Back designs

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Posted by Kelly M. on July 31, 2002 at 16:31:28:

As I've always just henna'd myself, I've never found a way to henna
my own back and I don't think I ever will. My boyfriend is a
wonderful willing guinea pig whenever I want to try something new.

I attempted my first back design on him yesterday and it was a
disaster! I first tried to do it with him sitting down. That was a
bad idea. So I had him lay on the bed, face down, arms at his sides.
Both of us were relieved when I was done. I was finding out quickly
that certain body parts are much harder to henna because they cannot
be kept still. Each breath he took would cause a lump in a line. I
spent almost 45 minutes painstakingly copying a celtic design by
Catherine Jones. To avoid drips, I made him lay there until it dried.
When he stood up, I actually let out a short scream.

The design that had been symetrical and centered laying down was now
lopsided and very crooked. And because I was using terped paste was
now totally set into his skin. I'm assuming that the gravity's affect
on the skin while he was laying down totally changed when he was
standing up, shifting everything. How does everyone else avoid this
when doing back designs? Do you trace the design out first? Is there
a certain way you have them lay?


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