try the batik technique: henna on cloth

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on November 16, 2001 at 18:11:41:

In reply to: oooohhhhhh that is just gorgeous... thank you for sharing & the Universe thanks you too I'm sure(nt) posted by Alissa on November 16, 2001 at 14:31:36:

If you have had trouble with wicking and spreading with henna on cloth

Think Batik!

Stretch your cloth on a frame. (If you don't have a batik frame and
you can't go outside right now, get a fruit crate and use that as your
frame.) Attach the cloth to the frame with rubber bands and safety

If you can't manage a frame, spread out plenty of paper towels on the
floor and smooth the cloth out on that.

Get a box of parrafin from the canning supplies area of the grocery
store. Get a crock pot from the thrift store. Turn the crock on
"high" , drop in the parrafin and melt it completely. Get a Japanese
sumi type brush. Paint the hot parrafin onto the cloth. That will
resist the henna.

Take a batch of leftover henna and thin it out till its soupy. Glop
that all over the cloth until the cloth is saturated with henna. If
you aren't using a frame, do this in the bathtub. Let the henna dry
on the cloth. Brush and flake off the henna.

Put towels on the floor and iron the hennaed cloth on HIGH. Iron
directly onto the cloth. (In Morocco, they bury the hennaed cloth in a
shallow layer of hot sand and leave it out in the sun.) It won't hurt
your iron to iron the henna and parrafin. The towels will get full of
wax, but it washes out in the washing machine on HOT.

Iron, iron, iron ... the more you iron the darker it gets. Rinse the
cloth clean with hot water and detergent and iron more. You can
splash on ammonia for extra darkness.

Silk and wool are keratin just like skin ... so use the same

Natasha did some wonderful henna on cloth stuff a while back ...
perhaps if she cruises by she can add something!


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