Over Christmas I was getting really frustrated with breaking off corners and a couple of nails starting to break really low. In a fit of pique, I cut them off really short and this is the result… I needed some nail art to remind me that spring is on the way – this Leaf Print nail art is just the thing!
Fluid nail art is the latest trend to be adopted by nail artists. It’s inspired by fluid art, where acrylic paint is mixed with a little silicon, before dripping or pouring it over a canvas. The silicon helps to stop the paint from mixing, so you get little ‘cells’ of different colours appearing, and an organic forms and lines of colour from the movement of the paint.
There are a number of different techniques, using both normal polishes and some special ones. In this case, I used the Sinful Colors transforming topcoats with regular polishes, which are designed to separate and create the cells I mentioned. It’s definitely a more advanced nail art technique, but I found this way much less messy and less wasteful of polishes than others I’ve seen for creating fluid art. You could always limit it to one or two feature nails to make it more manageable.
As part of my series inspired by semi-precious stones, I've been looking around for my next project. The photo (scroll down) really caught my eye, so I'm trying this Fire Obsidian nail art. It's an experiment in progress so I think I'll be coming back and trying this again.
After my woeful attempt at watermarbling with my pastel neons (you can click on that if you want to feel better about your own skills) I decided that I needed some neon polishes that were suitable for the job. I shopped around, and with the able assistance of my US-based polish mule, I got my digits on the Fun Days and Neon Craze collection from In The Name of Polish. I had to start with a Neon Watermarble Starburst to test them out.
After my semi-fail of a pastel neon watermarble, I couldn’t face trying to achieve anything half-decent on my right hand. I had to wear this for a couple of days, so I used the same polishes plus some holo top coat to create this blurry, Pastel Rainbow effect.