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.
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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