Hi there everyone! I recently read the really interesting book 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger. You can read my review here, but I really liked the cover and interior designs which are based on mehendi, or henna. So this post is a tutorial on how to recreate a book cover on your hands. I enlisted the help of my friend Elisabeth, who is a phenomenal artist and my friend Julia, who is a very patient model, to help was this. All I did was take photos.
Step One: Get some henna/mehendi. I have no idea where to find this in the West. Maybe try an ethnic Indian shop or specialty craft store? You can get henna as powder but for decorating-hand purposes, it’s much nicer in a cone.
Step two: Get the main part of the design. In this case, the fish. Elisabeth drew the fish first so she had an outline to work with and then filled in the details
Step Three. Fill in the details. We only did one hand, so we didn’t have the symmetry thing going for the ‘phscedelic fish’ as Julia named them, and Elisabeth wants me to say that “If she had done the faces, they would look like potatoes”. We kind of improvised with the design, is what I’m saying. It still looks awesome in my opinion. If you want to do the simplified version, You can stop here, otherwise you can keep going.Step Four: This is the easy part where detail is vital. Elisabeth just drew the circles with dots over and over, filling in Julia’s hand.Step Five: You now have (half) a book cover painted on your hand! While you wait for it to dry, go and take pictures.
Step Six. This is the hard part. You have to wait for the henna to dry. For the full design it took almost two hours. Once it’s dry enough you should be able to pick it off with your nails, but it the meantime you can’t use your hands.
Step Seven: Enjoy your beautiful book-coveresque henna
Thanks to Julia and Elisabeth for
doing all the work helping out. Have you ever had henna done? Are you going to now? And have you read 5 to 1? Tell me in the comments!