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More Fan Art from Children of the Tiger!

kishandren_amulettsPurenightshade drew me this wonderful cross-over piece of Amuletts and her character Kishandren showing off in their gorgeous red dresses, as worn by Amuletts here and Kishandren here.  Together I’m sure they’ll turn heads!

You should check out her comic, Children of the Tiger, because it’s totally cool and stuff.  Right now it’s heroes are preparing for an elaborate deception and a daring rescue!

CAPTION:

Amuletts: “You stole my clothes!  Now I have to wear this!

(If the joke is too obscure I refer you to Kishandren’s previous cos-play. Coincidence that Amuletts has not been seen it those clothes since it happened?  I think not)!

Pg 31: Adorably Chivalrous

This week in Epic Fail: Dirk goes to see Amuletts to ask if he can accompany her on her ‘shopping’ trip.  He believes she will simply steal what she wants if he is not there to supervise.  Amuletts interprets his concern as adorably chivalrous.

Creator’s Commentary: I actually drew this page a while back, when Tinuvielle had just met Yoru, but then I realised there were explanations needed that could not wait.  So this page got moved back.

A lot of the comic so far has been just talking, and I keep trying to think of new ways to make the frames interesting.  Having the characters do something whilst they talk is one way, so here we have Amuletts applying her make-up.  Yes – it’s different than normal, she does that occasionally.  Not to mention I wanted to show that it is make-up an not a permanent tattoo.  She always favours red and black colours because they are the colours of Loki.

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Dying my hair with Henna

Before Henna
Before Henna
After Henna
After Henna

After much deliberation I decided to take the plunge and Henna my hair. I ordered 400g of Henna from a reliable seller on Ebay and ended up using 250g on my hair.

I mixed it up in a great big pudding bowl with orange and lemon juice until it was a mashed-potato consistency, then covered the bowl with cling film and left it to sit for around 16 hours. I added more orange juice to thin it, wrapped a sheet around my shoulders that I usually use for painting, and started glooping it on my hair.

I started at the back and tried to section it out as much as possible. It got tougher the more hair I added until it just became a muddy mess. I rubbed my fingers through it trying to massage the henna deep into the hair and glooped more on until it was thickly covered. Quite a lot of it splattered about and I ended up with henna on my face a neck which stained them orange for a while, but that soon disappeared. Unsure as to how evenly I had applied it I figured I’d done the best I could so I wrapped my head in cling film and proceeded to wait for four hours. I just drew and did computer stuff as per usual. I had to stuff the edges of the cling film with tissue paper to stop liquid-henna running out. It felt really warm and heavy on my head.

After four hours I ran a bath and soaked my hair in it. It helped get the majority of the muddy henna out and I showered the rest, washing my hair with teatree shampoo as I normally do but with extra conditioner. I figured all the henna was out when the water started to run clean. So I got out the bath, towel-dyed my hair, and ran off to my D&D game. I didn’t get a proper look at it til afterwards.

As you can see it is quite a difference from my dark-blonde hair!  I’m pleased with the colour. I had worried it would look orange but it is definitely red! It seems really even all over and I don’t seem to have missed anything after all! I’ll be interested to see it in daylight and wonder how it will turn out in a few days time when it settles to its ‘true colour.’  Overall I’d say dying hair with henna is a piece of cake!

I found Henna For Hair a really useful resource.

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Should I henna my hair?

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Henna is a plant whose leaves produce a red dye.  It’s translucent and conbines with hairs natural tones.  It’s supposed to be a very good conditioner, making hair strong and smooth.  In addition to this it apparently soothes headaches and migraines (I’m a terrible migraine sufferer myself).

You can see from my picture what colour my hair is now. What would you call it – dark blonde? To be honest I’m not sure, it certainly used to be blonde but has gradually been getting darker.  I’ve sort-of wanted red hair since reading The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.  The heroine – Alanna – was a huge role-model for me in my teens.  My sister dyes her hair red and it looks really nice.

I have never, ever dyed my hair.  I don’t like to fuss over my appearance and rarely wear make-up.  If I started using henna would I be reapplying it all the time?  How tedious is it to do?  Is it worth it?  Do you think it would suit me?  I’d really appreciate hearing peoples experiences and opinions.