How to Draw a Paisley Henna Design

Learn how to draw a paisley henna design from expert Lisa Butterworth in this Howcast video about henna and mehndi art.

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Learn all about Mehndi -- the ancient Indian art of applying henna dye to hands and feet as a temporary decoration -- from expert Lisa Butterworth in these videos. You'll learn how to mix henna; how to avoid poisonous black henna; how to draw henna designs like flowers, stars, vines, buds, and leaves; how to apply gems, gilding, and glitter paste to henna designs; how to protect the paste and wrap the henna design; and much more.

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I'm Lisa Butterworth sometimes known as Kenzi and I'm a henna artist and the owner of a henna supply business, kenzi.com. Today I'll unleash your inner henna artist and have you drawing henna designs all over your friends and anyone else who will sit still. Once you've mastered the lines and the curves and the dots and the leaves that you need to do with, you can start branching out into some other designs. One typical design that you'll find in a lot of Indian designs is the Paisley, and I'm going to show you how to do the Paisley. Paisley is basically just an "S" that you connect up, and I'm going to show you how very simple it is to make a Paisley. So you just start with the top of your "S," and then you curve it around, just making an "S," it's very simple. And then when you bring this end of the "S" around just connect it up with the rest of the thing, and there you have a Paisley. And then you can kind of touch it up a little. So I'll show you again. Just make and "S," and then connect it up. And then you can start playing around with this and doing different shapes, and kind of exaggerate your "S," and have some fun with it. And then you just fill it with any kind of designs you want. So you could use some of the flowers that you've been practicing, and just have fun with it. The Paisley in India is also known as the Mango, and it's considered a fertility symbol because the mango has that big seed. So this design is used in a lot of bridal designs to wish the bride many happy, healthy babies. So, there you go, you have a Paisley.

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  • Lisa Butterworth

    Kenzi (aka Lisa Butterworth) traces her passion for henna to the time she spent living and working in Morocco. A self-taught professional henna artist, Kenzi offers private consultations and teaches the art of henna in workshops throughout New York City. Kenzi is the author, along with Nic Tharpa Cartier, of the first book on Moroccan henna: Moor: A Henna Atlas of Morocco. She lectures about Moroccan henna all around the world.