21 February 2013

Celtic Knots and Studs!

Hi everyone! I have a new design tonight that didn't turn out 100% perfect (I mean they never do) but I'm very proud of it nonetheless. When I got a few Models Own polishes the other week (see my swatches and review here and here) Green Tea stood out as a classic Irish green. And that made me think of Celtic knots. And yesterday, when I bought the OPI Euro Central collection, I saw the perfect polish to pair it with.

Celtic knot manicure

This design seems appropriate with St. Patrick's Day coming up, but I don't think of this strictly as a holiday design, which is why I'm sharing it now and not in a few weeks.

Celtic knot manicure

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff from the new Euro Central collection. I'll have swatches and a review soon-ish. I then did a layer of top coat before doing my design. The studs are 3mm squares that I got from the Born Pretty Store (see my review here). The Celtic knots were done freehand with, as I mentioned, Models Own Green Tea.

Celtic knot manicure

To do the knots I just worked carefully and slowly. I actually did each design three times. First, I laid out the design with very thinned down polish, using nail polish thinner. That way if I messed up it wouldn't be too difficult to cover up. Then I went over it again two more times just to define the lines and make them darker. Each time I had to add a bit of thinner to the polish. I found if I used the polish straight from the bottle it dried too fast and would not do a neat line.

Celtic knot manicure

Celtic knot manicure

But I ran into a few challenges along the way. I messed up on my ring finger - I originally tried a design that was too intricate and wouldn't fit on my nail. So I had to try and cover my mistakes, which is why that design looks a bit blurry. But overall I'm happy with how it turned out. I was really nervous to start the design in the first place, and it could have been a complete disaster! So maybe you'll see more Celtic knot work in my designs in the future! :)

So what do you think? Any tips or advice for doing intricate designs?

*Some of the products in this post were provided for swatching/reviewing purposes.*

18 comments:

  1. I'm awed.
    My husband who doesn't typically notice nail polish said "Wow!"
    So this is freaking awesome

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    1. Thank you! I always think that when men notice something nail polish related it *must* be good! Lol! :)

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    1. Thank you!! And thanks for your comment. :D

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  3. Fantastic work! I've never seen nail art like this before and I'm really loving it. Your work was so worth it because your nails look sooo incredible :)

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    1. Thank you so much Brittney!! :) I don't know if what I'm doing is unique but that is what I'd like to do eventually.

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  4. This is amazing! It looks 110% perfect. I love the colours together!

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    1. Kate, awww, thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)

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  5. Great design... btw i can't tell at all where you messed up your ring finger

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    1. Thank you!! And I'm glad it's not *too* noticeable! :D

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  6. Wow you have drawn them so perfect Like stickers. Really great design.

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  7. What a great design! Super talented you are :) You can't even notice the mistakes so don't be too hard on yourself :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sarapy Sessions! I guess I'm just my own worse critic. ;)

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  8. Just found your blog. This manicure is fantastic; celtic knots are super difficult!

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    1. Thanks so much April, I appreciate your comment! I'm glad you found my blog! :)

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