January 2, 2008

Mehndi books

Do you like temporary tattoos? Do you ever wish you could decorate yourself, but don’t want it to be a permanent alteration? Bring yourself and your friends to the library for a special teen program. The exotic art of Mehndi lets you draw on your hands, arms, or maybe an ankle in designs that will last from 1 to 3 weeks. You can use traditional designs ready at the program, or bring your own artistic creations. But first, if you are not yet 18 years old, ask for a parental permission slip at one of the library desks. You will need to have it signed by your parents(or legal guardian) in time for the program. Don’t worry if you forget for a while, as long as you bring in your parent or the signed slip on the official date of the program.

Warrenton will start the fun on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the program room downstairs. If you arrive early, you can revisit your favorite childhood stories! Bealeton library will be drawing with henna paste on Monday, January 28, 2008 as a special topic during our weekly Teen Coffee House from 7 to 9 p.m.

Remember that you can bring your own artwork, line drawings, and sketches to the program. The henna paste makes a thick line like drawing with cake frosting from a tube, so consider the practicality of translating a pencil sketch to a mehndi stain. Simple, bold designs are the easiest to begin your new career as mehndi tattooists! Hope to see you there!

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 and contemporary mehndi, this complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful henna designs, 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 insider’s tips from professional mehndi artists and more!" At a birth, weddings, when a soldier goes off to war, and deaths, the use of the henna plant touches all stages of life. Copy designs in this book with tracing paper and onto your skin.

Mehndi: the Timeless Art of Henna Painting
by Loretta Roome Dip your fingertips in henna. Spiral fine lines on your palm. Draw swirls on your feet to accent rhythms of dance. Dye your soles. "To dye her feet the woman being dyed lies on her back on a rug which is covered with a jute cloth to receive the dropping or drying crust, legs straight and lifted at ankle level with a low stool." Browse the vibrant fine art color photos and more of actual people. Now are you ready to write your mehndi shopping list, make an application cone, and test for allergies? Try mixing each unique recipe. You will have learned practical information and more esoteric meanings of the mehndi patterns in this new book.