I have 'em stand up in front of me

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on August 1, 2002 at 14:46:46:

In reply to: Back designs posted by Kelly M. on July 31, 2002 at 16:31:28:

Since we can't have people lie down here in NYC, and I don't want to
bother dealing with shifting skin and gravity, I just have them stand
while I sit in a chair behind them. For the upper back or shoulder
they can sit in front of me, depending of course on chair height and
how tall they are!
This is all of course AFTER I tell them henna doesn't stain well on
those parts of the body ;)


: 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
: 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
: 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
: When he stood up, I actually let out a short scream.
: The design that had been symetrical and centered laying down was
: 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
: 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
: a certain way you have them lay?


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