Hands on art for school holidays

Tiara Kara-Couzens, (Louisa Jones) 234254_30

Tiara Kara-Couzens joined a dozen Geelong teens trying their hand at traditional henna art under the tutelage of local instructor Hinal Merchant on Wednesday.

Ms Merchant, who has created henna since she was six-years-old, taught the youths how to make their own henna paste, and pens.

Common in the subcontinent, the Middle East and parts of Africa, Henna involves creating patterns, which fade over time, on the hands, arms and other body parts.

The temporary tattoos are created from a paste using a leaf that acts as a natural dye.

Traditionally henna is applied for weddings, festivals and other special occasions.

The activity, at Armstrong Creek East Community Hub, was one of about 20 activities over the school holidays run by Geelong council’s youth development unit.

The activities including other arts and crafts, a movie night, skate drop-in sessions and more.