I started with a base of 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow. It’s my favorite white polish and the only polish I can recall finishing a bottle of. I actually had to run out for more in the middle of the manicure. I went over it with a healthy coat of HK Girl Fast Dry topcoat.
I have been drying to try the LeadLighting technique created by Julia McGowan of Messy Mansion. To do this technique you need to work with images that have a fairly open design that you can color in. So I scoured my MoYou London plates for a design that would work and settled on this one from my Pro 06XL plate. I stamped in on with my Mundo de Unas black stamping polish, let it dry for a few minutes and went over it with another coat of HK Girl.
I apologize that I don’t have pictures of the process, but I was doing this technique for the first time and needed to focus. Now that I know it is relatively easy I promise I will make a video tutorial. In addition to open designs, you will also need sheer polishes to give that “stained glass” look and dotting tools to apply the polish with, not brushes. I took out a small paper plate and decorated it with large droplets of all of the colors I planned to use. I had to refresh them a few times as I worked because they got thick and gummy. I used two dotting tools to create this look, one small and one medium.
I started by dabbing the medium dotting tool into the darker purple (Berry Nice) and dotting it around the outer parts of the petals in the bigger flower. Then I switched to the lighter purple (Lilac Coolers) and dotted it on, gently overlapping it a little over the darker purple to create a nice transition. I continued this process with the two pinks (Jolly Lolly and Bubble Trouble) for the inner part of the flower. Finally I finished the flower off with a few dots of the yellow (Bananarama Love) in the center. I used the same process to fill in the other flowers, but switched my color scheme to pink, orange and yellow (Jolly Lolly, Mango Mamma and Bananarama Love). The last step was to dot in the blue background with Miss Pixie. I let it dry for a little while before I added the final coat of HK Girl.
This technique was much easier than I imagined it would be and I highly recommend you try it. While it’s not the solution for every situation, it is much less work than preparing stamping decals when you are just trying to add some color to a design that has the proper amount of open space to color in. The only thing I would caution you on is going over the same spot more than once. If the polish is nearly dry you may end up pulling the polish right off with the dotting tool.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this design. Have you tried LeadLighting yet? I was thrilled with the results and have already used the technique again in a design I’ll be sharing soon.