Today I have a stamped nail art design that I created for the September "Watercolor" prompt for N.A.I.L (Nail Art Ideas Linkup), the new group I joined and mentioned to you in a recent post.
I had another motive for doing this particular design and I am going to go nostalgic on you for a second. Just about 6 months ago I started this blog on a whim one afternoon. It had a different name, an over the top design and one post featuring a single photo of a watercolor design. Back then I said I would create a similar design someday because I loved it, but I know now that rarely happens in Nail Blogger Land. And then came this prompt, this opportunity not only to recreate the design, but to see just how far I've come. Oh. My. Goodness.
Well that was fun! Aside from my improving my skill, it is amazing to see the difference in my photos because I upgraded my camera and lighting setup. Moving on...
I started with a base of Rica's Whiteout. This was my first time using a Rica polish and I have to tell you that this 'one coat' white is a real time saver! I'm planning to try stamping with it soon. Cleanup was a little challenging. It behaved like the stamping polish it is and smeared everywhere using both non-acetone and pure acetone, very much like my Mundo de Unas polishes did before I learned to use only non-acetone polish remover. If anyone knows the trick to easy Rica cleanup please share it in the Comments! I finished with a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
Next I started applying the OPI Sheer Tints. I used all 4 colors in my mini set and was intent on creating a more blended look with lots of overlap to develop more colors. I started with a darker color, removed about 1/2 the polish from the brush and dabbed it at the base of my nail, by the cuticle. I spread it out into a random shape and then moved on to the color I primarily wanted it to blend with. I left more polish on the brush and started my dab where I wanted the blend. For example, I started with blue on my middle finger, then added yellow, pink and purple. I hope that makes sense!
The tints were a little brighter than I wanted so I used Julep Gemma, a sheer light beige, to tone them down. I applied a thin coat over the nail and came back with a dry brush and worked the polish a bit more. I applied another coat of HK Girl topcoat and proceeded to stamp with 2 designs from MoYou London's Kaleidoscope 06 plate using Mundo de Unas Violet polish.
I didn't look back on my original design until I sat down to write this post for you. I had completely forgotten that I had used OPI Pussy Galore on my accent nails and was really surprised to see that I had done it again! I planned to use a different polish, but it didn't give me the look I wanted so I pulled this texture from my stash thinking it would be an interesting contrast.
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polish: Rica Whiteout
Accent polish: OPI Sheer Tints, Julep Gemma, OPI Pussy Galore
Stamping plates: MoYou London Kaleidoscope 06