Monday, August 20, 2012

Watercolour Flowers

Hello! Today I have a fun technique to share with you. I first saw it in this pretty manicure by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. It's a 'watercolour' method that yields beautiful results with a simple technique. Here's a quick rundown on how I achieved this look:
  1. Paint your nails with your base colour. Apply topcoat and let it dry.
  2. Put a few tiny drops of polish to start off some of your petals at the center of the flowers.
  3. Dip a paint brush in nail polish remover and gently dab it onto the drops of polish.
  4. The polish should disperse and you can use the brush to drag the colour outwards to form the petals.
  5. Use the leftover polish on the paint brush to paint on the rest of the petals in your flower.
  6. If you accidentally remove the base colour or you need more vibrancy, just repeat the process until you cover things up or achieve the desired opacity! 'Less is more' is a key concept in this case- you don't want to end up with a giant blob of polish nor do you want to flood your nails with remover.
  7. Seal with topcoat and you're done!
So simple! I really like the finished product- it reminds me of pressed flowers! I'm looking forward to trying out this technique some more. I think it has a lot of potential for more intricate designs.

I used OPI Alpine Snow for my base. For the flowers I used OPI A Roll in the Hague, OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where? and OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips.

Still working on the photo setup business. It's working so far. Check out my new itty bitty watermark! I hope this one is effective yet minimally intrusive. I realize that it would be really easy to photoshop it out but I'm gonna go out on a limb and trust the kind people of the internet to leave it alone ;)

What do you think of the watercolour technique? Yay or nay? Have you tried it yet? (Feel free to link me with your versions!)


  1. unique style! :D I've been thinking of ways to vamp up my baby pink polish and you just made my day with your nailart idea!

  2. Ooh I love the way yours turned out! Your step by step instructions are awesome! I'm going to have to try this...

  3. Love, love love it! So pretty, I love the colours you've used too :)

  4. This looks gorgeous!! I have to try it! Awesome job :)

  5. ohhlala! and I barely noticed the watermark! i dont mind it at all

  6. Yun, The Polish Hideout21 August 2012 at 18:58

    This is so pretty! And you're right, it does remind me of pressed flowers! :-)

    ~ Yun

  7. Thanks, Lizzie! Definitely try it out- it's easier than it looks!

  8. Thank you! :D Try it, try it! Can't wait to see :D