Henna Designs – The Fun and Easy Way With Stencils

One question that we hear a lot here at Henna City is: What’s the easiest way to create simple henna designs? The answer is not as simple as you might think. Everyone has different levels of creativity and artistic skills and what may seem simple even natural to one person can be challenging and frustrating to another. Take it from me, I belong in the latter group, but with a little bit of persistence and a lot of practice I’ve managed to raise myself above the average person.

So How Do We Create Simple Henna Designs?

My suggestion, start with stencils.

Transferable henna design stencil

There’s a lot going on when you’re trying to create a henna design for the first time. It’s like trying to learn how to drive a car. There’s a gas pedal, a brake pedal, traffic lights, signs, cars driving by and people getting on the way at the most inappropriate moments, and you have to be aware of all these things all at the same time.

It’s the same concept with mehndi or henna tattoos. When you’re trying to create a henna design for the first time you need to be aware of the following things:

  • How much pressure you’re applying on your henna cone or applicator bottle
  • What pattern style you want to create
  • If your lines are thick or thin enough
  • If your lines are straight and your circles round enough
  • How you will enhance your designs with dots and squiggly lines
  • Not to mention the person who sometimes may not be as still as a piece of paper

It’s very easy to get caught up paying attention to one thing and forget about or or more of the others.

Stencils take away that pressure.

Henna stencil application

When you’re using a stencil, especially the transferable kind like the ones included in our henna kits, you’re pretty much just tracing, so if you can trace you can create beautiful henna designs.

Henna paste application (Jagua gel)

Henna stencils are a great for beginners because they let you focus on a one of the most import aspects of doing henna and that is controlling the flow of the henna paste from your cone or applicator.

Even people with great drawing skills find that it’s more challenging to draw with a henna cone than a pen or pencil. But with practice, controlling the flow of your henna paste will become second nature, which will then allow you to focus on improving your henna designs.

Finished henna tattoo

One of the drawbacks of using henna stencils is that you’re limited to only those designs that you have in your possession. The good news is that you can always create your own stencils at home either by downloading an image from the internet or by drawing your own design on a piece of paper first and then transferring it to the skin simply by following the instructions posted on our blog on how to create a henna tattoo stencil.