Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

Hi all! I was itching to paint some florals on my nails, but I didn't want to go for my usual ditsy prints. After staring at polishes for awhile I finally settled on a cherry blossom print. This look has been done so many times before, but this is the first time I tried it. The resulting look is very spring-appropriate and pretty, and it garnered a lot of compliments too :)

These nails were 'simple' to execute in my mind, but ended up being a lot more work than I expected. I started off with a more 2D look, but I wasn't happy with that, so I started over using the watercolour technique. This took a lot more time and frustration, but I'm much more pleased with the results.

I started with China Glaze Kinetic Candy on all of my nails. I then went in with a striping brush and OPI You Don't Know Jacques to paint the branches, highlighting with OPI San Tan-Tonio. I painted each petal with American Apparel Coney Island. I added a drop of American Apparel T-Shirt to the center of each flower and then diluted it with acetone on a paintbrush. With OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips I added three small dots to each center with a dotting tool, and diluted that as well. For the leaves I used Essie Navigate Her. Finally I added texture to the sky background using a very diluted mixture of American Apparel T-Shirt and acetone.

Hope you liked these cheery cherry blossoms! Thanks so much for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)



  1. Brittney, these look amazing!! Cherry blossoms are some of my favourite nails ever, both to do and to look at, and these are just gorgeous. The highlighting work you did really shows! :D

  2. They're so pretty, lovely manicure!

  3. These are gorgeous! I have been meaning to try something like this for ages, it's so pretty.

  4. Aww cherry did amazing!