the art of mehndi

1:01 AM

While in India, I was so excited that we were able to have mehndi done on our arms!  We got such beautiful designs on our arms and supported a local artist.  Yea!!

applying henna

Mehndi is typically done for special occasions like weddings.  Artists apply a paste called henna which is made from grinding leaves and adding oil.  The artist that applied our henna gave us some paste he had made.  He told us he had added coffee and eucalyptus oil to his. 

my henna

I couldn't believe that it only took him about 15 minutes to do such an intricate design.  His art stopped other locals, too, as they commented on it and all gave their two cents worth of how to take care of it. After the henna dries, leave it on as long as you can.  Apply lemon juice and sugar to make it darker.  Don't use soap on your arm.  And our own addition...putting lotion on it everyday. 

Sadly, my beautiful mehndi tattoo is gone.  Guess I'll have to go back to India for another one.  That, or attempt my own version with the henna cones I brought home.  Emma G is pretty excited to try her own designs!

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  1. What amazing designs! And so quick. I'm excited to see what Emma G comes up with!

  2. So beautiful and feminine! Can't believe it only took 15 minutes-That's incredible!
    Thanks for sharing your travels :0
    Sherri Ohler

  3. this is absolutely stunning. I would SO love to have one! I am amazed at the art God gives people!

  4. Wow, these are stunning designs. How lucky you are to have had them on your skin - it looks wonderful. I'm still dreaming of it...

  5. So detailed and beautiful...what a gift of art, thanks for sharing!

    ~hopping over from High Calling

  6. sorry - I meant (in)courage!

    (too much blog hopping today. :o)

  7. 15 minutes!? Oh my goodness! That would take me several hours! What an amazing talent!

  8. That is beautiful!

    I look forward to seeing what designs you and Emma G make!

  9. Oh my goodness... that is beautiful! What intricate work. Such talent! How long did it last? Thank you so much for joining us for 'studio sneak peek'. It continues every Friday on my blog... we would love to have you join! :)

  10. I like the idea that it fades so that you can always try something new...unlike a tatoo that is permanent...not always a good thang ;) It's Sat. night and DH is watching Nascar so I'm taking the time to catch up on my blog hops. Having a great time with the Sneak Peak Friday and all you wonderfully talented woman...almost intimiated ;) Have a wonderful weekend. Fondly, Roberta


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