Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo:
Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions,
Patterns, and Projects
By: Brenda Abdoyan
This book is large, gorgeous, and glossy, full of colorful and inspiring photos. It is, however, a little on the short side, at just over 100 total pages.
The book begins with some simple instructions for mixing henna, with a good, though basic, introduction to some recipe and application variations and options. In the style of many hobby/craft books, it uses text and photos to teach, step-by-step, techniques for creating some basic designs, moving on to suggest three (one of each) “beginner,” “intermediate,” and “advanced” tattoo projects to get you started. Then it enters into the Gallery, full of very beautiful photos to inspire you. Next is the Design section, a little over 40 pages long, with ~1-2 large images on each page spanning design ideas for hands, feet, back, shoulder, plus some additional flourishes and elements. Afterwards, it gives you a few blank hand/feet/etc Templates to photocopy and use to sketch out and/or record some of your own designs. It ends with an often-overlooked, though brief (10 pages or so), section on using henna as artwork on objects, which was one of the things that attracted me to the book.
Henna/mehndi artists new and old should be aware that there are many comprehensive and entirely free ebooks by TapDancing Lizard Publications available online, which contain lots of designs and lots of detailed and in-depth information; however, I personally still very much like having books like this one in my library. I was quite delighted with this purchase, and would certainly recommend the book to others, especially to beginners, though I think the designs and photos would keep the interest even of more advanced henna artists.
Ms Abdoyan covers everything from the history of henna and Mehndi, recipe for paste, basics of henna design and offers a great number of beautiful patterns to work from. As a beginner in the art form I will treasure and refer to this book often. The pages are made of a thick paper that won’t easily stain if you’re working from it and drop some paste on it. I will use this book often as I learn and hopefully excel in this beautiful art form.
Also included in this book is the method for applying henna to objects, the preparation of the medium, application of design and after care to keep the stain vibrant.
This book contains everything you need to know. Not only does it have a great recipe but it also explains the importance of each ingrediant. The aurthor takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process which enables you to focus on the fun stuff. She also includes many great patterns!!
About the Author
Brenda Abdoyan is a successful mixed-media artist who fell in love with the beauty of henna tattooing on a trip to the Middle East. Upon returning from her trip, she immediately began to incorporate the curves, twists, and intricate lines of henna tattooing into her own design style leading to the creation of a totally unique form of art that Brenda has coined “Bajidoo.”