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HENNA PAINTING OF OBJECTS 

Cara offers bespoke

hand painted henna drums

See my gallery here

please message me

to see what I have in stock

ready to sell

I have ready painted sacred drums

available most of the time 

I can also source and paint a drum

with a bespoke unique design

for you from £75 upwards 

OR 

I can paint your own drum

contact me for more details 

 

CARA CAN PAINT THE FOLLOWING HIDE AND LEATHER ITEMS

  • natural hide skin drums (cara cannot paint acrylic or vegan skins) 

  • natural hide rattles 

  • light / tan natural leather objects without a waterproof finish, such as natural leather bags, belts, shoes, hats etc 

  • CARA WILL SOON BE EXPERIMENTING WITH WOOD AND FABRIC APPLICATION  

 

YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING

  • INSPIRATION Cara will require the following from you:

  • SIZE how big or small you would like your design 

  • PLACEMENT where you would like your design to be 'to and from' 

  • SYMBOLOGY what you would like represented and drawn onto your drum, please be as specific as you can and provide Cara with visual images (photos) of the components of your design ie: lotus, ankh, etc 

  • EXTRA NOTES: Cara only works with symbols of light 

  • PAINT TECHNIQUES all painting is freehand and may have ‘perfections within imperfections’ as this process is one of a kind and freehand drawn.  A Henna line is usually 2/3mm thick and may bleed further in rare circumstances.  Please be aware of this an factor this in to your design.  Cara can 'block colour' areas on your drum also, these areas may have patchiness which is a natural occurance with natural paints on hide   

  • COLOUR is usually a lovely very dark burgundy brown colour and rarely turns out light.  There may be colour and shading differences in the painting over an items surface 

  • DURATION OF STAIN designs may need reapplying after some time, like all porous surfaces designs can and may fade 

  • CREATING A MORE PERMANENT DESIGN If you would like to make a painted design more permanent, you can spray the head with an artists’ matte fixative at your own risk and may affect porosity of leather or skin items 

  • DYE Cara prefers to use an iodine and henna paste which turns out instantly dark, this paste is made in a water base and when dry the paste peels off (staining and reactivating also) once removed the design is pretty safe but do avoid contact with light fabrics as the design could transfer.  This method may leave a halo of colour around a design which is totally normal and varies vastly upon the item being painted.  all items are gently wiped clean with water and cloth to remove any surface excess paint.  The paint may bleed through to the reverse side on some thinner items painted ie: you may be able to see the design on the other side of a drum head where areas are more transparent on leather.  Cara can use a traditional Henna Dye upon request which will have a lighter more orangey brown stain than the darker Burgundy Golecha Dye  

  • REMOVAL OF PAINT cara has to use a flat metal scraper to gently remove the dried paint from an item.  cara is not liable for any damage this may cause, especially due to prior wear if an object.  so far the dried paint has been safely removed from nearly every object apart from 2 drums which had weak spots in the skin head so please check your drum for any weak spots before you have a drum painted 

  • ITEMS WITH PROTECTIVE COATINGS not suitable for highly oiled or coated items or drums as the stain may adhere patchy such as waterproofing, saddle oil etc 

  • YOU AGREE TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HENNA'ING OF YOUR ITEM AND ANY ADVERSITY IT MAY CAUSE Cara is not liable for any adverse change of an item from painting OR change of tone or sound of a drum from painting it . all painting of items it entirely at your own risk  
     

 

FEES

PRICES start from £45+ upwards for designs, if you require pre-design of your drum artwork this is extra to cover design costs and postage is also extra   

£45 small improvised henna (at a festival) 

£65 large improvised henna (at a festival) 

£80+ plus postage fees for work carried out via post 

  • POSTAGE FEES you agree to cover any postage fees.  Cara does not cover import / export fees, any fees incurred from shipping your drum are at your own risk and you agree to pay them . Cara is not liable for any damage of your drum when in transit, please ensure you cover your drum with insurance if posting 

 

CHECKLIST BEFORE PAINTING A DRUM 

  • ensure skin is clean and free from any oils 

  • check skin for any potential weak spots checking thickness and durability of the skin 

  • check edges of drum for any weak spots 

  • decide what and where design will go safely 

 

Caring For Your Drum

Your drum is a living being, honor its spirit with love and respect.  

 

  • work ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ your drum allowing your drum to lead you, it will teach you so much 

  • connect with the tone and full skin, how your drum sounds in each and every area of the head and where voice tones change or merge or amplify called the ‘sweet spots’ 

 

Adjusting a Drum skin & tone 

The natural law of skin drums is 

  • WATER EXPANDS When it is cold, warm it gradually, you can tighten up a drum head by using the heat from a hair dryer about 12” from the drumhead, some people warm their drum skin near a fire but not too close.  When damp or humid protect the tone by storing your drum in wool, cotton or a custom drum bags. 

  • HEAT CONSTRICTS  in hot or dry climates spray water on the drum or place a slightly damp cloth or paper towel on the drumhead before you wrap it in a towel or drum case.  If hot, cool slowly.  You can bring the tone down (loosen) by spraying water on the drumhead

Always take your time and be patient if you need to restore your drum’s tone before playing. Allow yourself time to adjust the tone with water or heat using the above methods to loosen or tighten a skin 

 

Cleaning 

clean

 your drum by rubbing gently with a slightly damp cloth and allow to dry fully in a warm area 

condition

your drum skin with a natural oil, shea butter or saddle soap on the head and lacing

Protect 

your drum head by keeping it wrapped, face up, never placing anything on its skin 

 

Store drums 

wrapped in a cloth or bag, facing upwards, or hang on a wall in a warm and dry place.  

  • Keep your drum away direct sunlight

  • store away from gas, oil, fire or radiator heat sources which can dry the skin and possibly split the head

  • Dont leave in a hot car

  • Don’t leave in damp or moldy places 

ITEMS AND DRUMS ARE USUALLY PAINTED WITH THE FOLLOWING STAIN
 

GOLECHA SKIN DYE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS 

COLOUR: DARK BURGUNDY 

CONTAINS: HENNA AND IODINE DYES WITH NO PPD

CAN YOU REMOVE THIS PRODUCT QUICKLY? Within first day NO, after first day a better chance of removal 

IS THIS PRODUCT IN DATE? YES, WE ONLY USE FRESH SKIN DYE


INGREDIENTS:

water

henna

erythrosine red (organic iodine pigment containing 58% iodine

eucalyptus

guar gum

phenonip (oil soluble paraben based preservative)

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS
- Allow to dry fully this will take overnight 
- DO NOT SMUDGE WHEN WET !

- When fully dry Peel off the top layer of skin dye very carefully avoiding remoistening or dragging the dried paint  flakes.  Use the blunt end of a teaspoon or rounded non serrated end of a butter knife, or use a credit card edge, use a tool that will not damage the surface of the area you are removing the dried paint from  

- Avoid removing paste with water (if paste comes into contact with water it will smudge out or run)  

- When all of the top dried 'henna' layer is fully removed Gently wipe the area quickly with a damp cloth or baby wipe, if the dye starts to 'halo' (smudge out) use another wipe to remove as quickly as possible.  Do this fast (do not clean with water slowly) 

- The Golecha stain will be quite dark.  Golecha skin dye will stain the top layer of an item and may fade in time.  You can set theis design on an item using the method listed above   

KEEP DRY OR WET PASTE AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT MAY STAIN 

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE FOR DARKNESS OF COLOUR OR STAIN DURATION 

THERE ARE STRICTLY NO REFUNDS FOR HENNA 

KEEP PASTE AWAY FROM SENSITIVE AREAS, EYES ETC 

DO NOT INGEST THE PASTE 

KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS 

CARA CAN ALSO PAINT OBJECTS IN TRADITIONAL ORGANIC HENNA PASTE 

This stain will require at least 24 hours on the item 

This stain will be lighter than a Golecha stain 

THis stain may last longer than a Golecha stain 

Ensure the surface is much lighter than the expected colour before proceeding

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