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Color your world with the fabulous art of henna tattoo!
- Over 60 designs to try, test, and combine, with included templates & helpful tips
- Recipe to make your own henna has been tested and perfected to get deep, lasting color
- Practice exercises with step-by-step instructions for 5 basic, simplified shapes to repeat and combine for an endless variety of mehndi designs
- Mehndi is a temporary tattoo, perfect for those just starting to think about permanent body art
- Versatile applications: Learn how henna can also be used to adorn wood, leather, and other surfaces
Mehndi, also known as henna tattoo, is a traditional Middle Eastern art used to adorn the body for weddings and other special celebrations. Today, you can join in the beauty and fun of mehndi with this simple book of patterns and instructions for the body—and even home Décor objects!
Inside Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo, you will find a variety of original henna tattoo patterns that can be applied to the hands, feet, belly and back. You’ll also be encouraged to create your own designs by following the simple instructions for the 5 basic henna shapes, learning how to combine them in a variety of ways to create exotic mehndi designs of your own.
But why stop there? Mehndi is a versatile art that can also be applied to wood, leather, and other surfaces! Follow along with author and highly acclaimed mixed-media artist Brenda Abdoyan as she shows how she creates one-of-a-kind designs for a wooden box, leather pouch, magnet, tea caddy, and more.
Filled with stunning photographs of beautiful henna tattoo, this book is sure to inspire!
From the Publisher
Exploring your creativity with henna is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Make Homemade Henna Paste
Brenda Abdoyan provides her own personal henna paste recipe. She started experimenting with her henna recipe in 2005 and perfected it through trial and error in 2008. You’ll find notes in the ingredient list that will help you determine what to change if you find you need to alter it.
Applying Henna Paste to the body
You will find information on the basic lines you will need to master before creating beautiful tattoos. There are many practice projects to work through develop your henna tattooing skills. There are also tons of gallery photos here to inspire you. You will find tricks for everything from finding materials to making complex designs simple.
Henna Patterns, Original Designs and Templates
Includes Henna designs for use on hands, feet, lower back, and shoulders organized by body part for easy reference. Simple designs are made up of only the five basic strokes for beginners. Some are more complicated, for more advanced artists. There are a few original Bajidoo designs and templates for moving into designing your own.
History of the Henna Tattoo
Use of henna for tattoos is difficult to trace, evidence shows it stretches back more than 5,000 years to the days of ancient Egypt when a henna dye was used to stain the fingers and toes of the pharaohs prior to their mummification. Henna tattooing has a long history among many Eastern cultures. The designs tend to fall into four styles based on the region. The Middle Eastern style in the Arab world features floral designs that do not follow a distinctive pattern. In North Africa, henna tattoos are geometrical and follow the shape of the wearer’s hands and feet. In India and Pakistan, the designs cover more of the body, extending up arms and legs to give the impression of gloves or stockings. Henna tattoos in Indonesia and southern Asia are often blocks of color on the tips of the fingers and toes.