Back hand mehndi designs can include deeply symbolic motifs, or they can be purely decorative
What image comes to mind when you think of mehndi? For me its the intricate patters that artists paint onto the skin with paint dye, often for dyes in preparation for their weddings. These ornate patters can include deeply symbolic motifs, or they can be purely decorative, depending on the designs & the intensions behind them.
And mehndi isn’t only for weddings! It can be a part of religious holidays, such as Eid, Ramzan, Diwali & Karvachauth. You can also apply mehndi just for fun, on yourself or with a group of friends.
When it comes to creating back hand mehndi designs, the options are infinite; however, there are some basic shapes & motifs that are essential to the art form. Once you learn the basics, feel free to experiment to create your own unique pattern & designs!
Patterns & Designs —
The most basic pattern used regularly in traditional mehndi art is called paisley; some also refer to it as a mango-shaped leaf. Flowers are another basic pattern used regularly in traditional henna art; they are often used for fillings.
The swirly vine symbolizes lifelong love and fidelity in wedding mehndi designs. Vines grow together, and they become increasingly dependent upon each other for their structure & foundation as they grow higher. You will often see this light & flowing pattern trailing elegantly down fingers in an otherwise dense & intricate bridal design. It is essential to make your curves graceful & to draw other nearby lines to hug or otherwise complement their shape.
Drawing mandalas can be meditative. They start with a simple center & then grow outward in layers, seeming to unfold right before your eyes. Mandalas have been existent since the Tibetan Buddhist monks created it in sand.
Peacocks are the bird of choice in traditional Southeast Asia mehndi designs. The formula for drawing the standard peacock of traditional Indian henna is to add a head to a paisley shape. Voila! You’ve got a peacock.
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