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Mehndi Artwork

Updated on June 4, 2015

Mehndi & Mandalas

Mehndi is a traditional art form which was created in ancient Pakistan and India. Elaborate patterns of mehndi are characteristically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The groom is also adorned with the designs in some parts of India.

Henna paste is typically applied on the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush. After several minutes, the paste will dry and begin to crack. When it dries, a combination of lemon juice and sugar can be placed over the henna design to restore moisture to the henna paste so that it will stain darker.

Mehndi designs are popular for use in artistic creations such as drawings and paintings. They have a striking quality that is distinct and elaborate. Various mediums can be used to create Mehndi art, however the most common is black ink on white paper.

Mandalas can be formed using Mehndi designs. The word mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." The mandalas can be comprised of various designs and can be square or other shapes, but traditionally has a concentric circular structure. Mandalas offer symmetric visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.

Mandalas are often used as a form of stress relief and meditation. Both drawing and coloring in mandalas are therapeutic in practice.

Bridal Mehndi

Mehendi decoration of palms and feet of a bride
Mehendi decoration of palms and feet of a bride | Source

Mehndi Mandala Adult Coloring Book

This is the cover of my adult coloring book which features 20 delightfully detailed hand-drawn Mehndi mandala designs for people to print and color. They can relax and enjoy the intricate & beautiful world of stress relieving circular mandala designs
This is the cover of my adult coloring book which features 20 delightfully detailed hand-drawn Mehndi mandala designs for people to print and color. They can relax and enjoy the intricate & beautiful world of stress relieving circular mandala designs | Source

How To Grow A Mandala

Mehndi Drawing Tips

Here are some tips for drawing your own Mehndi designs:

1. Be sure to use heavyweight paper to ensure your ink lines do not bleed into one another or bleed through the page

3. First draw everything in pencil

4. Make sure lines are crisp and clean

5. Be sure that designs are not too small (Very small designs may bleed together when drawn with ink)

6. Aim for an overall cohesive composition with complementary patterns

7. Vary your line thickness to add depth to your drawing

8. Once you are satisfied with the quality of the drawing, go over the pencil lines with a fine tipped black ink pen or marker

9. Be sure to erase all pencil markings from the drawing

Abstract Mehndi Drawings

Original Pen & Ink Mehndi Drawing
Original Pen & Ink Mehndi Drawing | Source
Original Mehndi Drawing
Original Mehndi Drawing | Source
Hand Drawn Mehndi Mandala
Hand Drawn Mehndi Mandala | Source

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Wonderful designs Katie. It looks like a real fun way to spend the afternoon, relaxing.

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      cathy chhetri 

      3 years ago

      Take my drawing off this and any other site you have posted it on. Cathy Chhetri...gogokittenart

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      Monika Weise 

      3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Loved the bridal stuff :) I wish I could draw like this.

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      Chandrashekhar Siva 

      3 years ago from Chennai

      very descriptive hub.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Some of the results are beautiful to behold.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Katie, welcome to HubPages, I hope you enjoy your experience here.

      I am an art lover. I appreciate art of any kind, and your art is beautiful and interesting and voted up (thumb up) UABI and shared.

      Thank you for the following.

      Shyron

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I found your hub useful and interesting. I could see where this could be a real stress reliever. Stella

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      wabash annie 

      3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Wow, what a great first hub. Looking forward to seeing your next one.

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      Jean Bakula 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Really beautiful designs and color. I wonder if you could find a way to transfer them to tapestries, some of them would look really cool that way!

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello Katie, some very colourful and intricate designs here. What we need from you now is the thinking behind the artwork, what makes you tick, what you would like us to see in them... Moreso, how you see yourself. OK?

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      RoadMonkey 

      3 years ago

      Those are beautiful. I hope you will consider writing a hub or 3 or 4 or more, describing how you do these.

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      Peter Wathituni 

      3 years ago from Nairobi

      Impressive work Katie. I absolutely love you drawings.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      Nice, add a few descriptions to the artwork, it may push your hub up a bit

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      Colin Garrow 

      3 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Fantastic work, Kaite. Wonderfully intricate and unusual.

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      Colin Garrow 

      3 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Fantastic work, Kaite. Wonderfully intricate and unusual.

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      Lorne Hemmerling 

      3 years ago from Oshawa

      Yes, very nice. Thanks for sharing with us!

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      Greg Schweizer 

      3 years ago from Corona, California.

      Beautiful artwork. The beauty must come from within. Greg

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      Ed Palumbo 

      3 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      Intricate and impressive! Wishing you every success in your ventures.

      Ed

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      John Coviello 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Beautiful drawings! Thanks for sharing!

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