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. :-)