SarahKate's Blog

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


  • 15 years of henna love

    I've kept a kind of digital scrap book of my journey as an artist and @mehndikajoeyhenna inspired me to open it up today and try to create my very first henna tattoo, now that I've had 15 years of experience. 

    Technically, this isn't my first henna, that had happened a day or two before, with several of my girlfriends on the beach (on the Big Island of Hawaii). We had passed around the little henna bottle that came in my all natural kit and adorned each other. I had never done anything like that and neither had they, it was a kind of rite of passage. Womens Circle Body Art.  

    I felt deeply inspired, so I took the kit back out, studied the example drawings, and created this henna tattoo. Over the next few days and weeks I kept practicing and experienced a wave of euphoria washed over me as I realized I had finally found my medium as an artist. Finally! 

    I was just 29 years old... So much has happened in the past 15 years... I feel so grateful to have crossed passed with henna, what a blessing! Thanks Joey, for the inspiration to rework this design and remember the first times with this art. 
     

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Mother Daughter Henna and Photos!

      This lovely mama and her daughters are part of my sacred feminine art project, which has been filling my life with such joy. There were 4 sessions total: one to adorn the mama, one to adorn the older daughter, one to photograph the mama nursing her baby, and another to photograph the whole family- but especially this mom and her older daughter. 


      It's really neat to hear what designs are important to young people and create art just for them.This sweet girl sat remarkably still and was a pleasure to be around! I love how many people I get to know in my field of work. This mother daughter bond was beautiful to behold. 

      The breastfeeding henna design incorporated an owl and quetzel, this mama's spirit animals. Also snowflakes, a ying yang and ivy. My studio in Louisville, Colorado is open year round for henna and photography! Contact me at skb@sarahkatebutterworth.com or text 303-345-1516 to make an appointment. 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Today's photography: a session honoring breastfeeding.


     I met this mama a few days before and created a henna design incorporating snow and ivy, and you can also see part of an owl's wing that is flying across her chest. I loved hearing about her design ideas and what these symbols meant to her. 


    Today for photos the father came and you can see his hand in this photo also, as he leans over in admiration. ~ Many blessings on this special bond. ~

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • December in Colorado ~ Celebrating Pregnancy

    Today's photography: celebrating pregnancy in December ! I love how Colorado colors change throughout the year, and near sunset it can feel so soft. I love the orange branches in the tree behind this lovely mama, how they curve to hold her. 


    This design really came out so magnificent with the central mandala surrounded by more flowers and leaves, embraced by ivy. This amazing mama brought along a special scarf that she's danced with and it was lovely to see it on her. Beautiful! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • A mandala that is snowflake-ish

     I am really happy with this week's pregnancy art ! This lovely mama requested a mandala and I was really feeling the snowflake proportions so I would say this flower is snowflake-ish. More flowers, leaves and winter vines fill up this belly with another freehand henna design. There's something so special about the feeling of unborn babies pressing up against me while I adorn their mother... dreamy... 

     

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Winter Holiday Window Art in Denver

    Hi, my name is SarahKate and I love to create art! Most of my art is henna body art, but I also love to draw - doodles, logos, murals - you name it. 


     This time of year finds me painting on windows with my paint pen at Larimer Square. As part of the Yuletide Christmas Walk I have decorated the windows of two stores, Aillea and Dog Savvy.  The designs are full of snowflakes, winter foliage, and some winter creatures.


       There were several other talented artists working on the other windows - I am excited to return and see all the finished art. 


    This art will be up all December, so come check it out! 

    See last year's art

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Henna Crowns


    Getting henna can be an empowering experience during a time that is often stressful. I listen to each client and create a unique design that fits the energy of what they describe to me. In this case, I incorporated the idea of healing waters poured upon her head. 


    When freshly applied, the henna paste looks dark brown. This paste is rubbed off, leaving a light orange stain to the skin that darkens over the next few days. This amazing mama returned to the studio 3 days after I had adorned her for more photos. She is beautiful! 

    Posted by   SarahKate

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