Progressive drawing of a funky hand design

This weeks progressive drawing is from one of our ebooks (mehndi look book, Volume 3). This design is a sure pleaser, as it appeals to all sorts of people. The layout is funky enough for the hipster, but full enough for the old school aunts at the wedding party. The design incorporates both geometric and floral elements. The layout of the design, even with its floral elements, is cool enough for the non floral person. (This was done at the Edmonton Tattoo Show 2015)

The design feature the use of repetitive fillers and elements to complete the design. When broken down, this design is actually really simple to apply.  Before beginning, you should consider how you want to layout the design. Take note of the length of the fingers and width of the wrist before jumping into the design. The best part about this design is that enev if you are new to hand symmetry, the design is calculated, so the placement of the motifs are very simple. 

Start with a crescent shape placed on the pinky side of the hand, with the middle of the crescent being just above the wrist. Fill in this shape with a cross hatch filler. In this design, you will want to alternate between geometric and floral fillers to keep the balance of the design. 

Outline the crescent with a tick line. Since there are so many details in This design, you want to use a variation of thick and thin lines to keep the design from looking like too much of a hodge podge. Outline this with a normal line and create a band.  This band will be filled with a floral design. 

Outline this again and line it up with a neat row of closely placed scallops. Then, add a little leaf to the scalloped edge. You could also opt to add a row of dots instead of little leaves. If you like the leaf look, but have difficulty achieving these with the actual henna paste, simply put big dots and then drag the past up and outward to create the leaf shape.  

The second portion of the design is really easy to apply because you will be able to use the fingers as your guides. Start with a set of lines to create a band on the thumb. Fill in the thumb with a floral filler. 

Going towards your wrist, apply another set of thin lines connecting the space between your pointer finger and middle finger.  Your pointer finger will be filled with a geometric filler. 

Repeat the same thing with your middle and ring finger. Fill this with a floral filler. 

Finally, you will outline the ring finger with the similar scalloped edge with leaves (or bold dots)

Viola!  Your design is done!  

If you got inspiration from this design, please be sure to tag us so we can see your work!