Watercolor Kaleidoscope: Stamped Nail Art Design for #NAILlinkup

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.
Watercolor Kaleidoscope stamped with MoYou London Kaleidoscope 06 plate

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…
Watercolor Kaleidoscope nails polished with Rica Whiteout
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.
Watercolor Kaleidoscope, Rica Whiteout and OPI Sheer Tints
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!
Watercolor Kaleidoscope stamped with MoYou London Kaleidoscope 06 and Mundo de Unas 14 Violet
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.
Watercolor Kaleidoscope finished with OPI Pussy Galore accent nails
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.
Watercolor Kaleidoscope Product Recap
Product Recap
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
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Violet #14

I hope you enjoyed this design and my little walk down memory lane! As always I would love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to scroll down to see the designs created by other group members!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.

 

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  • Thank you Jessica! I'm still laughing that I loved it enough to do it twice…thinking it was an original idea both times! 🙂

  • Thank you Shilpa! I am glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  • Love that you've added the textured polish, it really helps set it off! 🙂

  • Super clean, lovely!

  • Thanks sweetie! 6 months went by so fast! YAY, I am thrilled to hear that description made sense! You know how hard it is to put what we do into words sometimes. So happy you liked the design! <3

  • Happy 6 mos milestone, first off! 🙂
    Soooo pretty!
    I appreciated the description of how you blended the colors – you did a great job! And, I especially like the touch of softening the look with Gemma too – it gave a magical look with the stamping designs and textured polish accents! Overall – beautiful design!!

  • Jessie Palmer

    Oh yes. I definitely have to get a couple now!

  • Thank you very much Jessie! I am glad you enjoyed my design! You are right, SO MUCH POTENTIAL! When I purchased them I thought I would use them for advanced stamping (decals) first, but this prompt came up and they worked great for me. I think you should get 1 or 2! 🙂

  • Jessie Palmer

    I love this! I wanted those kaleidoscope plates so bad the moment I saw them. I can see now they had even more potential than I imagined. I just love the colors you used for this. It's beautiful!

  • Ciao and thank you Gold Francine! Welcome to my blog! I am thrilled to have you as a new follower.

  • Thank you Jacqui! I am so glad you liked them! Cheers to you and the other ladies of #NAILlinkup for choosing this prompt.

  • It's beautiful! I'm a new follower!

  • craftynail

    Absolutely beautiful nails!
    It's so weird that you used the same textured polish by happenstance!