Mar 12 2012

Nail Art Tutorial: Itsy-Bitsy Triangles

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Are you good at hand drawing? Well, I’m not, and that means that I usually rely heavily on masking tapes when painting patterns on my nails. OK, I love using masking tapes, but… sometimes it drives me CRAZY (you know, all the cutting and the extra drying time?). There has to be another way, I thought.

And… yap, I finally got it. I no longer have to worry about my shaky hands! I love myself. Can I say it again? OK, maybe not. So, let’s get cracking on!

You’ll need:

Itsy-Bitsy Triangles tool
  • nail polish
  • tear-off paper pallet
  • small, sharp scissors
  • orange stick/ tweezers


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1) Apply small amount of nail polish on the paper pallet, and let it dry.

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2) When the polish is completely dry, slowly peel it off with an orange stick or tweezers.

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See? It comes off pretty easily. If it doesn’t peel off, maybe the polish isn’t dry enough yet, or the polish was too thinly applied.

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3) With sharp scissors, cut the dry polish into triangle shapes (or whatever shape your heart tells you), and the preparation is done!

Now all you need to do is paint your nails as you normally do, stick the triangles on the wet polish, and finish it off with a top coat.

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I can’t believe how easy it is to make these triangles, and also to make these otherwise complicated patterns (sorry the photo is a bit blurred). Possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to try making more patterns!


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22 Commnents to “Nail Art Tutorial: Itsy-Bitsy Triangles”

  1. the inside of a doritos bag works just as well.

  2. Absolutely genius! Really, awesome idea. I’m hoping wax paper will work because I dont want to wait to try it

  3. Wow! This is amazing – definitely going to try this out :)

  4. What kind of paper palette do I buy? I saw tons of different textures in the store.

  5. I’d like to try something similar to this but when I went into the craft store I saw plenty of tear off paper palette with different textures. I’m not sure which to get. Can you help?

  6. I’m french and I just don’t understand what kind of paper did you use? thanks, love your tutorials by the way

  7. Merci, Britte :)

  8. Bonjour et Merci et, comme je cherche des …”idées folles !”, j’ai découvert une Artiste “Folle” donc, une “Artiste Vraie” ! Bravo. Vi

  9. Thanks itulip :)

  10. i am a nail art fanatic and i am SO excited to try this!!!

  11. Seems like the decal worked :D Thanks for stopping by, Sam!

  12. I just did polka dots on all my fingers excluding my left thumb. I used wax paper to get my dots . My lft thumb I painted a fancy feather. anyways, I gotta pull the wax paper out of the garbage can and cut some of the splotches of nail color into shapes. thanks for your blog.!

  13. I’m more than happy for you to link the tutorial on your blog! Thanks for stopping by, Tanuki :)

  14. Thank you for the great tutorial and inspiration! The other day, I happened to find your blog while I was looking for some nail art tips. I am wondering if it would be ok if I introduce your blog in my blog? Many thanks:)

  15. Thanks Dee for stopping by and pinning my tuto :)

  16. Ta lots. I have pinned it so that I can be sure to remember the technique or where I learned about it. :)

  17. If using a plastic palette doesn’t work (I haven’t tried it before, so I don’t know), try using a plastic bag instead! Thanks for stopping by, Nina :)

  18. Very, very inspiring! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’m wondering if it would work on my normal plastic palette. I’m gonna give it a shot :)

  19. Haha, ‘crazy’ is the best compliment for me!

  20. you have crazy good ideas… love it,, all the best Sara

  21. Thank you Masa :)

  22. your nails are truly a work of art!

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