Re: A question about making your own patterns........

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Posted by Kenzi on August 21, 2002 at 22:55:42:

In reply to: A question about making your own patterns........ posted by Jamie on August 21, 2002 at 22:23:51:

Very good question! It really makes me think about the process. I
think that I often find patterns in the things I see around me like
cast iron fences, the design on someone's clothing, jewelry, etc.
You can just see all those things around you and see them as they
objects they are, or you can see them as potential henna designs.
Once you start doing henna more you will only see things in terms of
henna designs!

You can also just start your design with a single dot and let the
design just develop from there. Many beginner designs can be simple
but look complicated; all you are doing is putting down the first dot
or line and building from there. For example, make a single
dot...pause....draw a cirle around that....draw another circle or a
square...pause.....consider your design so far....draw 4 lines
radiating out from the circle like points on a
compass....pause....etc. etc.

To help jump start your process, take a look at other people's work
and try to see what they have created, breaking it down from the
middle outwards, look at how their design is just starting with a
single dot or line and building outwards.

The picture above is a typical example of the kind of thing I am
talking about; when you break it down there is nothing difficult or
particularly unique about it, but all together it is a pretty
design. I am sure you will be doing better designs than this very


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