In the Indian culture, mehendi or henna used to represent the celebration of a marriage ceremony, which has now evolved into being a part of decoration/temporary tattoo that is made for amusement.
The bridal mehendi consisted of more intricate designs and done professionally, but with the culture diluting more with the western world, it has become a way to showcase creativity for amateurs by experimenting on one hand, predominately the left hand palm.
We combined a few simple henna designs for those beginners who would like to experiment for an occasion or just to showcase their love for mehendi. These designs will sit gracefully on your palm and will elevate all your ethnic outfits for sure.
A Circular Floral
A floral design is one of the most commonly featured designs, which only differs in quality and intricacy. As a beginner, you can try out this simple texture of circles which cover the majority of your hand.
A geometric shape is a slightly different approach from those florals but if done correctly, can create an intriguing look. For a minimal design, pick out a single finger design and instead of covering the complete palm, leave some area to make the contrast more visible.
A Petalled Flower
A simple yet elegant looking design is to create a floral pattern with open petals to give layers to the design, while also covering the palm area with a common element. If it’s your first try at mehendi, this design is a perfect example of what you can create effortlessly.
Besides the floral pattern, spirals are another popular choice for a mehendi designs as it doesn’t require to be absolutely accurate, and can be created in a matter of minutes. You can add your own flare of leaves or borders to highlight the design as you wish.
Disjointed Floral Design
A disjointed design will comprise of different areas of the palm covered in different textures and without flowing freely on your palm. This design can be joined by vines or a common flower pattern to create a form of beginning or ending to the design.
Complete Disjointed Design
A design doesn’t necessarily have to be joined somewhere to represent a continuous design. You can create a pattern that only extends to the sides of your palm to stand out of the generic ones.
Heart shaped pattern
Heart shaped patterns are also considered as a straightforward design with simple henna filling at the top. The pattern can be manipulated and forged into various forms and can be layered according to your creativity.
Side Palm Design
A side pattern is also preferred by many to keep the palm usable even after application and giving only a side glance of the pattern, making it look interesting.
Partially Filled Pattern
Another pattern being created is the partially filled design which includes cover a side of the form by doodling around it and giving the remaining hand a simple design to cover the space. This type of design was inspired by the ‘pallu’ and the body of a saree which showcases a similar design feature.
Single Vine Design
Another popular choice for beginners is to choose a single vine design which can be done on any of the fingers and be created from a floral or spiral or a diamond pattern, showcasing an elegant design.
Single Motif Pattern
If you’d rather have a single perfect pattern rather than an all over design, you can choose to create a simple yet classy design in the center of your palm to visualize the way it shall look. It wouldn’t affect your finger movement by much and would present a refined look.
Leaf vines are also one of the most widely used patterns, originating from the Arabic designs and merging with the Indian designs and textures. This design can be wrapped around the palm the way you would like to represent it.
It can also be completely filled with henna or be shaded or adored with a dotted outline, completely according to your preference.
A jali pattern symbolizes a checkerboard and can be adorned by filling alternate gaps or by creating another motif on the same. These designs are one of the simplest and the quickest to make and can be used to fill in gaps in a design.
This design showcases a combination of motifs and patterns, combined together to create one visually appealing mehendi. You can tryout your favourite shape and decorate it like you would work on a doodle!
A paisley motif is one of the oldest images of our culture and can be seen in the history books. It’s said that its origin lies when the Mughals settled in India and came with their Arabic designs.
This design can be used to create a defined intrinsic pattern with or without an accessory.
One of more intricate designs are created by shading the various areas of the hand with a darker shade of henna or vice versa.
If you have been experimenting with various designs for a little while, feel free to try out this method of creating a design of simple patterns but applying shades to the same. The colours after the removal will seem to be painted.
If you’d rather divulge from the traditional designs used in India, there are always new motifs or patterns that can be used to style your hand and experiment with the various techniques they can be combined with.
Mehndi design is a subject of combining your favourite shapes and creating a design that would stay with you for a few weeks, like a temporary tattoo.
It’s not necessary that it has to be a traditional design but can also be your very own innovative way of using new themes and substituting the florals with your desired element. Try a design of your choice!