You must have stared in awe at the designs that many brides, their bridesmaids, and family members flaunt. They are a true work of art. In all probability, you also must have tried your hands at some point, only to be frustrated in the process. Something that looks quite simple as drawing or doodling on paper can turn out to be difficult for many.
You are not alone. You can also learn the intricacies of henna art, albeit with some patience. Various types of henna art have come up. There are Arabic patterns, Mandala art designs, Rose designs, and many more. Once you get into the art form, you will start unearthing its myriad facets as a student.
You can learn about various cultures, their art forms, and how you can bring them to life with henna. Additionally, you will also learn the role of abstract art forms. Henna brings about a symbolic representation like no other. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about henna art to start a new hobby or career today.
What Is Henna?
Henna is a plant used as dyeing material for ages. It was widely used in all corners of the globe. You can trace its roots back to Greece, the Middle East, and Spain. However, it is famous as an art form from India at present. Today, you will find it used globally to create temporary body art. There is strong evidence that the art originated in Egypt from various sources. Henna also has medicative solid properties. It is also said to protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. Get ready to unearth the process.
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Preparing the Cone
You must have tried the cones available in the market and miserably failed in their application. This is evident as packaged henna cannot be trusted. Additionally, the henna is packed for a considerable time before hitting the markets for sale. So, the material inside is not fresh. If you want to unchecked henna, you have to prepare your cones.
You can either make the henna paste from fresh leaves or get the powder, sold specially for body henna. The one applied to the hair will not suit the purpose. But firstly, soak your henna overnight. You can mix the henna for a stronger color with tannic ingredients like those found in pure coffee beans. It dramatically increases the concoction’s staining potential. This type of coffee is more robust than blends, mixed with other types of beans and ingredients. If you have them as a beverage, you will be aghast at their qualities, like the taste and bold scent.
Apart from that, you need cellophane paper, tapes, a spoon, and scissors. You should cut the paper into 6 inches squares and then roll them in the shape of a cone, leaving a small hole at the end. This does not sound easy, as cellophane is slippery. However, you will succeed in creating the right one with some practice. After you are happy with the shape, you need to secure the wrap with tapes.
In the next step, you need to fill in the henna. You can take a spoon to fill in the henna. Don’t fill it too tightly. It might burst while applying the henna. After you fill it, tape the top by folding the cellophane and using the tape on.
Applying the Henna
If you are a beginner trying your hand at henna art, you need practice. You can start with paper to practice the design. Try making small and intricate flowers, paisleys, vines, spirals, waves, leaves, fruits, and other elements. If you go to a henna teacher, that is what they call them. Artists combine all elements to give you the bigger picture, on the hands or the body.
The henna artists apply the henna on the palm, the fingers, and the wrist. It can go up to the elbows for bridal henna designs. Once you are through with your practice on paper, you can graduate to the skin. The palm gives you an open space to showcase your talent. The fingers are narrower for the purpose, so you might have to be happy with vines and waves.
You should be creative and inventive when starting. It is better to refer to designs and pictures. But once you are through the beginner stage, you can find lots of inspirations emanating from your brain. Regardless of your skill level, make sure to keep health and safety protocols when applying henna tattoos. Make sure to source your materials from reliable suppliers so you know what you’re getting is safe and legal.
Now, you can unleash your creative genius. Apply henna on your own palm, and see the world glance at you. Once you are happy, apply to family and friends, and then you can simply make a career out of it. Today, brides also love to get it applied on the feet, legs, and back.
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