I gave Audrey, Paige, and Caylee henna tattoos this past weekend. They turned out so beautiful!

Audrey's wrist: it means "Significance" in Mandarin.

Caylee. Bold. Elegant.

I love the elephant that Paige chose.

I’ve been researching Persian Henna designs. And this is the one I gave myself last night, inspired by those designs. I did these totally freehand. And then used the same elements to create the simpler one on the right.

Original Freehand design in the Persian Style

Click on the thumbnails to see the details up close.


My prof let us experiment with different media.

And this was one of my favorite pieces from the class.

“The Tibia; and sundry proximal, sub-cutaneous, inferior bones of the left lower limb.”

ink and embroidery thread on watercolor paper 8″x26″

Figure Drawing

November 2, 2010

Going back through my Drawing III portfolio. I was very proud of the gestural quality of these drawings.

Charcoal. Spring 2010.

Henna for Asia

October 31, 2010

I gave Asia a Henna Tattoo last week and it turned out beautifully! I was curious to see how the dye would interact with her skin tone.

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The green marks under the henna are from the watercolor pencil I use to sketch out the exact location of the pattern before I start applying the paste. Watercolor pencil is great for this because it doesn’t interfere with the henna paste, and comes off as soon as it gets wet.

You can see especially well on Asia’s hand that the skin on the hand is much more absorbent than the wrist. But the way the dye intensity changes is quite beautiful.

Check out other henna tattoos I’ve done!

Interested in getting a henna tattoo? Email me: ttoeelrac@gmail.com

शांति तुम्हारे साथ रहना

Peace be with you,



October 28, 2010

Why do they need to advertise a Psychic Fair? Wouldn’t the Psychics know about it already?

The other night at Old Navy, there was a full double rainbow, a full 360º of rainbow glory (2 rainbows x 180º = 360º. try to keep up.). It was so big, we couldn’t even fit the whole thing in the photo. We were almost as excited as that Yosemite Guy…minus the awkward moaning. That probably would’ve frightened off customers.

What can it mean?!?!

I imagine Mr. Double Rainbow’s reaction was similar to what Noah’s must have been. Minus the drug tripping of course.

Henna Tattoos

October 26, 2010

I’m a Henna Mehndi Artist! Getting a Henna tattoo is a unique way to wear art, celebrate an event, or try out a tattoo design without having to commit for the rest of your life. Henna tattoos usually last 2-3 weeks, but this depends on the location on the body (hands and feet always last the longest) and the way the henna interacts with your unique skin chemistry. Getting a henna tattoo is also an artsy, therapeutic way to relax and be pampered. Book me for your next Girls’ Night Out or Bachelorette Party!

One of my Henna Designs

Prices Guide:
hand: $30+ (palm or back)

thumb + forefinger: $20+
4 fingers: $20+
5 toes: $15+
10 toes: $25+
foot: $35+
pregnant belly: $50+
misc: $20+ (for a soupcan size tattoo)

*Prices listed are baseline prices. Larger or more intricate designs increase price.
*I use only Lavender Essential Oils in the Henna paste used for pregnant women.

*I use only Henna Caravan Fresh Henna Paste (which contains only natural ingredients, red henna, Lawsonia inermis, lemon juice, sucrose, and essential oils of Cajeput, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, and/or Lavender.) Henna Caravan Fresh Henna DOES NOT CONTAIN chemical dyes, PPD, preservatives or nut derivatives.

Would you like to experience Henna Mehndi? Contact me: ttoeelrac@gmail.com

Check out my Henna Mehndi Gallery!

Symphonies by Dan Black, who imagines his song as the opening credits to every genre of film out there.

Soon We’ll Be Found by Sia, who incorporates sign language (ASL) in this single from her album Some People Have REAL Problems. (yeah, I love the irony)

OK by Shitdisco, whose concept for this music video is better than just “ok.” I wish the same could be said of the actual song.

Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie, who makes every girl wish they looked this adorable and endearing while sleeping.


August 13, 2010

For years there was a warning sign, written in German, that hung in my Papa’s office (he’s an IT director). One day after having recently learned to read, I remember realizing it wasn’t actually German.

My father’s sign actually ended with the word “blinkenlichten.” Apparently, a similar plaque often graces the walls of German hackers. It reads:


This room is fullfilled mit special electronische equippment. Fingergrabbing and pressing the cnoeppkes from the computers is allowed for die experts only! So all the “lefthanders” stay away and do not disturben the brainstorming von here working intelligencies. Otherwise you will be out thrown and kicked anderswhere! Also: please keep still and only watchen astaunished the blinkenlights.

“cnoeppkes.” I’m not sure how I would even begin to sound that one out phonetically.

During Maymester, Dr. Sachs and I were comparing notes on our favorite linguistic books. Mine is The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod.

It is a whimsical collection of foreign words, phrases, and idioms that our lingual melting-pot of a country has remained tragically unaware. (btw, tingo is a Pascuense word (Easter Island) which means “to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by borrowing them”)

Here are a few of my favorites:

vokabulyu: (Russian) a passion for foreign words

kontal-kontil: (Malaysian) the swinging of long earrings or the swishing of a dress as one walks

begadang: (Indonesian) to stay up all night talking

murr-ma: (Wagiman, Australia) to walk along in the water searching for something with your feet

pulir hebillas: (Spanish, Central America) to polish belt buckles (to dance very closely)

And though it’s not a real a German word, I’ve added blinkenlichten to that list. Gotta love those Germanic cognates.

My Book-binding and Paper-making Class joined with the KSU Rare Books Collection and put on a show and opening reception on April 27, 2010 in the Anthenaeum at the KSU Sturgis Library.

The show itself (which will be on display till the end of the summer) showcased one of each of our books. For the opening reception, we brought out the rest of our books and visitors could put on the white gallery gloves and thumb through our creations.

Though I love sharing my art one-on-one, or in small groups, I don’t really enjoy these large exhibits. The introvert in me wants to just chill out in a corner and people-watch. The extrovert in me wants to greet everyone that comes in the door with “HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE BOOK ARTS SHOW! COME CHECK OUT MY BOOKS, I’M REALLY PROUD OF THEM!” This constant tug of war causes me much anxiety, and the introvert pretty much always wins.

My angst-ridden self was so happy when Wendy and the Ls walked in, and Wendy took some wonderful pictures.

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I do so love this artform.