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Mehndi: The Art of Henna Body Painting

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  • The magical art of mehndi or henna painting
  • Packed with inspirational photographs of traditional and contemporary mehndi
  • This complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful henna designs
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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches ; 4 ounces
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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The magical art of mehndi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and now it has finally arrived in the West. Packed with inspirational photographs of traditional andcontemporary mehndi, this complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful hennadesigns, including:
dozens of practice exercises and sample illustrations
a foolproof recipe for mixing the henna paste
step-by-step instructions on how to apply your mehndi design
insider's tips from professional mehndi artists and more!


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The magical art of mendhi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and now it has finally arrived in the West. Packed with inspirational photographs of traditional and contemporary mehndi, this complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful henna designs. Includes recipe for mixing henna paste, step-by-step instructions on applying designs, and tips from professional mendhi artists.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I decided to venture into the world of my own business, I thought henna would be a likely place to start. Being artistic helps, but knowledge helps more. This was the first book I bought when I began my research into the great big world of henna. The instructions are clear enough so that children can understand, yet not dumbed down. There is a good deal of cultural information as well as interesting traditions and superstitions surrounding the use of henna all around the world. She doesn't stick to just one culture, which I appreciate. Too many books now just give the flashy "Madonna" speech and leave the rich history and customs out of it. This has enough cultural information to keep your friends or clients interested while you are doing a long henna design on them. The professionals tips are great, too! Saved me lots of failed experiments. There are several beautiful B & W photos throughout this book that range from very simplistic to terrifyingly intricate designs. So for those who are learning this wonderful art form either for personal self expression or going into business to do it, or both, this is a must-have! Go forth and Henna!
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was extremely disappointed with this book. The information about historical origins and traditions is sometimes correct, but only sometimes. The art is awful. I would expect this sort of design work from someone who was trying henna for the first time, not a self-proclaimed expert. The worst part for me, however, is the recipe given. For most of the world, the ingredients listed will actually hinder the dye's ability to stain. At first I wondered why someone would print something designed to fail- then I remembered that the author also sells pre-measured henna kits for those that can't mix their own successfully. Coincidence?
You can get better information, recipes, art pictures, and supplies for free on the Internet. Why pay for bad advice?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Although I already have the spectacular book Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting by Loretta Roome, Carine Fabius' MEHNDI is another must have book. She explains where heena is practiced and where it is not. She gives history of its use and even explains the meanings of many symbols and how they should be used (for those who want to be sensitive to various sacred elements). What I find absolutely WONDERFUL about Ms.Fabius' approach is that she has MORE than 25 pages dedicated to helping one create a myriad of designs. This feature along with professional tips and other great content is what prompts me to give MEHNDI a five star rating. It is very evident this book was not thrown together to make a quick buck. On the contrary, on every page one can get the sense that Ms.Fabius has a passion for Heena, and I thank her for sharing her knowledge
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on February 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
A few years ago, I had a dragon painted on my arm in henna, and after seeing this book in a shop, I thought it'd be interesting to learn more about it, and perhaps give it a go myself. I've not given it a go yet, as henna plants are difficult to locate in this small town, but I feel it's given me a fair background to start with.
The book begins with a short history lesson on the origin and uses of the plant and artform. Maps, pictures of the plant and practical applications are interspersed throughout the history and cultural lesson.
Indeed, the book is profusly illustrated with many wonderous designs all over the body, focusing mainly on the hands and feet, but there are many designs shown on the arms, chest, belly and back, ranging from very simplistic to extremely complex, both modern and traditional designs from various cultures which use henna art religious and celebratory occasions.
Easy to follow instructions are given on harvesting and preparing the plant for use in an easy to make recipie for the paste used to dye the skin, as wells as detailed explinations and diagrams for creation of an applicator, though a store-bought one with a metal tip is recommended, especially for finer, more detailed designs.
There are even excercises and techniques listed to help you along before you begin, and over 30 designs and symbols (some with short descriptions of their meaning) with instructions on how to proceed to create some of the beautiful designs illustrated, and application and creation techniques. I would have appreciated a more detailed explaination for the symbols and how they're used in the given culture, but the descriptions are short and superficial.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "ariadne137" on September 18, 2001
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This is a great book, especially for the beginner. It teaches you much about the history and uses of mehndi. It's a very interesting book, for both beginners and people who are somewhat familiar with the practice. Provides you with many different designs and information on both the history of mehndi and the henna herb itself. Not only that but it tells you how to mix henna paste, how to make cones to apply it with, and lots of advice coming from the author's experience. It also has pages of lines and simple drawings to practice to get the feel of applying the tattoos. Over all this is an excellent book, both for refering to and just to read for fun.
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