One of the simplest ways to bedazzle your henna is to dust the still-moist henna paste with body glitter!
Glittering is useful for paste applications in several ways:
Get cosmetic grade body glitter. Craft glitter may irritate the skin. Apply henna paste as usual, and glitter it before it dries. Blow on the area gently to remove excess glitter from the skin.
The simplest, quickest way to apply glitter is to "poof" it with a "poof bottle" Get glitter in a small bottle, then squeeze the bottle within a few inches of the henna, and a blast of glitter will poof out. "Poofing" looks lovely in the sunshine! If you are working outdoors on a windy day, you could loose your "poof" if you're not careful. If you're in the house, much of the "poof" may decorate your carpet and surrounding furniture.
"Poof" carefully! NEVER inhale "poof", and make sure your client doesn't inhale "poof" either. Don't "poof" near eyes, mouth, open cuts, or genitals.
If you're indoors or need to apply glitter more cautiously, use a broad brush. Put the glitter into a cup, and scoop some up with a brush. Hold the brush near the henna, then tap the brush until the glitter drops onto the henna. Still, be careful to not get glitter in eyes, mouth, nose, cuts, or genitals.
It looks like Fairies applied the henna!
The pattern above is adapted from
"Ancient Blue Pagan Patterns from Ancient Europe"
by Alex Morgan,
is published by TapDancing Lizard.
Return to Gilding Techniques Index:
Looking for information about Henna?