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Mehndi Inspired Elephant

Video Duration: 31 mins

Estimated time to complete the lesson: 2-3 hours

(pause video as needed to complete steps, but please complete at your own pace)

This tutorial is recommended for adults and children 10+.

Use watersoluble pen to create this patterned ​elephant, inspired by Indian mehndi design

  • be guided step by step

  • learn valuable skills

  • design an attractive composition inspired by mehndi patterning

  • learn new techniques

  • pick up handy tips



  • watercolour paper, no smaller than A4

  • fine, soft brush suitable for watercolour or a refillable waterbrush with a fine tip

  • graphite pencil, 2B or HB

  • soft eraser

  • watersoluble pen

  • paper towel

  • optional gouache for additional colour

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REMEMBER – there are no rules, don’t be afraid of experimenting!

These are my tips, to be used as as a guideline for creating this particular work, in conjunction with the video. Pause the video after each step and then complete that stage at your own pace. You can always go back to gain clarification on a particular aspect of the process:

  • if you are new to this type of patterning, it's a great idea to do some practice first, allowing yourself to become comforatble with a variety of motifs and techniques

  • make sure your pen is watersoluble - LAMY, Pilot and Artline have watersoluble ink in some of their pens, though there are no doubt others on the market

  • a refillable waterbrush is a handy tool, though a fine brush and water will work as well

  • add colour only if you wish to - this step is completely optional

  • this same technique be used equally as well with any number of different designs.

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to send me an email at

Happy Creating!

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