Monday, June 27, 2011

Theme Monday: (Floral) Overboard & Tutorial

Hey all~

Today's post is for Facebook group Polish-aholics Anonymous!  Every Monday there is a new theme and today's is floral.  Makes me look forward to Mondays. :)


This didn't exactly turn out how I planned.  Originally I was going to do the design on my index and middle on all my nails, but then I realized my pinky was too small.  So I decided to make it my accent nail, even though it was a little awkward.  Finally, after working on this mani for hours (for all the drying time between different layers), I finished the other three nails with the same design.  Unfortunately, I accidentally smooshed a flower on the ring nail and it was beyond repair.  It was kind of upsetting, but I sucked it up and just did this random dot thing.  So in the end it kind of looks busy and random, but oh well. :P  I'm also not sure about the color combination.  It kind of reminds me of really girly bed sheets.  My sister said tablecloth. -_-

Here's a quick tutorial for those of you who'd like to do this.  For mine, I painted everything by layers using tape, but here's a much much easier way.


Step 1:  Pick a base color and add stripes to it using a nail art polish or thin brush.

Step 2:  Tape off the middle section diagonally, then paint the ends near the tips and cuticle.

Step 3:  Add the silver border by using a striping tape.  I didn't have any, so I had to do the tape mani several times.  Never doing that again!  It took forever.

Step 4:  Pick out your flower color and add a couple drops of it to a piece of paper or foil.  Add a couple drops of white next to it.  Using a dotting tool or the end of a bobby pin/toothpick, dip it into the colors (you can swirl it around a little) and make 5 dots in a circle to form the flower petals.  Repeat to cover the striped portion.

Step 5:  Use the other end of the bobby pin/toothpick to add the leaves.  Pick a green and add 1-2 dots around your flowers.

Step 6:  Seal with top coat and enjoy! :)

I learned how to make the flowers from Jelly's Nails, so if you're unsure of how to do the flowers still, you can check out her post.  She did a video tutorial, so that might make more sense.



Now I'm now going to picture spam you because I worked so hard on it. :)







That's it!  Happy Monday. :)


Liz

26 comments:

  1. This is great!!! Where did you learn to do all this nail art technique? :) Where do you get inspiration from? :) I just love it!!!
    Me, I'm still at level zero where I'm trying to tame my knoad stamping tools :D
    Hugs

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  2. Gorgeous design! I'm for real. Please follow!

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  3. They look beautiful! They remind me of vintage wall paper.

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  4. one look and i though of bedsheets too. :) but i still find it cute. ;)

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  5. Iap Nail art is hard work, but the results are so pretty, and yours looks amazing!

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  6. soo cute!!! love this mani and colours =D

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  7. This is so beautiful and I thought you used water decals! You're super good!! I LOVE the colour combination and the design soooo much:D Thank you for sharing~!!

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  8. I really like this :) The flowers on the "fence" are so so cute. Great color combo too!

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  9. Thank you everyone! :)

    @Cristina: Thank you! :) When I see images/patterns or nail art/techniques I like, I save them in a folder on my computer. Sometimes I improvise and other times I do sketches on my nails.^^ Other bloggers also provide inspiration and help me improve my art. :)

    @Naomi's Nails: Thanks! I'm already following you back. :)

    @Minnie: Aw thank you! ^^ Although I think your stuff if way more impressive! I'm always excited to read your posts. :)

    @Minty: Thanks! I love how you started these theme Mondays. They're so fun and I love seeing everyone's art. :)

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  10. This looks just like the design I did! cute!

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  11. @Jessie:): Thanks! I learned how to do the flowers from your video tutorial, and linked you in the post. ;)

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  12. Really beautiful and amazing!! It looks kinda hard for me to attempt though...

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  13. amazing technique~ I have to buy dotters just so I can do this! LOL. gorgeous. I love this mani, I thought it was with a decal of some sort at first!

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  14. This is very beautiful I loved You have good taste! Yeah

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  15. this is so beautiful!!! so sweet and lovely =D

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  16. Very pretty :)

    You received the Best Blog Award: http://dutch-diana.blogspot.com/2011/06/awards-awards-and-more-awards.html

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  17. This is so gorgeous Liz! You have a talent for nail art! Love the flowers :)

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  18. Oh my, I am completely enamored by these nails. New follower!

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  19. Ah thanks everyone! I'm so glad you all liked this. :D

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  20. I wish this post had a 'like' button - because I'd hit that thing a hundred times!! x_x Absolutely jaw-dropping!! What an absolutely beautiful... no, STUNNING piece of work!

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