The eight-pointed star once depicted the planet Venus, which has an eight year cycle. The eight-pointed star may also symbolize the goddesses, fertility and blessings associated with the planet Venus. There are many variants of eight-pointed stars in North African folk art.
1) Here is one way of drawing an eight-pointed star:
2) Here is another way to draw an eight pointed star:
These are actually the same star, just drawn different ways. If you rotate the second star 45' its the same as the first star. (Turn your head sideways, or tip your monitor sideways, if you don't see this)Practice this star a few times until its easy.
Try some simple variations:
Now, try some more complicated variations:
North African style henna often takes advantage of stringy henna. This facilitates patterns made with a dot-drape-dot technique. The dots that begin and end every line are functional as well as decorative
Make as many stars as you can, slightly more complicated each time!
Make a star and fill in different sections for different emphasis.
Once you have your patterns drawn, you can make a more dramatic pattern by filling different areas.
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