mehndi sketchbook pages
if you want more information on/ links for mehndi, see my resource page.
below are some images from my sketchbook. most of these patterns are derived from pictures of mehndi i've found on the web. i started sketching the patterns out beforehand because it helped to do a diagram on paper at full size before trying it out for real with the henna paste. just following printouts of photos that i'd found on the web was too difficult.
click on the thumbnails to see full-size sketchbook pages.
|hand pattern--a request to diagram the pattern shown here.|
|radial symmetry--medallions from votive sculptures in the Harn Museum of Art's Buddhist Sculpture Along the Trade Routes exhibit. are they mehndi? maybe, maybe not...but they make great patterns for henna.||floral motifs--the entire hand plus a closeup.||arm/wrist/leg band patterns--the upper-left pattern was the first mehndi i ever tried. it came out ok despite my overconfidence. in retrospect, i probably should have started out with something a bit simpler and worked up to a complex design||some tribal design|
|pair of hands--backs||another pair of hands--this time on the palms|
|yet another pair of hands--the left hand is as seen in madonna's frozen video (i couldn't resist)||more hands--the one on the left i did on the occasion of my sister's graduation from high school (more on this below)|
|hands again--on the palms this time (the butterfly i did on my mother-in-law at her request)||various and assorted patterns|
|more patterns--the starburst is actually a pysanky (ukrainian easter egg) pattern--my other favorite thing to do||more traditional hands|
|my sister asked me to do her graduation announcements--here's a section of the brainstorm page for it. i actually came up with some motifs that i've incorporated into mehndi patterns||and just in case you were wondering how the announcements came out--here's the final postcard|
|a doodle on my palm and wrist||design on back of hand--a scan of my mehndi (recognize the shape of my hand from the drawings?)|
|another palm doodle||by special request, a line drawing of the palm doodle to the left|
|a swan and some radial motifs||more traditional hand designs|
|more hand patterns||more hand photos|
|more hand patterns. if you haven't already seen loretta roome's mehndi: the timeless art of henna painting, you absolutely MUST find a copy of it. it is fantastic||hand photos my hands, l. roome's patterns.|
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