Top 5 Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

As a henna artist, my clients will sometimes bring up photos of henna tattoo designs they want done that are by other henna artists or henna designs I have done in the past and most of the time the work they show me I have seen before. They will usually pull up images via Pinterest or Google Images . So I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the 5 most popular henna tattoo designs. I am also somewhat of a social science enthusiast so I know that a big factor that goes into what people like and what catches their eye is not only the henna design, but also the photo styling i.e. colors, placement, surroundings. It’s fascinating to me when I see the same images time and time again as I think to myself “what is it about this photo in particular that people love?” I have a drawing that I did a few years back that has really been very popular and about 10 ladies have had it tattooed on them (that I know of) – you can read more about that very popular tattoo design here as well as other tattoos I have designed . *Note – I will be giving proper credit to these lovely henna artists when I know whom to give credit to. If there is no credit given, it’s just because I’m unaware of who did it so PLEASE let me know if you know who created it!  I will be sure to make the proper corrections. 

Number 5

Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

The Henna Sleeve


I would say about 25% of client coming into the studio request a full henna tattoo sleeve design. These are lovely and end up coming out quite nice. And most of the time clients are using this to test out a tattoo they would like to have and using henna to envision having that much tattoo coverage on their skin. Henna is a great way to test out tattoo designs.

Number 4

Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

Henna Floral Design


This is a design I did several years ago. The beauty of this henna design is that it is universal –  it can be applied almost anywhere on the body. I have done this same floral henna tattoo on the arm, hand, chest, and back. Originally this design was created as a lower back henna tattoo. I am glad it has stood the test of time as has been repinned on Pinterest over 6,000 times!

Number 3

Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

The Shoulder Cap Tattoo


This design is by the incomparable Darcy Vasudev of Henna Lounge and I see it many times from clients as a henna tattoo inspiration. (Side note – I’ve been getting my organic henna supplies from Darcy’s shop Henna Guru for over 6 years and I can’t say enough positive things about the customer service and quality of product!) A shoulder henna design is very popular because it can be a hidden place to get henna if you have a job that doesn’t allow for visible tattoos but it is also the perfect place to highlight your henna design with a sleeveless dress, swimsuit, or tank top.

Number 2

Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

The Glove Style Henna Design


Many of my clients request this style – the henna glove hand tattoo. What is important to do with this type of design is the symmetrical point that ends midway down the hand and the henna finger details where it looks like rings. To make this design really POP – get a lovely manicure with a pink or red polish color. oh yes!

Number 1

Most Popular Henna Tattoo Designs

The Asymmetrical Henna Hand Design


And of course, if you’ve been a henna artist for more than a day, you have come across this design by Henna By Divya. It seems to have everything a client is looking for – intricacy, movement, finger details, and floral elements so can you blame people for choosing this design time and time again? I certainly can’t! Great capture with the proper manicure, delicate pinky ring, and flawless application of henna. Well done Divya!

Henna Designs

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Hello Lovelies !

It’s been a great year for Kelly Caroline Henna Art – we have added new artists to our team, expanded to New York with our henna artists, and added so many new henna designs .

Here are our FAVORITE henna designs of 2017

See more ideas in our henna designs gallery

Follow us on Instagram where our latest henna designs are posted first .

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Bridal mehndi for Indian wedding – full arm henna designs by Kelly Caroline

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Henna on hands for wedding – Arabic style henna designs

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Henna style tattoo design – henna designs by Kelly Caroline

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Hand henna with half mandala henna designs

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Henna on the hand with rings – henna designs for the hand and wrist

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Henna rose tattoo design – henna designs for the shoulder

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Henna tattoo design – henna designs for the shoulder

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Henna Huddle 2017 Michigan Henna

Henna Huddle 2017 Michigan Henna

Henna Huddle 2017  Review

by: Jade Johnson – Artist for Kelly Caroline Henna Art 
 
Two-day Henna Huddle 2017 workshop included 4 classes and one evening talk. Nic Tharpa Cartier is not a rookie to the henna scene. He has been in the industry for 20 years, and has taught classes and workshops
worldwide, and currently works as a tattoo artist. There were 12 women + Nic. Very small and
intimate, there was a pot luck lunch and plenty of henna to go around! The women were super
supportive and authentic. What I found most welcoming was that there where artist of all
different stories. I learned about hennas deep roots. Mauritius is an island located on the
southeast coast; their henna style constructed with basic shapes, yet very extravagant. We also
looked at henna styles in the following counties of Mali, Niger, Senegal and Egypt. I can’t wait
to explore future workshops and classes!
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Traditional Henna Techniques: Hand extruded & Tape Resist.

Tape Resist is an old style, utilizing straight lines, squares and geometric shapes. This style is
created with a material called leokoplast. The Artist manipulates the material using a razor blade
millimeter’s above the client’s skin. This technique will give you very sharp, extremely fine and
fiercely intricate motifs. Once the leokoplast is placed the artist will then smear henna over the
design & then remove the strips of leokoplast. This is complex because it allows the artist to
have fun with positive and negative spaces.

Translate Resist Designs

When recreating a design, it’s easiest to work in layers and follow the
contour of the motifs. Double lines will give your piece volumes of elegance.
Modern western henna especially in the urban areas artist create very full, or scattered designs.
As a henna artist it’s extremely important to create the design as it appears oppose to creating
what your brain tells you what to see. Although; modern henna is folk art, meaning there no
convention to commit too.
“Tattoo it until it looks like a thing.” – Nic
Many artists beat themselves up over perfection; however, the level of perfection has minimal importance. In the
western world henna artist take their time.
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Michigan Henna Huddle 2017

 Design Issues That Appear

Body part switch: When confronted with a client that would like a palm design on their upper
arm. The artist needs to evaluate the new placement area, and think “what is the overall shape? I
want the design to be.” Once the artist has a placement they can then pull motifs from the palm
design to complement the upper arm design.
Working with clients can be challenging. Particularly when the artist is presented with an
extravagant tattoo the client found on Pinterest. With all the hope in the world the artist can
duplicate. I learned a simple, friendly response to such a request, and that is “I can use this as an
inspiration.” I feel inspired saying it!
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Michigan Henna Huddle 2017

Henna tattoos need to flow, and an easy way to keep the flow is create dark and white spaces
equal. Sometimes this can be tricky because a simple design is a simple design. Over
manipulation will give you a tattoo that isn’t flattering.
Clients will tell you they like unicorns, eyeballs, clouds, lizards etc. and would like to
incorporate it all into one design. It’s OK to ask them to condense! As an artist pull part elements
to tastefully combine into a tattoo.

Dumb to Pretty

Being a henna artist, you are going to get tattoo request that seem to come out the wood work.
Request like pawprints, hearts, butterflies etc. How do you make those shapes pretty, and
incorporate a mehndi style? The answer is simple. Start with enlarging the basic outline of the
pawprint, and then work the design into it. Moroccan is the easiest style to fill an outline with,
for it looks beautiful and extravagant.
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Michigan Henna Huddle 2017

Permanent Tattoo Designing

Permanent Tattoo Designing

Hello Everyone! Here in Michigan we have been blessed with more and more sunshine lately, allowing us all to enjoy being outside more! I do love this time of the year. My flower garden is starting to sprout and I’m looking forward to a long growing season.

In other news, lately especially, I have been getting 1-2 requests per week for permanent tattoo designing for ladies as well as copyright requests for drawn art I have done to be permanently done by professional tattoo artists. I have always had clients at the salon have henna done at the salon to test out a permanent tattoo, which is a great idea.

I love that my art can touch individuals in such a way that they want to have it forever. I want to share a few emails I have gotten lately about permanent tattoo designing :

“I have absolutely fallen in love with one of your henna tattoo designs and I am actually interested in having it permanently tattoo-ed on my body” -B.K.
 
“This design catches my eye because it is like a Mandala, but very nature/floral which is something that is absolutely me. It is a beautiful reminder of how complex we are as human creatures, so beautiful and elegant, like flowers – and yet so connected to earth, simple, organic, fragile, like flowers.” – Brittany
 
“I would love for you to design something fun for me! I want to get it on the top of my foot. I definitely want it to be circular. A little bit about me that may help design– I am a yoga teacher so I work barefoot. I LOVE elephants!” -S.K
 

“Kelly! I LOVE THIS!! Thank you so much. I am making an appointment somewhere around Ann Arbor for the end of April/May. I will definitely keep you posted and give you credit in all social media posts. Again, thank you so much. I really appreciate this. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to promote you” – K

“First I’d like to tell you I absolutely adore your work. Every piece is just gorgeously done. I’m interested in tattooing one/two of your designs on my hip. I’d like permission to do that. I’d be looking to join two pieces together for the whole tattoo.” – Marisa

“I just wanted to share that I got one of your designs as a tattoo last April! I get sooooo many compliments! Love it!” – Whitney

“I saw it on Pinterest and fell in love. I looked at it for a month and I realized I’ld love to have it on my body forever. I now have seen it on my body these past couple day and I love it even more!”  – Amanda

*Blush* Thank you ladies – those words touch me deeply. Thank you!

Here are some photos of the henna tattoo designs of mine that have been turned into permanent tattoo designs and drawings that have been made into permanent tattoo designs as well.

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A Wonderful Summer for Henna

A Wonderful Summer for Henna

Farewell Summer! Hello Fall!

As fall is arriving, everyone is getting into Pumpkin Spice mode, raking leaves and going to apple orchards, our public henna festival season is drawing to a close. But what a wonderful summer for henna it was! We got to be in three amazing summer events this year with our henna booth. We got to meet so many of you and share in your great stories while you spent time in our booth. The three top public events we did this year were Electric Forest , DIYpsi , and The Vintage Market in Monroe.

Here are some highlight photos of each event this summer:

Kelly Caroline Henna Art at Electric Forest 2016

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Our henna booth at Electric Forest 2016

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Highlights from our henna booth at Electric Forest 2016

Our Henna Booth at DIYpsi

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Our henna booth at DIYpsi in Ypsilanti

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Our henna booth at DIYpsi in Ypsilanti, MI

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Henna at DIYpsi in Ypsilanti, MI

Henna at The Vintage Market in Monroe, Michigan

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Our packed booth at The Vintage Market in Monroe, MI

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Henna for The Vintage Market in Monroe, MI

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The Vintage Market in Monroe, MIchigan Henna booth

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Happy guests at The Vintage Market in Monroe, MIchigan

All of us at Kelly Caroline Henna Art want to say a HUGE “THANK YOU” to everyone who supported us this summer at all our our public events and private events, too! Here’s to another great season!

Don’t forget, you are always welcome to come into our henna studio in Ypsilanti for private appointments year-round and booking events is easy. Fill out our CONTACT FORM here.

Electric Forest – Henna Michigan

Electric Forest – Henna Michigan

Henna Michigan – Summer 2016 Gearing up!

Hello all! So many fun updates to inform you of. First of all, the henna season is off to a jump start! It’s barely above 40 degrees on any day here in Michigan right now, but we have been getting so many phone call sand requests for weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation parties, after prom events and private henna appointments. Thankfully we have our amazing team of henna artists this summer to handle it all.


 Henna Tattoos in the Henna Studio

If you’re inspired to get a henna tattoo to celebrate the returning of the warm weather, check out our henna gallery full of henna designs for the wrist, feet, back, shoulder and more!

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Electric Forest Announcement

Second BIG announcement! We have been accepted to do henna at Electric Forest this summer!! Our team will be there from June 22nd-June 26th in Rothbury, Michigan. We are unbelievably excited to join the forest family!

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Electric Forest Festival is a four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort. The original event was called Rothbury Festival, debuted in 2008, and focused on jam bands and rock bands. The event was not held in 2010. Electric Forest, which debuted in 2011, is co-produced by Insomniac Events and Madison House. The 2015 event drew an estimated 45,000 attendees. eeming with astonishing art, dreamlike decorations, and incredible musicians will be yours to explore. With a rich history of community engagement and thought-provoking experiences, Electric Forest offers up an astounding adventure for festival-goers.

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If you plan on attending the festival, stop by my henna booth and check us out ! So excited to see you!



 Newest Henna Designs

Here’s a selection of our latest henna designs from private appointments at the studio – Henna michigan

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Henna for Detroit Gets Married

Also, here are some AWESOME shots of the henna I did for the brides for Detroit Gets Married, hosted at The Jam Handy in Detroit . Photos by Chelsea Brown Photography

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Henna for a beautiful bride by Michigan Henna Artist Kelly Caroline

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Henna for a beautiful bride by Michigan Henna Artist Kelly Caroline

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Henna for a beautiful bride by Michigan Henna Artist Kelly Caroline

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Henna for a beautiful bride by Michigan Henna Artist Kelly Caroline

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