Henna Yourself

1 Jun

My friend Matt went to India last summer and picked up a bunch of goodies.  After seeing my post about hand-carving stamps, he sent me a message offering a hand-carved stamp he’d bought in India and never used.  He thought I’d make more crafty use of it, so he sent it my way along with two tubes of henna, flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool.
One of my friends growing up would show up to school once in awhile (during holidays or weddings) with beautiful henna tattoos on her hands.  I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, but never until this weekend had I gotten a henna tattoo myself.  I decided to bust out the henna and my friend Steph and I took turns drawing on my feet.

You can find henna easily online for pretty cheap.  All you have to do is create a small opening at the end of the tube (most will come with a tapered tip of some sort) and then gently squeeze a thin line onto your skin in any design, pattern or shape you choose.  Wait at least 30 minutes until the henna is dry and crumbling and them just wipe it off your skin.  The resulting “tattoo” will last anywhere from 1-3 weeks.

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