Name Change: “HMW Art” to “LONDON HENNA” !

Well hello there !

I hope you don’t mind, but there’s a change that I want to make to this blog; something that I have been thinking about for a while.  … I want to return this blog to its initial form … I want to make this a pure henna blog again.

Some of you may know that this blog began as a henna and all things related blog; but about a year ago I changed its name and its purpose.  I changed the name to HMW Art and I had let you all know that I was now going to post about my art and design work as well.  From what I have learned in the past year, however, it is clear that combining these two very different art fields have had a negative impact on my growth.  It confused people as to what my intentions were; and a lot of people decided to leave/unfollow because they simply wanted to see either henna or art – but not both.

It’s taken me a while, but here I am, back to where I started.  I will no longer post about my art here.  Instead, you can see my art on my Instagram account (@HMWArt), or my YouTube channel (Shahema Tafader); and for those who want to see my henna, please stay following this blog, as well as following my Instagram page (@LondonHenna) where you can see me post stuff like this:


and this:


And of course, my YouTube channel (Shahema Tafader) also contains henna tutorials and more !

I could go on, but I don’t want to annoy you :-).

So that’s it.  I hope you’ll enjoy this change and look forward to my new content.

Oh, and one more thing – to purchase your Eid natural henna cones, please email me here:

… See you next time ! ❤




YouTube GIVEAWAY – Collab with Beleza Artistica

Hi everyone !!!  I’m super excited to bring you my first giveaway and myself and Amirah, from Beleza Artistica, have decided to collaborate on this.  You can see the YouTube video for the giveaway here, and because the point behind the giveaway is to draw attention to our YouTube channels, we would like you all to actually watch the video in order to enter the giveaway.  Therefore, I will not be writing out the rules of the giveaway in this blog post.  Sorry; but please do watch the video and enter 🙂 :

Giveaway Vid:


Giveaway Update Vid:


PS – Deadline is the 1st of January !!

Want a Picture Feature on my YouTube Channel ?

When I began my henna journey last year, which then led to me rediscovering my passion for art and design, I always had one major goal in mind – to help !  I always wanted to work my way up into a position where I could begin to help others achieve their goals.  Don’t ask me why that is, it’s just an internal driving force that I seem to have.

Recently, I feel like I’m just beginning to get to the point where I can help others.  This is because, and these may not seem like such a big deal considering how much better other people are doing than me, but my Instagram account has just reached over 500 followers; but more importantly, my YouTube channel has officially reached over 500 subscribers.


Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader |

YouTube Channel: Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader |

As a result of this, I’m finally in a position to start helping others get some recognition for their work.  How, you ask ?  It’s simple – via YouTube Picture Features !

So what’s a Picture Feature ?  It’s when I show a picture of something artistic/creative which you guys have tagged me in, at the beginning of each of my YouTube videos.  My first feature has already gone up, and so I’m definitely underway with this concept.  My post today is, therefore, an attempt at getting you guys involved with my Picture Features.

To have a chance of getting your creative work featured at the start of my next YouTube video, all you have to do is:

a) post a picture on Instagram of something creative.  It doesn’t have to be henna related, it can be anything creative.  Further, and this is the part that I  like the most, it doesn’t have to be a perfect piece of work.  In fact, you can tag pictures that your nieces and nephews etc have drawn, if you want to;

b) tag your picture with #HMWArt so that I can see it; and

c) sit back and wait to see if you are featured :-).

So that’s it for this post.  I hope you guys will get involved and, if you haven’t already, please do subscribe to my YouTube channel.  I plan on doing a goody giveaway if I can get to 1k subscribers.

Things are Changing …

I know that I haven’t posted in a while and I am very sorry about that.  I have been going through a transition period with all my social media simply because I’m adding to the kind of content that I post.  Specifically, I am now including my artwork as well.  If you’ve seen my Instagram feed and my YouTube channel you’ll definitely know this.

Here is an example of some of my work and what you can expect to see more from me in the future:

Hopefully I haven’t disappointed anyone by my decision; and for those of you who followed me to only see my henna work, I will still do henna as well.  I’m just going to be a bit more rounded in what I post to include artwork as well.

I’m looking forward to my new direction and I hope you are too. … Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next time !

Mandala Design with the Rocky Hand by Shahema

Hi there !

So I’ve finally gotten around to my Mandala henna design for beginners (done with my non-dominant left hand – i.e. the Rocky hand).  It’s taken a few weeks, but here we are.

So picture this … you start off the day bright and early thinking it’s going to be a great one; but then the balance shifts.  Suddenly, everything you do turns to dust.  One henna attempt after another, from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening, and they All.  Go.  Wrong !  You throw your henna cone down.  Enough !  Can’t do this anymore.  Put your head in your hands and close your eyes.  You breathe long silent breaths.  And then you look up …  there’s no way I’m ending the day like this.  You pick up the cone one last time, and this happens:

Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader | Date Created: 28 January 2015

Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader | Date Created: 28 January 2015

Yep, it was a long day; but the worst days often do turn into the best ones.

So finally, I have a range of options for you: you have the stain progression pics below, but then you can watch the video on how to do this design either with the YouTube version (which has a voice-over with hints and tips), or the Vine version (which is super short), and you can watch the preview of the YT video from my Instagram video post should you want to, as well … take your pick(s) :-):






Instagram Preview:


And that’s it.  My next YT video is available from 6pm (UK time) this Wednesday and it is a tribal one with shading.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss that then please subscribe.  Finally, I’m happy to reveal that I have a new henna design waiting to be unveiled.  It’s a tattoo design with roses inspired by Beauty and the Beast.  The YT video for this design will be up on 11 March 2015 at 6pm (UK time).  I will reveal the design on Instagram before then 🙂 …

My new routine for making YouTube videos + new YouTube henna video …

Hi guys !

I am really really sorry that I haven’t posted in two weeks.  I got incredibly busy and before I knew it – a couple of weeks had passed.  Rest assured that I haven’t left henna though, in fact, the reason why I got busy is because I have been trying to make a YouTube video for every new design that I create now which naturally means that everything takes twice as long.

My routine for each new design is now:

1) I have to record the design first, which can take several hours as a result of me having to set up the equipment, and then take things slow to make sure I don’t make too many mistakes on camera (which would increase my editing time);

2) I have to take pics of the new design of not only how the design looks with the paste on, but the stain progression pics as well as people comment that they like seeing these in the videos.  The henna stain colour darkens over a 48-72 hour period, so naturally this part can take several days;

3) I then edit the video which can take up to a week further, because not only does this involve making sure that excessive footage is taken out, but it also includes: i) recording a voice-over.  I remember reading a comment under another henna artist’s video asking why there are no instructions in the video if it is a tutorial, and I thought, okay, I want my videos to be as helpful as possible, so I’ll put a voice-over in with hints and tips so there are some instructions; ii) I have to go through all of the pictures and pick the best ones, which can range from just around four, to over 30 pics.  I then put watermarks on these one by one and, as you can imagine, that takes some time;

4) I then post the video on YouTube and schedule it for a date where YT will make the video public for you guys to see.  This does mean that my next video is already up and, I can tell you, that you can see this video on 25 February at 9pm, which is a little over a week (hint, it’s a tribal design with shading !).  Once I upload the video I then go back and add subtitles in for those who cannot hear, or who just want the video on silent, and I also add annotations in with links so that you can click on the end of the video to take you to another video, if you want to see it :-).  So that takes us to the 12 day mark (almost two weeks for one design – yikes !  But I do it for you :-)).

I really hope that nobody is too upset with me for not posting in the last two weeks, and I hope that you can see why my timetable has been a little off.

I will try my hardest to organise my timetable so that I can post every week again, but in the meantime please know that, in the background, I am doing something henna related.

And as I haven’t had a chance to make a post on this design, you can see my new YouTube henna video right here complete with a voice-over with tips on doing the design (so you get to hear my voice for the first time :-/); and stain progressions pics at the end:

And that’s it.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve my video and if you want to catch my next design then please subscribe :-).

My Vine Account

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader


Recently, I have taken a real liking to Vine and have found that it’s a great platform for including short versions of my YouTube henna tutorials.  For those of you who don’t know, Vine allows you to upload 6 second videos which automatically start again (loops) when it finishes playing.

I created my account after I developed a fascination with short videos on my Instagram account; but as Instagram is a mainly picture platform, I didn’t want to annoy my followers with tonnes of videos.

Here’s my first mini-tutorial on Vine:

If you haven’t got a Vine account, you can easily sign up using your twitter account or email.  I would encourage you to do so, because there are so many great videos for you to find and I’m hoping mine’s one of them.

If you liked my video above then please share it on your social media; I would really love to see henna tutorials on Vine to become a thing.  Plus, if you have any suggestions on what I should post on Vine; on the types of henna designs you’d like to see me do; or on anything else then please leave a comment below.

That’s all for now …

YouTube: New Convenient Playlist for Henna Beginners

Many of you may know that I have been organising the types of videos that my YouTube channel will contain.  One of the things I definitely did not want to do is create videos with the same types of tutorials that other people have; but at the same time, I wanted my channel to be a complete place for a beginner to henna to go to for all their answers to henna questions.  My solution is to create a new playlist which incorporates all the tutorials from other YouTubers that I think a beginner would like to see.  I’m hoping that this will make it easy for a beginner to find everything they need in one convenient place – on my channel.

Here’s the playlist, as it now stands, below:

Why I haven’t been posting new designs for a while …

I know that I haven’t been posting as many new henna designs, especially intricate ones, on Instagram and Facebook.  I am sincerely sorry for this, but I wanted you all to know that I won’t be away forever.  I have actually been spending some time with improving my Facebook page and on making natural henna from scratch for the first time.

In terms of my Facebook page, I have added tabs in so you can access all my social media feeds directly in it.  The great thing about this is that you are not re-directed to a new site to have access to my social feeds.

The henna making, on the other hand, hasn’t gone to plan and that has a lot to do with the henna powder which I had ordered online.  You can soon expect to see a review on this, so please stay tuned for that.

I promise you I will be back with new designs and I hope you stick around to see that.

Better YouTube Videos

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader

I’m really excited that my laptop can now read the files from my camcorder, which means that my YouTube videos should be of a much better quality.  My first video was, unfortunately, taken with a picture camera and I was not ever happy with the result.  I hope that now I can bring you better videos.

I will also be making changes in that, for the beginners tutorials, I will do voiceover videos where you can hear exactly how I create the designs that I have, rather than you just having to watch the video and figure out what I have done for yourself.

I will also be keeping the camera on a stand or otherwise in a stationary position.  This should make it a lot more pleasing to watch.

I can’t wait to bring my videos to you, and I’ll hopefully see you next time …