Last Wednesday afternoon, the air in the Teen Room was filled with the scent of eucalyptus oil and the sound of enthusiastic henna fans!
The process to create a beautiful design on your hand, arm or leg was pretty simple. Two hours before the program a cone of dried henna powder, directly from the fields of Morocco, was mixed with a pre-measured amount of special oil. After dabbing eucalyptus oil on the desired body part, a stencil tattoo of animals, ancient symbols, crosses or Moroccan-inspired designs was applied. Within 15-20 seconds the transfer took & filling in the outline with the henna began.
With painstaking patience, the beautiful designs were soon apparent! After waiting until the henna dried, a fairly short period of time, the students were happy to show off their body art!
Everyone indulged in the Red Velvet cake made for the occasion by an aspiring teen chef!
Take a look at the student’s beautiful body designs and the cake (a before photo!) on our flickr page:
The teens are eager to have another workshop during April vacation week. Hopefully this summer we’ll have a Mehndi artist visit to discuss the history of the traditional Indian art of Henna and apply designs to each participant! Look for program information on the library’s webpage, Twitter, and Facebook.
Meanwhile, browse through the books on Mehndi and body art in the library’s collection:
Mehndi : the art of henna body painting by Carine Fabius:
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 and insider’s tips from professional mehndi artists and more!
Decorate yourself: cool designs for temporary tattoos, face painting, henna & more by Tom Andrich.
A step-by-step body-decorating book that offers a range of designs in several techniques…sections on airbrush tattoos, henna patterns, and nail decorations are likely to have a real teen appeal…most of the directions are easy to follow. Striking color photos…appear throughout.
Everything you need to know about Mehndi, temporary tattoos, and other temporary body art by Stefanie Iris Weiss.
Discusses the spiritual aspects and practical applications of mehndi, the practice of painting designs on the body with henna, as well as some of the designs commonly used.