petals.
R&B music played in the background while participants sipped wine, beer and margaritas.
The calming scents of eucalyptus, and lavender mixed with the natural henna wafted through the air.
“This is the best smelling henna I’ve ever encountered,” said Monica Sanchez, a marketing director for NBC Universal, who attended the event.
Some participants struggled at first with creating the specific shapes. Morgan encouraged them to keep it simple and to have fun making their own creations.
After practicing on paper, participants painted henna designs on one another.
“I think everyone starts off by judging themselves (then they) let loose,” Morgan said.
For his first time teaching this workshop, he was pleased with the results.
“It was very therapeutic and relaxing,” said Brooke Farrar, Nambah manager. “If you let yourself lean into it, it starts to become very peaceful and you can just enjoy making art without thinking about it.”
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