Sunday, 30 December 2012

Bright Plaid

 Well, this is my first attempt at doing plaid nails. I wanted to do something nice and bright. I am not totally happy with how they turned out as the lines are crooked, but this is a learning process, so hopefully I'll get better at doing these. I used a piece of thread which I painted with the polish to do the smaller, thinner lines and that only seemed to work as a guideline, as it created a very light line. It also took me a  few attempts to learn that the polish was blobbing on the thread and I had to thin it out. Hopefully, I'll improve with practice and time.
The colours I used for this were Avon's Fuschia, Sunshine, Coral Beat and Licorice.

This is the picture tutorial I followed to do these:

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Marble

 Well, one thing about marbling your nail polish is that you never know what you are going to get for a final result. I was surprised my middle fingernail turned out striped like a candy cane, it's kind of neat looking, though.
The colours I used for this effect were Avon's White French Tip, Real Red and Green Goddess. Well, I wish everyone who celebrates a Merry Christmas and everyone else happiness and peace of mind. Enjoy the holidays.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Purple Romance Nails

 My friend gave me these sets of gems from Gem Chic to use when doing my nail art. So, I used some of them on this set.
 I got this idea from a journal cover, which was done in pink, but I thought I'd do it in purples. The base colour is Avon's Romance and the other colours are Avon's French White Tip and Orchid Splash.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Calla Lilies

 The Calla Lilies were done with Avon's Barefoot Beige, French White Tip and Cherry Jubilee. The base colours for the nails were Avon's Coral Beat, Sunshine, Lagoon, Noir Emerald and Tropical Punch.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Mosaic Effect Nails

 I got the idea for these nails from the cosmetic bag I have (pictured), that I got from Avon. I do believe the bag is called Mosaic Effect.

 I used Avon's Absinthe, Lucky Penny, Ruby Slipper and Cosmic Blue to do the sponge gradient effect under the mosaic polish. It was very difficult to do the gradient on these nails as they kept sticking to the sponge. Messy work. haha
After the gradient layer dried, I added one thin coat of Avon's Plum Illusion mosaic effect polish to finish off the look. I like the effect of the gradient under the mosaic cracked finish.

I learned that I will need a better way to do the gradient look on artificial nails, as the sponge was difficult to use. I also learned I would have been better off using brighter more contrasting colours under the mosaic, as the blue was too similar a colour to the purple top layer. I will know better for next time. :-)

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. Because of you, I have had over 100 views and I can hardly believe it as I just recently started this blog. Thank you for sharing an interest in Nail Art and I hope you have found ideas here that you can use. I would like to thank my friend for letting me paint her artificial nails, which has provided me with hours of fun and creativity. I would also like to thank Teresa, my Avon Representative for all her support and encouragement. Thanks again, all of you for the happiness you give me through simply taking a peek at my posts. :-)

Monday, 10 December 2012

Russian Folk Art Nails

 I have wanted to do a set of these nails for some time now, and thanks to my friend letting me paint her artificial nails, I finally got the chance. The base colour is Avon's Licorice. The poppy flowers are done with Avon's Real Red and French White Tip and Green Goddess for the leaves. The abstract flowers are done with Avon's French White Tip, Green Goddess, Viva Pink and I mixed Sunshine with Coral Beat for the lighter, brighter orange colour.
 The birds were done with Avon's French White Tip, Art Orange, the orange mix of Sunshine and Coral Beat, as well as Jade. I used a couple of top coats to create a nice shine.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Glitter French Tip Party Nails

These nails were very easy to make. The base colour is Avon's Sumptuous Rose which is from their Suede collection. I was very impressed with this polish because when I applied the first coat to the nails, I didn't do the best job and was expecting to do a second coat. I let the first coat dry and when I returned to do the second coat it wasn't needed at all. The polish dried beautifully and gave a gorgeous finish.

I then added Avon's Sparkling Plum Glitter nail polish as a french tip. I like the contrast of the matte finish polish with the glitter. The picture doesn't do them justice, they look great. I guess I need to learn to take better pictures. >.<

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas Things Nails

 I made some Christmas nails for my friend. These have Avon's Ruby Slipper for the main colour. Other colours used were Avon's Noir Emerald, French White Tip, Sweet Mint, Barefoot Beige, Cherry Jubilee, Starry Sky, Golden Vision, and Licorice.

 For this set I used Avon's Noir Emerald for the base colour. The other colours include Avon's Starry Sky, Gunmetal, Golden Vision,  Licorice(for the hard to see wire of the Christmas lights), French White Tip, Real Red, Barefoot Beige and Aqua Fantasy.
 I tried to do a variety of Christmas items and she can wear them one hand red, the other green or mix every other finger with the alternating colours, whatever she would like. I also thought I would include a picture of the Nailene artificial nails that are being used and the Avon packs of gems that are on the tree, wreath and lights.
I learned that black doesn't show up very well on the dark green so it is hard to see the Christmas light wire on the small nail, but I thought those gems were perfect to do the lights, great colours and shape to them.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Blue Dream Nails

This is yet another design that I dreamt. This look is very easy to do. I used Avon's Lagoon and their Suede Blue Royal which has a gorgeous matte finish, but I had to put top coat on this to help hold the gems in place and that created the glossy look. The gems were from Avon's Nail Art. I used cheap scotch tape to make the straight line between the blues and ripped it off as soon as I was done painting for the best results.

Mini Blog Post

My friend kindly gave me the rest of her artificial nail pack to paint, because I was having so much fun doing them. When she saw the Tie Dye nails I did on this blog, she asked me to do her a set using the same colours, so this is how they turned out.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Stargate (SG1) Nails

My friend is a huge Stargate fan, so I made this set for her. The base colour is Avon's Absinthe. I used Avon's Licorice to make the Earth symbol. Avon's Venus, Real Red and Forbidden Fudge were used for the Stargate Dialer. For the SG1 Stargate, I used Avon's Starry Sky, Gunmetal, Golden Vision and Cosmic Blue. (The middle of the Stargate watery surface appears to have a white dot in the middle, but that is just the flash reflecting. Looks good though, but I didn't do that detailed of a job.) Teal'c's forehead tattoo symbol was done in Golden Vision and Venus.

I am having a lot of fun painting these artificial nails. :-D

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Native Art Nails

I was very happy to be able to create these nails for my friend. She loves bears, so I did a bear paw print and a Zuni bear for her. I also did a wolf paw print and a wolf. I just tried to do different native art and ideas for these. Again, I just use the brush that comes with the polish and toothpicks to make these.

As you can see it took a lot of different nail polish colours to create these designs. The base colour is Avon's Barefoot Biege. All the other colours used were Avon's Licorice, Real Red, Sunshine, French Tip White, Lagoon, Art Orange, Absinthe, Sweet Mint, Luxe Lavender and Vintage Boutique.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Dream Design

A friend of mine gave me a few sets of her artificial nails to paint. I know she loves this shade of green, so I made this design for her. I dreamt of this design with these colours, the same as my previous post. She was very happy with them. :-)

I used Avon's Sweet Mint for the base colour. For the stripes I used Avon's Starry Sky and Licorice. It is very simple to make using dollar store cheap scotch tape to protect the previous colour and to create straight lines. I like the dollar store tape as it doesn't stick very well. (ha ha) If you use the tape, be sure to remove it immediately after applying the new polish colour for the best results.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Silver Dream

Okay, you know you are obsessed with something when you dream about it.(lol) I honestly wake up occasionally with new nail designs that I literally dreamed. I then run to the computer and do my best to re-create the look in my paint program to try out later. This is one of those designs. It is very simple to do.

I started out with a base colour of Starry Sky by Avon and then did a couple of swipes of Cotton Candy from one edge toward the bottom middle. I followed that with a swipe from the opposite side in Aqua Fantasy by Avon and slightly overlapped the pink at the bottom middle. I let the colours dry in between coats and needed to use a couple of coats of the more sheerer polishes.

My nails were a little short at the time and I thought this would be a good design to use on them.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Little Owls

I thought this was a cute design and not too difficult to do. I think I made their beaks a little long though. The base colour is Avon's Mystic. (I love that colour.) The other colours are Avon's Lucky Penny and Sunshine. I was happy with how they turned out and again I just used toothpicks for the detailing.

This is the tutorial I followed:

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Antique Look

This style seems rather antique looking to me. I used Avon's Mystic and Vintage Boutique to do this look. I am crazy about the Mystic polish, I think it's gorgeous. The first photo of my nails seemed a little dark, so I added a second one.

I found this very simple to make design here:

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Tie Dye Nails

Well, you know about curiosity and the cat, the stray cat we took in had to get involved with my photos. His name is Sebastian and he is a very cuddly cat.

This is a tie dyed effect and I used Borghese's Bianco White Tip for the base colour and on my thumb and middle finger I made an extra stripe using this. In my opinion, those nails with the extra white stripe seem more tie dyed to me. I guess it gives off more of effect of a white material being dyed. For the bright colours I used Avon's Coral Beat, Sunshine, Sweet Mint and Lagoon.

The tutorial for how to do this can be found here:

I would stay away from fast drying nail polishes for this as they wouldn't spread when you drag the pin/needle through them. I also found that this design wasn't very durable. I supposed with dragging the needle through the polish it causes a separation and the polish chipped off in pieces after a couple of days. Although, I don't add them to the picture I do use a base coat and top coat, but I guess the top coat wasn't enough to hold this look together. It was fun while it lasted.

Blue Marble

This is my first attempt at marbling. Again, I apologize for the camera being out of focus. I used Avon's Vintage Blue, Cotton Candy and Romance. I think the Romance colour is so pretty and has a nice shimmer to it. I am learning as I go, and I wanted to experiment with the shimmer to see how it would work in the marbling. I think it turned out pretty good. The sheerer Cotton Candy added an interesting effect to the edges of the Romance colour, but I wouldn't recommend using sheer polishes for marbling as the colour does seem to get lost.

This is the tutorial I followed to learn how to do this:

I have learned that the very first drop of polish you add to the water acts as a barrier for the remaining polish you add, so when you "mix" the colours for the marbling effect do your best not to touch the first drop. It can ruin the whole thing if you try to "mix" the first drop layer and you may have to discard it and start again. It happened to me a few times.

I also recommend using masking tape or scotch tape around your fingers surrounding your nail to help minimize the clean up afterward. I taped one hand and did not tape the other and taping is the way to go. haha

Friday, 23 November 2012

Pink Gradient

Sorry the picture is a little blurry. (I have few like this to be posted.) I took this before I found out about the macro setting on my camera.The nail polish colours may seem different, but it is just different lighting.

The colours I used were Avon's Pastel Pink, Cotton Candy and Viva Pink. I really like the look of this and I think the nails turned out pretty. The Cotton Candy nail polish is rather sheer, so doesn't show up well in the gradient.

If you are interested in doing this nail design, I followed this tutorial:

Groovy Flowers

One of my first attempts at nail art. The base colour is Avon's Sweet Mint. The flowers are done with Avon's Luxe Lavender and Viva Pink. The white dots are Borghese's Bianco White Tip. I used toothpicks to make the flowers and dots, as I just do this at home as a hobby and don't have any professional tools.

I have a lot of fun doing nail art and will try to post the pictures of what I have done on a regular basis. I will also post any links for how-to-videos or where I got my idea from if it wasn't my own. 

I don't have any formal artistic training. I am not a professional nail artist. I did do some basic nail art back in the 80's when I was a teenager on my own nails, but that was very minor stuff like dots. 

My tools are very basic things found around the house, such as toothpicks, used coffee cups, used pie tins, masking tape, etc...  So anyone can get started without needing to buy proper tools. It's a great way to reduce and reuse and it's very frugal. :-)