Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Henna Drawing

Henna. Part of the Middle Eastern culture, and also known as mendhi, it is a beautiful, pain-free body art. This year my motto/resolution was a new outtake on life, which included opening myself up to new things. And one of those new things is self teaching myself to do hennna through lots and lots of practice. Here is my tutorial on how to draw/make the designs. (I'll be making a tutorial on how to actually make the henna paste sometime next week, so make sure you follow me via bloglovin' so you don't miss any posts.) Keep reading for the full scoop!

* A writing utensil
* Something to write on
* Napkins / Bounty Paper
* Henna cone (found in most Pakistani/Indian stores)
* A henna design/any art design to look off of (this is optional for beginners only. If you're artistically gifted enough to think up designs on the spot, you won't be needing this.)


1. Look up some designs! You can google up henna designs, search for videos on YouTube, or simply look off of any pretty art design you've found anywhere. 

2. Using your writing utensil, trace your hand. Try to trace whichever side you're actually going to be applying henna on to. (I did henna on the backside of my left hand, so that's what I traced.) Then draw in your design on your paper hand. Feel free to change some things and add some of your own designs. You don't have to copy every little detail shown in the drawing. And don't spend too much time on your drawing, because drawing on paper and drawing using henna are very different.

3. To get a feel of how to use the cone, practice making small designs or shapes on a napkin. It might take some time getting used to. 

Then using your henna cone, transfer the design that you drew on your paper to your hand by recreating it. Keep in mind that your hand is smaller than it looks traced, and your henna paste is thicker than your pen or pencil's tip, so you're going to have to adjust some. (This is why you shouldn't spend too much time drawing it out. You'll see that you don't have room for half your drawing on your hand.)  

[BONUS TIPS: 1. Combine pieces from two drawings together. I got my fingers' patterns from one drawing, and the rest was based off of another. 2. Avoid lines. The more swirls and designs you create, the more professional and put together it will look. 3. Henna is, thankfully, one of those things you will be surprised to see your improvement on. In this case, practice really does make perfect, so don't give up.)

Life is spontaneously splendid. From one henna amateur to another,
happy drawing! x

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post, I have always wondered what the process is like and am fascinated by the intricate designs! Yours is beautiful :)


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