Ever since we were little, we have adored henna tattoos. We attended our first Indian wedding at a very young age because our older cousins made their special day a traditional celebration to introduce new family members to the bride’s culture and heritage and we came out of that wedding covered in stunning henna designs ranging from simple to intricate. We spent the next week telling our friends all about the event and showing off the beautifully stained patterns on our skin. When the henna faded, we begged our new cousins to teach us how to make some of our own so we could practice making all kinds of designs throughout the summer and we’ve been doing it ever since! There are plenty of ways to make natural DIY henna and plenty of places to buy safe, authentic mixtures from stores, but getting your hands on the henna itself is the easy part. Next, you have to think of what kind of pattern to create and where to put it! This summer, we plan to teach our own kids about the stunning art of henna tattoos with the help of the very cousins who taught us when we were young. Together, we’ve been looking at all kinds of inspiration designs and ideas and saving our favourites.
Just in case you love henna tattoos as well and feel like you could also use some design inspiration, here are 15 of the prettiest patterns and most helpful tutorials we’ve come across so far!
1. Back of the hand and up the forearm
The more you learn about henna tattoos, designs, and art, the more you’ll see that there are certain spots on the body that are very common to do. Possibly our favourite place to create the stained tattoos is across the backs of our hands! These patterns are particularly pretty if you extend them down your forearm and up your fingers towards your nails. Taylor Lence shows you precisely what we mean and walks you through the process of creating a floral inspired design with detailed leaves, as is common in a lot of henna design.
2. Delicate finger ring tattoos
Was the part of what we outlined above that caught your eye the most definitely the way they extended their art up the length of their fingers, but you actually loved the look so much that you can’t help wishing the design concentrated on the fingers even more? Then we have a feeling you’re the perfect person to give this stunningly delicate henna rings design featured on Henna Art by Aroosa a try. They suggest all kinds of shapes and details to pattern your fingers with, creating a sort of dainty layered ring effect that’s wildly pretty.
3. Simple finger dots and arrows
Perhaps you’re actually still practicing with henna art for the very first time this week and, even though you adore the finger patterns we showed you above, you’re worried that those detailed designs are a little too challenging for you until you’ve refined your skills a little bit? Then maybe you’d have a better time starting out with very simple shapes and working your way up to what you saw before! By following a tutorial like this one featured on Ella Wayfarer, you still get the decorative fingers you admired so much but the pattern becomes a little more manageable.
4. Pretty finger hearts
Are you definitely still thinking about how much you love finger henna art designs but you’d prefer something a little different in shape, perhaps only on a couple fingers because you’re not sure your job will appreciate it much if you cover your entire hand? In that case, maybe just your thumb and pointer finger would do the trick! Check out how Boat People Boutique created a lacy looking pattern in just a few simple strokes, concentrating on hearts rather than more traditional flowers for a slightly more modern effect that goes well with the unique shape of the finished piece.