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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

The Henna Toilet #1

The Henna Toilet #1

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I love ornament, so expect a lot of these. This one almost looks like it's entirely tattooed with Henna. Henna is a plant which can produce a dye used since antiquity to stain skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. It is used to produce beautifully intricate temporary body art tattoos which can last several days.

Used since the Bronze Age, the earliest mentions of henna use are in preparation for marriage and fertility celebrations. Henna was regarding as having "Barakah", that is, blessings, and was applied for luck, joy and beauty.

If you are interested in learning how to apply and create henna patterns, visit this terrific complete site: http://www.hennapage.com/henna/what/freebooks/index.html

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henna

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