These are photos of henna paste on the skin. The natural dye in the henna is staining the skin UNDER the black paste you see in the photo. When the paste is removed, the stain is visible and will darken over the next 48 hours. The quality of finished color depends in part on how you care for your design.
The peacock pattern is very popular, and is one that works great with flip flops! Of course, it's best to leave your shoe on when getting your henna so we can be sure the flip won't flop into your paste.
The second design is great for henna parties where you are free to wander barefoot in your home or other party venue. Bare feet enable the artist to get creative, make henna sandal designs, and all sorts of wonderful art.
There are more photos of henna designs for the feet in this blog, and on my new henna website. I am sure I have a good link to some bridal henna on myspace!
Here are a few tips for good color and a successful henna design on the feet:
- Have your pedicure before you come for henna.
- Wear flip flops or shoes that leave lots of room for your new tattoo.
- Leave the paste on as long as possible.
- Avoid air conditioning (really.. henna gives the best color in hot weather).
- Be sure to protect your finished tattoo with olive oil before getting it wet.
- It is best to stay out of the pool for a day or two so that your henna has time to darken.
If you are feeling really relaxed & indulgent, you can always have henna on the soles of your feet. I will have a few photos of this fabulous art online in my new galleries soon.
Of course there are lots of wonderful artists publishing all kinds of pattern books. Some are available online at Amazon.com, but be sure to visit Tap Dancing Lizard for more great ideas.