I made it!

About a month ago I had IB exams. Everything went smoothly (if you consider staying alive smooth). I can’t wait for July 6th so I can see my final grade. Now that I’ve finished the rest of my classes, I noticed some new followers on this blog. For this reason I’ve decided to make a closing statement.

Thank you to Ms. Fernie, my classmates, and everyone else who helped me along this journey. IB art helped me hone my skills, express myself creatively, and discover new mediums I can practice in the future. Today I still do henna and digital art. I’m not sure that would be the case if I hadn’t gone into this program.

It was hard work; that’s for sure. But I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without that extra push from IB. For anyone who is considering entering this program, I encourage you to give it a shot and try to make something beautiful out of it.

You’ll learn so much. And although you may forget the nitty gritty of cellular respiration, all of those books you read in English, or how to conjugate that verb in French, you’ll never forget what you learned about yourself.

Thank you to all my followers (classmates and otherwise), and goodbye!


What I’ve done so far

An introduction to my work

As of now, I’ve “finished” three projects and am about halfway through another. I use quotation marks because there’s still a lot to do with the projects I’ve set aside and labelled as “done”. But that’s life, right?

I think what I’ve been most proud of from these projects is that all of them are new to me. I’d never done large scale, abstract mixed media, had never painted a still life, had never used oil paints, and had never used henna (at least to this extent) before now. I’ve been trying different things, things that scare me, things I have no experience in, things I’ve always dreamed of being able to do some-time-in-the-future rather than some-time-in-the-now.

I want to continue this by exploring graphic arts (which I have close to no experience in), photography (which I have minimal experience but not a lot of practice in), and perhaps a comic strip, or something else with ink. I’d also like to do something 3D, probably with ceramics.

Here, however, is what I’ve done so far.


This was my first ever still life painting. I really loved the detail and the satisfaction when things turned out well. The final product wasn’t half bad!




I worked with oil paints for the first time and loved it! You have so much freedom to blend, and it’s just more vibrant than acrylic. I’d love to use it again if I have time.




This was one of my favorite parts of the painting. It took me a while to capture the look of the the light spilling out.





I started my biggest piece (still in the making) by laying down tisue paper and modeling clay.




This was my first ever henna tattoo with my own paste. The paste was a failure ( didn’t sift the powder so it turned out super fibrous) so the design had to be really thick. At the time, I was really proud of it, but I’ve grown a lot since and am a LOT better.




I made a colour scheme online with a certain website that I have to find again so I can source it (I hope I already did, but I’ll have to check). This is for “Beauty is Abstract”, my largest piece.




Another early henna design, this time with a more refined paste.




This is what “Beauty is Abstract” looks like at the moment. I need to study painting skin tones with acrylics before I go into it.




Finally, this was another early henna design on my brother. This was with the thick paste. It kept clogging and bursting out when I pressed harder. What a rough start compared to what I do now! I practiced so much to get better at henna, and I think that’s what I’ve seen the most improvement on. I’ve gone from childlike designs to designs I can sell.


There it is, folks

Those are a few snap shots of the work I’ve been doing in and out of class, but I’ll post more pictures, as well as sketchbook photos, later on.