‘White Henna’ Lesson Six: Creating complex designs with Becoming Moonlight ‘white henna’

finished becoming moonlight white henna design

‘White henna’ is a body adhesive created for the attachment of surgical appliances and for make up artists. It has been adapted for henna body art designs, and can be used with other modern media to create beautiful ‘white henna’ art.

The body adhesives contain water, acrylic emulsion, glyceryl, guar gum, sorbitol, titanium dioxide, and a trace (less than 1%) of benzyl alcohol.

When you dust glitter or gilding powder over the surface of ”white henna’ you can create any color you desire: the colors of glitter or gilding powder stick to and seal the surface of the adhesive.

close up of becoming moonlight white henna design

Becoming Moonlight®, Pros-Aide Cream Adhesive, gilding powder, gems and Temptu are a group of materials specially formulated to work together and extend the range of colors and applications available to henna artists.

These materials are waterproof, absolutely safe for use on skin, and lasts from three to ten days.

sketching out design using watercolor pencil

If you want to do a complex pattern that cannot be easily freehanded, lay it out first with aquarellable pencil on damp skin.

continued sketching

Aquarellable pencil mistakes can be ‘erased’ from the skin by dabbing with water.

shake shake shake your temptu

When you have laid out the pattern, shake the bottle of Temptu, vigorously before using.

The medium of Temptu tends to separate from the pigment. Shake the bottle of Temptu each time before using.

small amount of temptu used for becoming moonlight body art

Put a few drops of Temptu temporary tattoo paint on a plate and alow them to thicken for a minute or two. If your Temptu becomes too thick, you can thin it with 91% isopropyl alcohol.

beginning of temptu application to design

Apply Temptu with a brush to your design layout, painting over the aquarellable pencil, and interlacing the knotwork as you go.

continued application of temptu

Apply Temptu on clean, dry skin. Temptu will dry in a few minutes. It will remain slightly sticky.

sealing temptu design with becoming moonlight gilding powder

When the painting is finished, brush gilding powder over the white Temptu to seal the paint and make it waterproof.

brushing away excess powder from temptu design

Brush away the excess gilding powder.

wiping away watercolor pencil and excess gilding powder with damp cloth

Wipe the pattern gently with a moist cloth to remove remaining gilding powder and aquarellable pencil lines.

adding additional detail to design with becoming moonlight gilding powder

If you want to add Becoming Moonlight® gems to your design, apply a drop of Becoming Moonlight® gilding paste to each point where you want to place a gem, then set a gem on the paste.

application of becoming moonlight gems with small birthday candle

Use a birthday candle to pick up the gem and set it into place.

additional detail added to white henna design with becoming moonlight gilding paste

Extend and elaborate on the pattern by applying Becoming Moonlight® gilding paste as you would henna, but use much finer lines. Use the gilding paste to define and enhance your Temptu pattern.

Thicker paste lines will take longer to dry: lines the size of a cat’s whisker will dry in about ten minutes.

setting becoming moonlight gilding paste with becoming moonlight gilding powder

Allow the Becoming Moonlight® gilding paste to dry. Apply Becoming Moonlight® gilding powder generously to make the paste durable and waterproof.

If your brushes stick to the gilding paste, let the paste dry longer. If there is gilding paste stuck in the bristles, clean the brush with 91% isopropyl alcohol and let it dry.

continued application of gilding powder to design

Generously cover all of the Becoming Moonlight® gilding paste design with Becoming Moonlight® gilding powder.

brushing away excess gilding powder

Brush away the excess gilding powder with a large, soft brush.

If excess gilding powder clings to the skin, wait about ten more minutes and rinse the skin with water, or wipe gently with a soft, moist cloth. .

finished Becoming Moonlight body art design

When your Becoming Moonlight® ‘white henna’ body art design is completed, it will be waterproof and remain on the skin for three to ten days, depending on care.

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