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Having made it through the deadline I have been taking it very easy this weekend but I have still been studying – just something a little different from normal. I know I promised some extra nail art this weekend but I hope this post explains why there hasn’t been any!
I am very lucky to be friends with the ridiculously talented nail artist Michelle from (Break rules, not nails) and her work really inspires me and she really pushes me to try things and work at my art. Michelle uses a lot of mixed media on her nails and has really emphasized to me how many doors different resources can open up. There has been a massive trend lately to paint “watercolour nails” which involves the watering down of our pigmented polish with acetone to recreate the effect of watercolours. This (and Michelle) made me think: why don’t I just get some water colours? There are plenty out there for pocket money prices!
I did treat myself to slightly more expensive tinned set (£7.99), a set of four brushes (£6.99) although I am sure my nail art brushes would have been up to the task, and a watercolour pad (£5.99). Yes, this was a bit of a splurge but these supplies should last a fairly long time and hey, it’s the start of June, so it’s ok! Rather than set to work straight onto my nails I have been trying out painting on paper (for the first time since school when I had zero interest in art). I spent most of yesterday watching youtube tutorials and getting plenty of hints and tips – I am definitely a look before you leap kind of girl. Ross Barbera does some incredible stuff so I would definitely recommend his videos (although he makes it look SO much easier than it is!).
So, I thought I would share with you what I have created so far (nope, it’s still not finished)! I honestly do not draw or paint outside of what is required for my teeny tiny nails but this was a very therapeutic evening for me anyway. Pictures were taken on my blackberry in the lounge but I hope you can see!
THIS was my inspiration picture.
As you can see I have kind of started making it up as a go along but I have been learning that if you make a mistake in watercolour it is surprisingly easy to fix! As you can see from the picture below I am slowly fixing the flower on the far right to remove some of the excess blue that was making the petal bulge and the excess orange from the center.
The thing I have learnt that I really want to apply to nail art is the use of layers to build up texture and colours – this has definitely inspired me for some multi-stamping. Right, I am off to finish up my flowers and then I should probably crack on with next weeks posts. What have you been up to this weekend? Have any other art forms inspired your nail art?