These past couple of days have been busy in henna. So I will just let my pictures do all the talking. I tried many different styles and patterns that had been in the back of my mind. All of the designs came out beautifully.
After two field work days that happened to be two of the coldest days of my life, I decided to stay in this Sunday. I was i upstate NY for work, it was about 25 degrees and with the windchill it felt like 18 degrees. When I got back to the city and felt the 40 degree temperatures, the difference was amazing. The city felt absolutely balmy in comparison to the interior parts of the state.
After those tiring days, I decided to stay in on Sunday and do these patterns. Nothing clears my mind and calms me as much as doing mendhi on my own hands.
I have been really into mandalas and extensive circular patterns. They look great on the center of the hands (both sides); the symmetry is perfect. One can keep continuing the design, making the mandala bigger and bigger (unless of course he/she is working on a smaller hand).
Recently I've been obsessed with filling up the fingers with moroccan patterns. They are a bit more difficult to do but the results are worth it. Wouldn't you agree?
These are uncertain times. The world is afraid and in absolute disarray. Innocent people are dying everywhere and it is especially hard in these times to have any sort of hope.
In these times, we cling to what is necessary, what is near; specifically, our faith and our friends.
Nothing calms my head more so than doing henna designs (on either myself of my friends). Two of my friends came over and I drew on their hands, we had an impromptu henna party. It was great to spend time with them and also to further perfect my craft. Sometimes doing henna on my own hands gets tiresome and it is so much more fun to photograph others hands after I finish my work. These designs were great and my subjects were, too!
Let us hope that devastation and despair is replaced by hope, everywhere. No more fear, intolerance, hatred, bigotry, and let us fight to end oppression and injustice!
I keep practicing different patterns but these paisley style swans are my favorites. They look elegant and are simple enough to do.
Who says rainy days cannot be fun?
I love Brooklyn, I have stated that several different times in this blog. What I love the most is that no matter how many times I am traveling through Prospect Park or Park Slope, I always seem to find something new to marvel at. There were really quiet places in Prospect Park- benches and bridges I had never known existed, where one could sit and be at one with nature with no sounds of humans for miles (so it seemed). The trees and foliage block out noise and the highways very well- the design of the park is fantastic. I noticed old structures in the park that no longer had any use yet were still kept there. I ended all the way up at Grand Army Plaza and the from the farmers market there, I bought some goodies for the lamb stew I prepared that evening.
I spent three hours wandering around the park and came back to try the henna pattern below. It originally ended on my wrist but I continued it further down. It kept looking more and more elegant. And of course how could i forget my circles? I kept that in my palm- it's my favorite design. It reminds me of a circus.
Some days are indistinguishable from others; it is as if they are in a perpetual state of déjà vu, in an impenetrable and unchangeable circle. Perhaps since I have been feeling thus, my hands have been drawn towards elaborate, circular patterns.
Weddings in the family create a nice but hectic break from the daily routine. I cannot remember the last time I had been so tired. Nevertheless I did get to work on a lot of henna- for the bride, for myself, and on a candle.
We opted for a less filled in look and I was impressed with the way the bridal henna turned out.
My next endeavor will be creating patterns with fine point pens.
Very rarely do I get enough time to sit in one place and complete a task without interruption. Doing henna, for me, is not a chore, rather, it is therapeutic.
I love getting before and after shots and comparing them. This henna (whichI bought in Pakistan) is very good, it does not stain the hand too fast and it lasts a couple of days without peeling off and making ones hand feel like sandpaper. I kept my hand (with the paste on) in a plastic bag for an hour to help retain some heat. It work and the color stained very well. Perfect day for practice for upcoming brides!
My customer searched for this design online and I covered it as best as I could. It took me about 4.5 hours to complete. i procured this mendhi from Pakistan almost two years ago and it is still going strong. The color stains quickly upon the palm however it fades as quickly as it stains. This set came out beautiful. Thanks for choosing me to do it!
I was looking to do something floral yet abstract on my hand and the above is what I came up with. The mendhi cones (henna) were in fridge for nearly 2 years, I bought them when I visited Pakistan. It was surprising at how easily I was able to use the henna, it did not get hard and break up. The color stained my hand pretty well. A couple of tips to get henna dark- use sugar water on the paste while it is still on your hands, rub your hands with oil or lotion after washing it off, and make sure to leave it on for as long as you possibly can. The henna needs heat to get to its optimum color.
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