Nail Art: Watercolour Nails with Acrylic Paints
Hello Sweets! I don’t know how we got into the last leg of November, and everything is spinning around in my household like a mad merry-go-round that evil mad scientists invented! Anyways, I wanted to experiment something new for this week’s nail art, and here are my inspirations:
Super chic watercolour nail art by Japanese nail salon, Nail Common.
And also super fan watercolour nail art by a nail art blogger, Rebecca likes nails.
At first I tried doing the watercolour effect following Rebecca likes nails’s tutorial, but I realised that the colours came out too vivid for my liking – nothing wrong with Rebecca’s method using acetone to thin the polishes, just my selection of polishes didn’t suit what I wanted to achieve.
Then, miraculously, Mr T suggested using his acrylic paints instead (yes, instead of investing on another sets of polishes!). And it worked, after running a few trials and errors :)
I used (from left):
- OPI / Pirouette My Whistle
- OPI / Don’t Touch My Tutu!
- acrylic paints
(not in the photo)
- pallet (I’m using paper pallet)
- paint brush
- small bowl of water
- cotton buds (or cotton swabs for my American readers :))
How to get the look:
1) Apply base coat.
2) Apply four coats of Don’t Touch My Tutu!.
3) Place a tiny amount of acrylic paint (I mean, really tiny) on a pallet, and thin it with water using a paint brush. It depends on the thickness of the paint how much water you should add, but I added about 10 times the amount of water to the paint.
4) Add a few tiny drops of the thinned paint to your nail.
5) Wait until the paint dries a little bit (I waited for about 3 minutes), then place a cotton buds lightly on top of the paint to soak up the excess water.
6) After the paints are completely dry, repeat step 3 to 5 to add more colours on your nails. Beware that if you add paints before the previous colour dries, they will bleed. Don’t ask me why I know it!
7) When the paints are dry, apply Pirouette My Whistle.
8) Apply a top coat.
I’m so relieved that acrylic paints worked – but am I 100% happy with the result? The answer is sadly no… I couldn’t tell if the paints were thinned enough or too thick, or how far I should’ve waited before soaking up the excess water.
There are so many designs that I want to try out with the watercolour technique, so I shall continue with my experiment – and I will come back with a proper step-by-step photo tutorial. Until then, I’m holding onto Mr T’s acrylic paints… :)