Pretty Blossoms: A LeadLighting Nail Art Design

Hi everyone! It’s June 1st and the MoYou London Challenge has officially ended, but you will still be seeing them here on the blog for a bit while I catch up on my postings. Today I would like to share “Pretty Blossoms” which was created for Day 22: Flowers.


Main image for Pretty Blossoms design.

Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Tek Foundation II and HK Girl
Base polish color: OPI Alpine Snow
Accent colors: Almost the entire L’Oreal Miss Candy Collection: Miss Pixie, Bubble Trouble, Berry Nice, Lilac Coolers, Bananarama Love, Mango Mamma and Jolly Lolly
Stamping plate: MoYou London Pro 06XL
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas (2) Black
Image of nais polished with Alpine Snow.

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.

Image of fingers stamped with MoYou 06 plate.

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.

Image of completed Pretty Blossoms design.

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.

Image of complete Pretty Blossoms design.

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.

Another completed image of Pretty Blossoms.

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.

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.
  • Let me see what I can do about bumping that up on the priority list for you Claudia! I'm dying to do another LeadLight design anyway so this will give me an excuse…LOL!

  • Thanks so much Jenna! I'm loving it too and all I want to do is LeadLight nails now!

  • I'm looking forward to your video!!!. I really want to see you how you did it. 😀

  • This is unbelievably gorgeous! I love this stamping technique! <3

  • Thank you very much! I hope my post inspires you to try LeadLighting! Honestly, it is SO much easier than I expected and I can tell from your work that you'd have no trouble. It took less than 30 minutes to do one hand, including the stamping. Sheer polishes + dotting tools = super easy, really pretty design!

  • Thank you Flori! I had so much fun wearing this one and I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

  • These are really amazing!! I have been eye-ing the LeadLighting technique but it looks so complicated!

  • These are gorgeous! You picked out really great colors and it looks like summer 🙂

  • Thank you fife fantasi Nails! I'm glad you enjoyed my design!

  • Thank you Fixin To Faff! So happy you liked them!

  • wonderful! I love this nail art so very much!

  • Absolutely gorgeous work! These are lovely!

  • WOW Debra! I am honored and humbled by your compliment! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made my day!

  • Thanks so much MsDaswoman! I'm loving this technique and have used it on another design I'll be posting soon!

  • ENABLER ALERT: You should absolutely buy this plate! It has a little bit of everything and there's not a bad design in the bunch. Good luck with the Sheer Tints! Can't wait to see what you do!

  • This is the best example of leadlighting I've seen! Simply stunning and beautiful. Gorgeous. I can't give enough adjectives!

  • Very pretty!

  • Aaaah, you make me wanna buy this plate 😉 So beautifully done! I don't have Loreals, but will play with OPI Sheer tints 🙂

  • Nothing wrong with a little comment swap Kim! Thank you very much! I hear you…I did have a little trouble with the light pink and yellow and will probably use them less in future designs, or maybe try my OPI Sheer Tints in those shades instead. Now you know I'm going searching for your design on your blog, right?? OMG, Shrinky Dinks! I have some great memories of doing those as a kid!

  • Thank you x2 Anita! I'm so glad you enjoyed this design!

  • Thank you Anne! I am in love with LeadLighting now! Did you also find the technique rather easy when you did your Tri-Color Tuesday design?

  • We're having a comment-swap afternoon. 🙂 LOL
    You did an amazing job with the lead-lighting!! I have the L'Oreal Candy collex too; I wish the paler colors didn't cover the black as much as they do. Although – you did a great job with them. When I went for my first go, I used ALL bright colors; but I like that yours gives the eye a break and helps see the design better. Mine reminded me of Shrinky-Dinks – LOL (did you ever do those as a kid?)

  • Love the mani

  • looks awesome !

  • This is stunning! I love what you did.