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Henna 11.1 by Exillior Henna 11.1 by Exillior
My brother's fiancee came to visit, so my brother's allergies got marginally better and I was able to put on some henna after all. This is actually part of a pattern which covers my forearm completely (back and front and everything) and both sides of my hand. First time I do something so extensive.

Photo by: ~CobaltDr
Hand belongs to: Me
Application by: Me
Design by: Me
Time taken: Under 3 hours (in two sittings)

P.S. Yes, it came out dark. :giggle:
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:icongaspina:
Gaspina Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a beautiful color! Tell me, what brand of henna are you using?
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Exillior Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A brand local to Mauritius unfortunately! In Mauritius (where I am from) it's really easy to get hold of ready-made paste already in cones, ready for use. It's actually harder to find powdered henna.
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Gaspina Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, excellent! Sorry that we cannot find such a vivid henna :(
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chafe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oops, I figured you must have answered that question before, and only a few comments ago you did. Is it a particular brand, or hand mixed?
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Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay, I don't mind answering questions. I forget the answers, anyway, so it might as well be a new question. :lol:
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chafe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm finding myself fascinated by your wonderful designs, and I wondered what kind of henna you use. I know there are types that go on brown instead of black, don't stain properly, etc. and I suspect you might have some expertise to offer before I go bumbling about learning more things the hard way than I have to. :)

A further question is, do you usually design patterns before you start drawing with the paste, or do you improvise right on the skin?

Compliments to your brother on his presentation of your work, by the way - he really knows what he's doing with light!
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Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Henna should never be black - that is called "black henna" and is not henna at all, but is a synthetic compound which is cancerous and can cause severe allergic reactions: [link] . Henna stains brown, depending on how strong the dye, it may be a very dark brown, or a weak yellow. I've seen all shades! :laughing:

I use the henna easiest to get in Mauritius, it's available in every supermarket or small shop, and is a ready-mixed paste already in a cone and ready for use. You can see it here: [link] . It's just so much easier to find than the powder form, for me. However, there is no right or wrong henna to use for application to the hands. If you can find the paste, that's great; many of my friends use the powder, and all you have to do is mix it into a paste with either simple water, or tea, or add a few drops of lemon juice (a slightly acidic medium brings out the dye better). Some people I know crush the leaves from the tree themselves. Some brands are paler than others, unfortunately you have to try them to know.

No, I don't draw a pattern out on paper first. I can't do a design on a flat surface because I work with the curves on a hand (when I try to put the paper version onto the hand it just can never come out the same)... but that doesn't have to mean that this is how you should proceed. Sometimes I use other people's provided patterns and just adapt it to what I'm doing. It doesn't matter what you're practising on, really. Some learners use actual henna paste on a small flat mirror, that way you can wash it off easily. But you can just as easily use a thick pen on paper. Whatever works for you. :)
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sweet-sorrow13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this !!!
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Nikalenai Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
looks great, I had seen your others works and I've been wondering how you manage to draw on the right hand, you can use left as well as right?
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] is the only one where I've used my left hand to apply henna on the right (the design goes all the way up to my elbow). The other right hands in my gallery aren't my own hands, but those of other people. I'm pretty clumsy with my left hand (I can barely hold a fork with it) so I hadn't really expected I could do henna with it. :XD:
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Nikalenai Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
still, you do quite well :)
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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A-w0man Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
oohh the beautiful color :'( I WANT !!!!!!!!
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I have seen even darker so I know how you feel!
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YPxBK Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
can you make like a simple henna tattoo design? thanks
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Exillior Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If it is so that you can have a tattoo, I encourage you to discuss this with your tattoo artists. A good tattoo artist can design you something you will like, and it will be more appropriate coming from them than from me, since I am not a tattoo artist and I do not know where you want it.
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scaryzwer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you do the details on your henna application. It's so lovely and perfect. :love:
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I try to make it look so. :paranoid:
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scaryzwer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't seem like you have problems doing so. :ninja:
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kazudai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
The detail is so wonderful! I've always admired henna art. I would find myself staring at my friends' when they paint theirs. lolll : P

You got an eye for detail! :>
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You should do some too! :D And haha, thank you - I am a bit addicted to detail. :XD:
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Melonpie321 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
its beautiful! and so dark! what kind of henna did you use?
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just buy ready-made henna paste, it's easiest to find in Mauritius. >.> I'm afraid I'm not much help with that.
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MeaShadow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful design dear~
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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DesertRose713 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
So pretty :)
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconlolee-chan:
Lolee-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Very beautiful design, as each time ! I like the flower in the middle !
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks! You never know, I might do something totally failed one day :XD:
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Lolee-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
You're welcome :) ! XD Nooo, don't failed, I want to see more of your great henna tatoo ;) !
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks! ^^
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Lolee-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
:hug:
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Athalour Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   General Artist
I love how this looks like a lace cuff :love:
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a lace elbow-length glove when you see the full thing. :excited:
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Athalour Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   General Artist
Oooo, yummy! :la:
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vortex-adr Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
really nice
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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:icondoodah:
Doodah Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
:clap: ! ! !
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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Rose-Rayne Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Niiiiiiiice! Too bad you live so far away or you could put awesome designs on MY hand.
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just DHL your hands over! :eager:
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Rose-Rayne Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! But when will I get them back? D:
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmmm I am too poor to afford DHL-ing them back. :noes:
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SweetYuya Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
:wow: That's gorgeous! Is that all done by hand? No pun intended...
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes :giggle: It's not a stencil. It actually goes up all the way to my elbow, but for religious reasons I don't show my arm... so I apologise, most of the epicness of this design is hidden. :XD:
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SweetYuya Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
That's pretty damn sweet though, I must say. You've got an eye for detail, and apparently, a very steady hand.

:giggle: Silly...
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly don't have the steady hand. :XD: My hand shakes so much that my Ophthalmology tutor told me never to try laser on people's eyes in real life, when I tried the practice laser. >.<
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SweetYuya Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
:O_o: Oh my... Well how the hell did you pull off this amazing detail? It can't be that bad!
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:iconexillior:
Exillior Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bah, I rest my hand on my knee or my other hand. :XD:
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