How to Draw a Flower & Create Shading in Henna Designs

Learn how to draw a simple flower and create shading 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.



I'm Lisa Butterworth sometimes known as Kenzi and I'm a henna artist and the owner of a henna supply business, 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 practice the basics for doing henna designs; lines, circles, dots and leaves then you can build into a bigger design. I'm gonna show you how to make a really basic flower kind of in the Indian style and it's using a lot of the skills that you should of already be practicing. So I like to just start a flower with a dot or a spiral in the middle and these designs just build from the center out. So I'm just gonna create a little scalloped edge around the little spiral that I made. And then I'm gonna start creating some petals. You can make your petals any shape you want. And just let your creativity flow. There's really no wrong way to do this. We're not drawing any particular flower. This is not a botany class. We're just drawing something that looks like a flower. So if you want your flower to have a little more shape and body to it you can you can do some shading. And usually what I do is I make sure the henna on the edges of the petals is a little bit thicker and I then just pull the henna down using tip of my tool. And this gives a kind of illusion of some shading. The other thing you can do is do it from the center of the flower out towards the edge of the petal and this will give your design a little bit more depth. So once you have your simple flower like this you can kind of build on it and start creating other things. You can add another layer around it just by creating a really simple outline like this. And then once your finished with the outline you can add another layer of scallops or some more petals or whatever you want. I'm just gonna do some little flower buds coming out on the edges here. And that is how you draw a really simple flower in the Indian style.


  • 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.