Re: Where to begin?

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Posted by Maureen on September 19, 2002 at 17:56:05:

In reply to: Where to begin? posted by Angyl on September 19, 2002 at 16:16:46:

Hi Angy1

It is always best to start from where you are. You know your skills
level...what you are most comfortable with...what you may ultimately
want to do. Lots of people on the forum have websites. Some sites
are just informational and others are both informational and have
various henna products for sell. Most have information about the
various artist's techniques, favorite recipes, choice of tool to

There are a lot of reasons one might decide applicator bottle over
cone, powder over paste, one recipe, procedure, group of ingredients
over another. A lot has to do with what you would be most
comfortable beginning with. The things you mentioned as choices are
indeed that, your choice. There is no best, just preferences. One
might chose an appliator bottle over a cone because an applicator
bottle is what feels most comfortable being used and comes in
tact...while a cone presents some new things to learn prior to use.
One may choose a paste over powder because with a good paste, one can
begin to focus on the design and other aspects of the process rather
than the mixing process and determining which henna powder works best
for them. Conversely, one might decide that henna powder is best for
them because they want to be in control of their paste and not rely
upon someone elses ability to provide them with something that may be
useful or not. Free hand, transfers, or stencils are all viable
options. You will decide where you want to start.

There are many pieces of this henna/mehndi thing to pick up and
learn. Starting one place today does not prohibit you from doing
something else tomorrow. People get to henna/mehndi from different
routes and take off on different routes with it.

So why not begin by seeing what a lot of other people are and have
been doing. Visit websites and read up on what is there. Check out
what various people have for sell. Make a choice and then your
real "how to" questions will begin..:-) And this is a good place to
come back to with those questions. There is something very basic and
yet complex and mysterious about henna and what it does. The way you
will learn most of what you will really learn about henna and mehndi
will be from what the henna powders/pastes, processes and tools teach
you along the way about what is necessary to do with them in order to
get the outcomes you desire.

Just remember to keep the joy in what you choose to do.

Take care.



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