How to Create an Indian Mehndi Backdrop

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How to Create an Indian Mehndi Backdrop
Learn how to create an Indian-themed backdrop for photos. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Make photos with an exotic or Indian theme by making your own backdrop with mehndi designs. Mehndi is the Indian tradition of painting intricate designs on the skin with natural henna paste, which stains the skin. Apply these intricate designs with certain supplies to create a fabric backdrop that is aesthetically pleasing, without distracting from the foreground of the photo. Since these designs are very complicated, look at images of the designs to guide you.

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Things you need

  • Clothing iron
  • Fabric sheets
  • Plastic sheet
  • Paintbrush
  • Liquid fabric paint
  • Mehndi design images
  • Dryer

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  1. 1

    Heat up a clothing iron, and iron the creases or wrinkles out of the fabric you are using for the backdrop.

  2. 2

    Spread a plastic sheet that is larger than the fabric you are using for the backdrop across the floor to protect it from bleeding ink. Place an old piece of fabric over the plastic that is also larger than your backdrop fabric to soak up any excess ink bleed and prevent it from soaking back up through the backdrop cloth.

  3. 3

    Dip a paintbrush into some liquid fabric paint and start drawing the mehndi design in the centre of the cloth and work your way around to the edges. Look at images of mehndi designs for ideas of how the design on the backdrop should look. Use a colour of paint that is slightly darker than the colour of the fabric. Wait eight hours for the paint to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Run the painted fabric in a dryer on the medium setting to "set" the paint into the fabric with heat, so the paint doesn't run when the fabric is washed. Hang the backdrop behind your photo taking area.

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