Henna has been an inspiration to the imagination and creativity
of the artists. Make your won designs- left or right-handed,
simple or complex. All you need is a steady hand, a great
deal of patience, and of course a creative spirit.
Organic henna body-art-designs vary by country or region,
within the cultural boundaries of beauty and tradition. Shapes,
pattern, and application techniques often are particular to
a given area.
North African Style
The people of the mountainous or desert regions incorporate
bold geometric patterns with intricate dots and wavy lines
into their henna designs. The patterns are easy to see from
Mehandi pattern of India and Pakistan correspond to the birds
and tropical plants of their regions. Ornate, arabesque designs
may consist of delicate paisleys, lace-like tracery, peacocks,
mangoes, leaves, hearts, and faces.
The people of the Arabian Peninsula esteem decorations that
incorporate vines, scrolls, and flowers. As in the North African
tradition, followers of the Islamic religion usually do not
paint representational art of animals or people.
Today the marvels of henna body art have catapulted around
the globe. Designs are no longer confined to local indigenous
decorations, customs, and beliefs but include a melange of
impressions that marry the past with the present.
Creating your own designs
Making the Paste
The goal is to have a toothpaste like or hot cream of wheat
consistency that allows the henna paste to be extruded from
the tip of a cone in a fine string. If you are using a toothpick
applicator, the henna texture can be a bit thicker. You can
store henna paste, covered, at room temperature for up to
- Teaspoon (5 g) powdered henna, sifted to a talcum powder
- Teaspoon (10 ml) distilled water or brewed dark tea,
boiled and cooled to room temperature
- 5 drops henna oil
- 2 drops clove oil.
(a) In a glass or plastic bowl, combine the henna powder,
water, and eucalyptus oil. Mix only after all the ingredients
have been added, and mix only in one direction (clockwise
or counterclockwise). Stir quickly to eliminate all lumps.
(b) If possible, let the paste ferment for at least 5 hours
before using. Cover the mixture but do not seal or refrigerate.
To test consistency, gather paste on a spoon and invert. The
paste should drop off the spoon in 10-15 seconds.s