Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It has been quite sometime I gave attention to this blog; We had been away for vacation and I hardly did anything valuable enough to post. Then I dug out some of my older pictures and found that I hadnt posted this design yet. So here it goes:

Hope you all liked it. See you soon with some interesting paper crafts!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

When somebody said "Practice makes a man perfect", surely they must have had the art of Mehndi in mind! I still remember those days when my mom and myself would try to squiggle out some random designs out of the store-bought cones. As I had said in my previous post, we had a lovely Mehndi tree in our home and were never short of leaves. So cones were not our cup of tea and we were quite satisfied with the usual little Polka-dot patterns!! Occasionally mom would sneak in a few grains of rice or chana dal under the regular polka to achieve a pattern! She is so creative and excellent in Kolams and Rangoli's and it is probably that gene of her, that I have inherited to sketch out decent mehndi designs.. Now if you let me, I'll go on and on..

I had put Mehndi last weekend, and this time I took step-by-step pics of how it turned out. Before going out to the mehndi desgins, I just wanted to give you an idea of the main parts of a complete mehndi design.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional Mehndi designer nor a teacher. Whatever I have presented here are born out of my own imagination and I don't claim that these are the rules of Mehndi designing. Your imagination is the best guide and let it lead you to play around! :)

1. Motifs or the Main shapes: These are the basic shapes that adorn all over your hand. Usually you draw them big and extend them to join another Motif to make a pattern.

Some of the often-used and famous motifs are peacock, mango shaped, a mandap-shape, floral designs, etc.
2. Fillers: After you draw these motifs or the main shapes, you start filling them with recurrent patterns, curves, or lines. You can alternate with as many filler designs as you want to achieve the most complicated design.

Some of the commonly used fillers are curves, checker-board designs etc.
3. Enhancing designs / Accentuators: These designs are not enough by themselves to create a design. When they are used along with the exisiting pattern, they beautifully enhance the whole design. While these are not a part of a regular design, adding them makes your design stand out. (like biting into a cashew when you are enjoying a sooji halwa or kesari!)
Now that these are the essential components, it only takes our imagination and play around with different combinations.

So here are the steps:

Sorry about the poor quality, I had to take it at quick succession and I used to my mobile to make it easy! :(
And the final design:
As and when the mehndi dries up, use a dash of lemon juice mixed with sugar to wet them again. You can leave this on for about 2 to 4 hours, depending on your patience. When you are removing it, use the back of a spoon to scrap the dried mehndi off. Do not wash with water; instead apply a little coconut oil and leave it on for an hour for better results.

This is how the color turned out to be!
Hope you all enjoyed these!! See you soon with another interesting post!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

As I said previously, I don't prefer doing my own designs for 2 reasons; first being my mind wanders off in a matter of time and I end up doing extravagant designs that take 3 to 4 hours to finish. Second reason being, there are so many wonderful designs available in Internet and Designs books and it is fun to recreate them and compare with your effort! So here comes my version of one of the most popular designs, probably what you get amongst the top 10 when you google.

Kind of Arabic Design that fills only a part of the hand

The After-effect!!

Sorry about the poor quality of photo! This was taken way back in 2006 with my mobile camera.

See you all soon with another interesting post!