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Thread: How to create mehendi design

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    Lets suppose you are an artist and someone just came up to have their hand done in henna. How do you come up with a design? Or perhaps how do you change a design to fit your own tastes ? Here are a couple steps to make thinking about designs easier. Henna designs themselves have different aspects to them: the main design which usually comes on the palm, the finger designs, the designs on the arms and finally, what we can call 'fillers' which give the designs its intricacy.
    How to create your design:
    1. Assess your canvas: How much of the hand and palm do you plan on covering? What kind of design do you plan on doing - Indian or Arabic?
    2. Outline the primary design: This includes the palm design and arm design but not the fingers. Click on the image below to enlarge.

    3. Fill the main designs: Use fillers such as humps, drops or leaves to complete the main designs.

    4. Fill up the rest of the palm: Do this using larger fillers - but in keeping with the theme of the main design. If you used paisleys and flowers in the main design, try to have your fillers be variations of those rather than other random shapes. This gives more coherence to the design overall.

    5. Finally complete the fingers: In the same way - outlining it first and then filling it.

    Good luck with creating your own designs!

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    How to Apply Mehendi?

    You can make your own powder by drying henna leaves in shade. It might take weeks for them to dry to a crisp and you need to grind them thoroughly. You may also buy henna powder from the market.

    1. Henna powder sieved through a muslin cloth.
    2. Well strained strong tea decoction.
    3. Eucalyptus oil (few drops).
    4. Strained lime juice.
    5. Sugar (one table spoon).

    Take the henna powder in a bowl, add the tea till it becomes a thick paste (similar to a dough). Add eucalyptus oil, sugar and lime juice and mix well to make it into a smooth and thin paste.
    Leave it covered over night or during the day if you prefer to apply in the night.

    Make a cone...
    Take a thick plastic cover or use any thick freezer bag - cut it into shape of rectange 7" X 4". Twist one corner of the cover to make a cone. Tighten the tip to make tiny hole. Hold the tip and fill the paste and tie the broader end tightly with a thread.

    You also get readymade cones from the market.

    Let imagination fly...
    Now have fun. What ever you draw is beautiful and is a master piece in its own.

    You should leave the mehendi to dry on your skin and keep it on for as long as possible (4 to 6 hours if possible - you may go to bed also with it). Scrape it after that. The color will become deeper if you leave it untouched by water for another 4 to 6 hours. A deep color may last upto two weeks. The coloration varies from person to person.

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