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« on: June 23, 2007 01:28:15 PM »

So I have been inspired by Jillie's henna work.  She is an adorable young lady, check out her work...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167500.0

And this is my attempt. I bought a wonderful kit from henname.net

The embarasement i call my foot.  (I only show this one to show the progress)


Then i moved to the bottom of my foot. I like this one alot better.


And then i am partial to my simple hand


So the kit came with a applicator bottom, but i was making a mess trying to get the paste from the plastic bag into the bottle, so i ended up using paint brush, wich quite enjoyed, but i wouldn't mind some advice with the bottle and tip. I'm guessing maybe the paste was too think.

I was happy with how dark it came out.  Some parts are a little uneven, but again i am assuming that is becase the paste was brushed on unevenly (?).

I had very little ryme or reason to my design. Just kind of did it.  I think with i get a bit more comfortable with the paste, i will try to fallow a pattern of sorts.

Any who, wouldn't mind any comments or advice from the experts i know are out there.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2007 03:47:01 PM »

you did a loooooooooooooooooooot betetr than I could have!

keep up the good work! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007 08:10:24 PM »

Aw, you are such a sweetie.  I'm flattered  Wink

I love the leaves/dots you did on your hand.  It's very simple and you used the space wonderfully!  (I'm an art compostion nerd, hehe)

Your stains look really pretty!  What henna did you use, and what was your paste recipe?

As for tips:
If you want to use the jac bottle, try mixing your paste in a Ziploc bag (or a "carrot bag" used for cake decorating).  Then you can just cut off the corner and squeeze the paste into the bottle.  But it looks like you're doing well with the brush, as long as you're not making long, straight lines you should be fine with that.
If you do decide to use some sort of applicator, I'd recommend a cone instead of the jac bottle.  It's much easier on your hands (you don't have to squeeze as hard) and I've found it's easier to get lines of an even thickness.  Here's how to make a cone out of Mylar or cellophane:  http://www.hennapage.com/henna/how/applymylar.html

Great job so far and good luck with future experimentation!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 08:16:58 AM »

So, being a henna enthusiast, what kind of stores do you find the mylar or celophane sheets in?  I live in a small town in Montana, and hate having to drive any distance or order off line for stuff.  I like instant gratifications!  Let me know!

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007 10:26:37 AM »

Pretty much anywhere that sells gift wrap (Wal-mart, party stores, Hallmark, etc) should have it.  It's that shiny wrapping paper.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007 08:34:15 AM »

Great, thank you!!  I will grab some up today. 
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