Bellahenna is on liveraise

Hi all!  I'll be doing some classes and video tutorials on the new streaming app LiveRaise.  Download the app, give BellaHenna a follow, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Next up:  Mini Glass Etching Tutorial 8/17/16 at 6pm EST


Henna Hacks  

Henna Hack #5 - Don't waste your paste.  Sick of stubby left over henna cones?  Keep an empty cone handy and squeeze your leftovers into it at the end of your session.  

Henna Hack #4 - Henna Bellies - Take note of the focal point of your henna belly, while the client is standing up.  How the belly is positioned when standing and sitting can differ quite a lot.   
If the belly sitting is low, start a little higher and work down--the belly button is not always the center! 

Henna Hack #3 - Timing is everything.  Knowledge is power.  Bartenders know everything.
For maximum cone-filling efficiency, count how long of a squeeze you need to fill your henna cone with paste.  Find your magic number and Voila!--you're a cone filling machine!  

Henna Hack #2-  Make a symbol for testing your henna paste consistency.  
Make sure it has the design elements you most often use in it (lines, humps, dots, leaves etc.) , and is something small that you can repeat consistently so you know what you're looking for.  
Do your lines/humps bleed together? How about your dots? And leaves?  Shading?

Henna Hack #1 - Test your paste for dry time and texture while you roll cones.  
This way you don't cone up a bunch of henna and then discover it is too dry or wet, and you replenish your cone stash at the same time! 

Henna Hack #0 - Mehndi math.  A little bit of basic knowledge in your tool kit will get you out of many a compositional jam. Get familiar with the rule of thirds, and the basic elements of composition and design, and incorporate your new math smarts into your henna art.

More about Henna Hack #4 Henna Belly:  
Determining how high up and how far down your design needs to go is helpful for several reasons.  1) it would be a shame to do a perfect mandala henna belly only to have the client stand up and realize you can only see the top third of the design, and 2) working from the bottom up rather than the center (again, not necessarily the navel) out or top to bottom is more difficult and leaves you more vulnerable to smudges.  Also, having to much at the bottom of the belly also makes it more likely that your work will smudge when the client stands up)