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Sunday, January 8, 2012

NOTD: Cool Watercolours (Watercolour Nails)


Tonight, while browsing around, I found an interesting photo of a watercolour like manicure. I have a soft spot for watercolour themed things, as I spent many years as a kid taking private art lessons, and my teacher specialized in watercolours. I immediately wondered how this was done. It looked simple enough, but would it actually be in practice?

my results

Yes and no. I found this video which shows the technique and gives a few tips. While the video was helpful, you kind of just have to go for it and adjust as you go along, and I think that the polishes you use can make  difference in how they react as well.


What you'll need:
- a light colour polish for your "paper"
- colours for your "paint"
- small brush
- pure acetone

For my base colour I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Crinoline (Orly Pure Porcelain is a good dupe) The tutorial uses a pure white, but I wanted a creamier, softer looking base. If you are familiar with watercolor painting you'll know the paper usually isn't a stark white. 

Apply a coat (or two) of your base coat, and while it dries pick out your "paint" colours. I decided I wanted a cooler look so I chose What's With the Cattitude?, Road House Blues, and Did It On 'Em, all by OPI. 



Once your base coat is dry, apply small dabs of your colour. I started with my darkest blue. With a small brush, apply a drop of acetone on the wet polish. The acetone will make the polish spread out and should replicate the look of a wet bleed. I found that Road House Blues gave me the best effect as it was able to create the rings that are created when a bleed runs onto dry paper, while the lighter colours needed a bit of playing with to get the same look. That said, don't play with it too much, or the acetone will reach your base coat and you'll get bare spots. Not the look you're going for!

Once you're happy with your first colour, repeat the process with your others, working with one colour at a time. I only used three shades, but you could totally use more, or less. I think I might try this again with just my base coat and Road House Blues for a spilled ink look. Of course, once you have finished your tiny masterpieces, apply a layer of your favourite top coat.

Overall, I am pretty pleased with my results. I will say that this technique is much easier to do on paper though! Have you tried this look? Would you?



1 comment:

  1. That is a really neat look. Those colors create a beautiful combination.

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