Henna Hand Designs Art Lesson: Make a Unique Self-Portrait — Art is Fun
This Henna Hand Designs Art Lesson teaches you how to make a one-of-a-kind self-portrait of your hands. It’s a great art project for kids because it teaches them about: the role of pattern in abstract art; how to create abstract patterns; and how to express themselves in a symbolic way.
What is henna?
Henna is a plant that has been used as a dye since the Bronze Ages, mostly in the Eastern Mediterranean region, but also in India, where it is still a popular form of temporary body art.
How is henna used?
For festivals and celebrations, women in many cultures have henna decorations applied to their hands and feet, which can last for days or months. In India, henna designs on skin are known as mehndi; in the United States, it is known as a temporary tattoo.
Henna Hand Designs Art Project
Flowers, tendrils, stars, vines, spirals, leaves, water drops, criss-crosses, waves, and other motifs can be found in henna hand designs.
Drawing henna hand designs
You’ll need a good marker and a good pen if you want your henna hand designs to look like henna. There are no rules, so you can use as many colors as you want and your Henna Hand Designs Art Project will still look lovely!
A note about art materials and variations
To make your Henna Hand Design, you can use any type of pen, marker, or paper, as well as glitter, gems, and other embellishments. I’ve included links to different types of paper you can use to spice up your design below.
Can you henna on paper?
If you want to make a henna design for your hand, start by tracing your hand on a piece of paper; if you want to use this design to make a tattoo stencil, make sure to use regular white copy paper.
Why is henna allowed in Islam?
Henna is emphasized as a sunnah [a behavior, usually learned from the example of the prophet Muhammad, that is encouraged but not obligatory] in Islamic cultures, and countries with a large Muslim population often have strong henna traditions, especially if they are located within or near the geographic region of the Islamic world.
How can I practice henna at home?
Make your own henna paste, then apply it to clean skin to create a stain. Learn how to make traditional designs like flowers and peacocks, or try your hand at creating your own; with enough practice, you can create beautiful art at home.
How can you make henna last longer?
Use natural oils instead of Vaseline or anything with petroleum, and apply waterproof Chapstick to make the henna last longer. The night before you get your henna, rub the designs with olive oil and lemon juice, then wrap your skin in plastic bags.
What can you do with old henna?
If you want to keep leftover henna paste, keep it away from light, heat, and air by freezing it in a glass jar, heavy plastic, or aluminum foil. If you freeze it right after you “terp” it, it will last for months without going bad!
Can I paint with henna?
Brushwork henna is best for quick, large-body applications. Mix your henna thinner than usual, so it’s about the consistency of tempera or gouache paint, and apply it the same way you would those. Use a fine oil painting brush. Synthetic bristles aren’t as likely to “floof” with the henna as natural hair.
Why is my henna not staining?
If henna is not being actively used, it should be frozen because it continues to release dye at room temperature. At some point, all of the dye will be released and the henna will leave a very light stain or no stain at all.
How can I make my henna darker?
Essential Oils: You can darken henna by adding essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, or clove oil, or by mixing Mahalabiya oil (an essential oil with a pine oil base).
What is a white henna?
White henna, contrary to its name, does not contain any actual henna; rather, it is an adhesive body paint that is *used* like henna and lasts 1-4 days depending on where you get it. As previously stated, white henna does not stain the skin, so once the white layer comes off, it is completely gone.
Can you henna yourself?
Henna is a great way to create designs on your skin without the permanent effects of a tattoo, and in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own henna paste in a fun, easy way. Once you’ve made the henna, you can use your imagination to create any design you want!
How do you master henna?
You can improve your henna art skills in six ways:
- Make sure you have good henna paste.
- Decide what type of cone you prefer. Some people prefer a short fat cone, while others prefer a long thin cone.
- Learn the basics.
- Copy henna designs.
- Find people to learn from.
- Develop your own style.
What culture is henna?
Henna: Its History and Cultural Importance Henna, also known as mehndi in Hindi and Urdu, has been used for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East, and was originally used for its natural cooling properties for people living in hot desert climates.