Sketch first for speed and accuracy, Stabilo and Derwent Aquarellables

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 9, 2002 at 21:07:58:

In reply to: Re: Multi-Mats celtic design on back posted by Flavia on July 9, 2002 at 16:36:49:

: I looked down the rabbit hole and the girl lying on the mat has
: lines on her skin different from the pattern. are theses your guide
: lines? did you draw them on , and using what item?

I quickly lay out the symmetry of a design, circles, centers, lines,
before I start to henna. Then, I can henna a complex design very
quickly, and accurately! I use Stabilo or Derwent Aquarellable
pencils to lay out the design. I either dip the tip in water and draw
straight onto the skin, or I wipe a little water on the person's skin.
If I don't like the way the patterns lay This makes a world of
difference in knotwork! Speed, symmetry and accuracy come right up!
YOu can do far more complex patterns, with a higher degree of grace
and balance if you sketch first! ( I hate getting halfway into a
design and finding I've misjudged something crucial!) Cheating? Da
Vinci sketched on his canvases first.


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