Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Flip Flop February - Watercolor

Almost halfway through the Flip Flop February nail art challenge! I love how challenges like this get me to try new things. There are a lot of techniques and styles that I probably wouldn't think up or feel compelled to do otherwise. Today's is one of those!

I had never tried watercolor nails before this. I've seen them a few times in all sorts of colors and patterns. I think they look pretty, but I just never happened to do it! I also was unsure of how I should do it. Should I use literal watercolor paints? Should I thin some nail polish and then paint it on?

I ended up doing neither of those actually. I actually used a piece of a plastic shopping bag! I had remembered seeing a tutorial for this technique a while ago. I was going entirely from memory actually, but I ended up choosing similar colors! I definitely wanted to get some pastel colors in there, but some blue as well. The whole time, I was thinking of Claude Monet's paintings, notably his water lilies.

I painted my nails with Ulta Snow White for a nice, light base color. I then put random drops in a few color on each nail. I did one nail at a time though so I wouldn't accidentally smear any. I used Ulta Blue Streak, Nicole OPI Paparazzi Don't Preach, and Revlon Minted. I then took strips of a plastic shopping bag and laid it across each nail. It made the drops of polish swirl together a bit, and flatten out together.

I think it made a pretty cool design! It's almost like tie-dye or a dry marble effect. It seems that somewhat large drops worked well, since they didn't dry too quickly and then could mingle with the surrounding colors better. The dots are a bit more obvious on my middle finger where I didn't apply as much polish in each dab. 

But I like how each nail looks different! I really like the final product and how easy it was to do. I will definitely have to try it in more colors and perhaps see if glitter polishes can swirl in as well!

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