Henna designs are an alternative to having a permanent tattoo applied to your skin. Brides are adorned with henna designs on their hands and feet to promote good luck, a practice that dates back to Queen Mumtaz in the 1600s, according to the website Tattoo-Me. This tradition has evolved into an art form that is applied to any area of the body using henna, which is a temporary ink derived from a henna plant. Henna designs can be transferred to the body by using carbon paper for those artists who do not apply henna freehand.
Draw or print out the henna design on plain white paper. Lay the henna design onto the purple portion of the carbon paper.
Tape the henna design down to the carbon paper to prevent slipping. Use a pencil to follow each line of the design. Press down with light, even pressure. While tracing, lift an end of the white piece of paper periodically to ensure that all of the lines have been drawn over.
Remove the tape and flip over the henna design. The henna design will now be on the back of the white paper. Cut excess paper off from around the design.
Wet the area where the henna design will be applied. Use a mixture of one-part soap and three-parts water in a spray bottle.
Put the henna design onto the body part. Smooth the paper onto the skin by starting at the middle out toward the edges. Keep the paper on the skin for 30 seconds.
Peel the paper off of the skin slowly, starting with one of the top corners. Allow the stencil to dry on the skin for several minutes before beginning the henna application.