15 February 2013

Essie Winter 2012 Collection Part 3: Watercolour

Hi everyone! Technically Valentine's Day is over here, but I'm going to get in one more heart design. I'm sure most people don't remember, but a while back I decided to do a short series of posts on simple nail art designs using the polishes from the Essie Winter 2012 collection. Then I did two posts and got sidetracked with other things. I'm not always the most focused person. You can see those posts here and here. So I'm trying to do a few more posts until I have gone through all the polishes.

Hearts watercolour manicure

Watercolour manicures are extremely simple, and don't require any special equipment besides a tiny brush. But I've only ever done abstract watercolour manis, so I wanted to break out of that and try my hand at some sort of image. Hearts are extremely simple, hence today's design!

Hearts watercolour manicure

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On as my base and topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. When that was dry I painted the hearts with Essie Snap Happy, and the background with Essie Where's My Chauffeur? and Butler Please. I tried to splatter some of the colours on but that didn't work so well. I need to work on my splatter technique. :P

Hearts watercolour manicure

To do a watercolour manicure you put a drop of polish on a piece of plastic and then thin it with either nail polish remover or nail polish thinner. Then you just paint it on, trying to work fast. You have to make sure not to overwork it too much because you will lift the bottom layers off. It's one of those techniques where you just need to play around with it for awhile to get the hang of it. As much as I like how this turned out, I still need to practice more with this technique before I feel comfortable with it. But it appeals to me because I really like to do actual watercolour painting.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried a watercolour manicure?


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