SarahKate's Blog

Enjoy a magical trip through the imagination of SarahKate and the women she paints.


  • I first met this mama in 2015 when she came in for nursing henna and photos. It was great to catch up with her again and met her new baby! He is just 2 1/2 months old and so adorable.... more photos of him later! 
     
    The design started with a request for the tree of life, the Acacia tree. As I looked through my pile of inspiration she spied some giraffes and requested that they were included. And so the art began! 2 hours later I was blow drying her. 


      The nursing session was about a half hour, and we got a lot of GEMS! It is so powerful to witness the act of breastfeeding. 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Snowy January moment

    Today's snowy weather reminded me of a snowy January in 2016, when Jennifer came to our studio for her 2nd pregnancy. It was an especially fun henna since her sister Erika was present too.


     Erika has been a long time supporter of the local mama community with her amazing birthing classes based on the philosophy Birthing from Within. She is one of Artfull Mother's Community Partners, read about her here.


    There was fresh snow when Jennifer came to the studio and we bundled up to photograph her outside in the Colorado wild... near Walden Ponds in Boulder. There is something really special about fresh snow! 


    I loved how the photos came out, and used them in the 2018 Winter issue of Artfull Mother. This magazine was such a massive creative endeavor and lasted for 13 glorious issues (3 years). They are all available to read online at ArtfullMother.com, check it out!  

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Today's henna art was a 2 hour chest piece, stretching from shoulder to shoulder. Design request included her totem animal, the wolf. This art is part of my project about Sacred Femininity and I was thinking about showing this aspect as I drew out the wolf with henna. What a powerful ally! 

     Many animals were discussed to potentially include, and in the end, I added 3 more birds, including crow. It feels so powerful to adorn women with their spirit animals and hear the stories behind why it's important to them. 


      This amazing woman has lived in Boulder for 20 years and we honored the love of Boulder and outdoors with a depiction of the Flatirons among the flowers. As is true with many people in Colorado, we both feel a strong tie to the ocean and I loved included waves of water in the design. 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Photos from 9 years ago...

    Recently this cute baby photo came up in my "memories" on Facebook and sent me on a journey of reflection! This image was taken 9 years ago when I was just starting to get serious about photography.


     I was about 2 years into my art project honoring pregnancy with henna, and would later publish this photo and many others in my first book Blessed Belly Blessed Baby: Honoring Motherhood with Henna Tattoos. Volume 1. Here's a link to preview or purchase the book! [http://www.sarahkatebutterworth.com/blog/books]


      This art project has brought my life such meaning! Even though I have completed that series (with 6 volumes) and created a magazine focused on motherhood with 13 issues (Artfull Mother) I know there is another pregnancy & baby book in my future. 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • First henna of 2019~ celebrating pregnancy

      Here's my first henna art for 2019! This shows the henna paste freshly applied, with the orange looking color being a very thin layer of henna. I love those little details....


      The request included a large central flower and so I began with that. This sweet mama reclined a bit in the special chair in my home studio, and shared about her pregnancy as I adorned her. I love hearing each woman's unique story. 


     Book your date by emailing me: skb@sarahkatebutterworth.com

     

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • This is technically the last henna of 2018! This lovely mama came in for my Sacred Feminine Art Project and as we looked through ideas for art that felt right for her, she saw this lovely concept of foliage flowing over the shoulder and across the chest. 

    With this request in mind, I created a unique design using my current favorite way to draw leaves. We were both so happy with how it came out! 


    This henna looks black, but it just the color natural henna looks when it's dry. I only use my own hand mixed paste to create henna designs - henna powder, lemon juice, sugar, and essential oils. 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • The best of 2018 - SarahKate's henna art

    This time of year I love to look back on all the art I did, and what an abundance we have in 2018! According to instagram @artfullmother had these as the top 9 images:

    My favorite canvas is still the pregnant belly, and I adorned over 70 pregnant women this year! I tried to pick my top 10 but got a little carried away... here's my top 27.

    In the past, I've created 6 volumes of art around pregnancy, check them out! And 13 issues of a magazine for focused on motherhood: Artfull Mother. 


     I have met so many outstanding women in our local mom community and it's been wonderful to be embraced and encouraged. 
    Thanks to everyone who has scheduled time with me to get henna! 
    Thanks to everyone who follows and likes my art work!
    It's because of you that I can live my dreams!    

    The Sacred Feminine Art Project continues, but I'm not ready to share my top 10 or really any of my favorites - since this project does involve a lot of nudity. However, here are some of my favorites that I've shared online in 2018. 

    Posted by   SarahKate

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