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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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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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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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