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1) These are Buds.
The Bud is a very small leaf. The Bud is one of the most common elements in henna patterning, India and elsewhere. Leaves and flowers bud at the end of a drought, at the onset of life-giving rain. The bud is used as a metaphor for new love and new life, fertility and joy. A bud is a thing of joy!
2) To make the Bud, roll the henna around in a tight little dot, then pull a tail out of the whirl.
You can pull the tail out from the center of the whirl, or out to the side. A bit of the henna is dragged out of the whirl, so it makes a nice smooth Bud shape.
3) Practice your Buds.
Whirl and roll the little spirals tight and neat, and try to make consistant little buds.
Perfectly rolled Buds are a thing of beauty!
4) Pair up your Buds along a line.
5) Make a wavy vine of Buds.
A budding vine is often a metaphor for a growing family. Many a young man has become enraptured with a lady who had a handfull of Buds, and soon after found they had a growing family.
6) Make fine stems of Buds!
Practice rolling Buds for speed, consistency and accuracy.
7) Bud some flowers!
8) Bud a paisley.
9) Ready to score some Buds? Click on the image above for two hands full of Buds!
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