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The Art of Henna

Body Art for the Soul

Complete henna newbie here.
coffee_n_parlor wrote in henna_art
Recently I was lamenting to a friend about how badly I wanted a tattoo, and how badly I am afraid of needles. Said friend, who has been dyeing her hair with henna for some time, suggested a henna tattoo, and I haven't been able to get my mind off of the idea since then. I definitely want to give myself a henna tattoo! :)

However, I'm a -complete- newbie about it. I've tried looking up newbie guides about henna tattooing online, but everything I find is kind of... brand-specific. I can't find anything that looks like a good reference for learning what I need to know as a beginner.

I also know that if I want to keep this tattoo around for a while, I'll need to redo it every few weeks; I'm fine with that, but I don't know anything about amounts of henna necessary for maintaining a tattoo for an extended period of time.

So basically, here's what I need to know:
-Are there any links to information that's really good for beginners and not just trying to push a certain product?
-What do I need to buy to start out with?
-How much henna do I need in order to renew the tattoo for, say, three months or so? (The idea I have isn't a particularly large design, maybe medium-ish? Around the ankle.)
-Am I crazy for wanting to do this myself?

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!