I've been doing henna for a long time, and people often ask me to just "do whatever", which makes me happy. I have a few "go to" design elements that my hands can automatically produce without my mind being involved. That's pretty cool, but sometimes it's also fun to try and incorporate someone else's work, whether an entire design, a focal point or just an element. That's how we learn, through imitation and incorporation.
The best way to do this, I've found, is to watch someone create a design from start to finish. There's youtube and instagram videos all over the place for that, and that's helpful, but the best way is to watch the artist in person. Although you aren't conscious of it, you're taking everything in, from the way they hold their cone and their body to the way they breathe and the way they think (or in some cases, how they stick out their tongue!) If you don't exist in the same space as the artist at work, you don't get to feel the true flow of the art.
Of course, the best way to do this is by attending a meetup, a gathering, or a conference! I'm looking forward to the upcoming @PNWHennaAdventure
in April here in Kenmore WA. It's the biggest event in the Pacific Northwest for henna artists and we've got some really unique artists coming to share that space. You should come with me. Visit the instagram for more information.
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