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Posted by Lelia on August 1, 2002 at 03:40:05:

In reply to: Re: Back designs posted by Maureen on August 1, 2002 at 01:24:15:

: Hi Kelly,
: Sketching out the design on the back is truly the key. You can
: corrections where needed prior to applying the henna paste then.
: A back is not a back is not a back. I have had to resort to very
: different things depending on the person. A very thin young girl
: with not a lot of muscular build up is real different from a man
: a lot of muscular build up...the same with the looseness of the
: vs the firmness of the skin and on an on. I didn't find gravity to
: be an issue as much as how the skin, muscle and skeletal makeup of
: the person. I have to draw the design on the person in the standing
: position with the body in a relaxed state. It helps me to have
: sketched the design out on paper to determine the best
: Also because the customer can't see their back, it helps them to
: an idea where the design is and how it is looking on their back.
: it is a fairly large design, I will do a bit of a grid on both the
: sketch and the the back. This helps me with positioning of the
: design as well. I have to sketch the back with the person
: It helps to have a swivel stool that can be raised and lowered
: for sketching. It is important to pull back to get a long view of
: the design as you are working on it both sketching and when
: the paste. It is the contours of the body that become tricky and
: have to compensate for those subltle mounds and angles.
: If I am doing just a small design on a shoulder or something like
: that, I could freehand that. But I would never attempt a whole
: without sketching that out on paper and on the skin of the person.
: The perspective thing is too critical and has a lot to do with the
: body type. I can't sit as Catherine does and straddle the person.
: So the sketchout is the most important step for me. I am lucky to
: have a massage table that I can raise and lower to the perfect
: for me to stand and work and move about without hurting straining
: hurting myself. I have not been lucky enough to have someone come
: and let me do just anything I would want on their back though. I
: waiting for that. The table is great for applying the paste. But
: for sketching out...the person has to be standing for me to have
: design make visual sense when completed. The table is a life saver
: for me. But not readily available for most people.
: So my suggestion is to sketch (paper and on back). Find the best
: to transfer the design to the back that works for you and allows
: to not strain your own body too terribly and at the same time
: provides you the ability to move back and forth to see it from a
: number of angles but most definitely from straight on. Then find
: best position for the individual to rest in a prone position that
: does not visually distort the design you have drawn on the back.
: Since you have an available back to practice on, I am sure you will
: work out the technique best for you. Sketching and really focusing
: on self-care while sketching and applying the paste takes a lot of
: the pain out of the experience.
: Maureen


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