Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 15 Crumpet 31 DC - Watercolor

The theme for day 15 of Crumpet Tarts 31 Day Challenge is watercolor.  When I first read through the list, I thought it said water marble, which is a whole different animal.  I had never done this technique before, so I had to do some research.  A search for "water color nail art" on YouTube turned up at least 4 different ways to do this technique.  By the time I watched 5 videos, I decided I was going to combine a couple of different techniques.  I knew exactly what I wanted to recreate.  My inspiration came from this image.

This is what I came up with.

What do you think?  I think I nailed it (tee hee).  I was going to take it off right away to try and get another day done, but I liked it so much, I recreated it on my right hand so I can wear it for work tomorrow!

I took a few pics of the process and thought I would share.  I started with one coat of Ulta Snow White.  I just wanted to start with a "clean" palette.  Then I mixed some acetone with China Glaze Kalahari Kiss in a little art palette and applied all over the nail with a medium art paintbrush.  This is what it looked like.

Then I randomly painted on acetone thinned polishes in the following colors.
  • Zoya Gemma
  • Revlon Muse
  • China Glaze Recycle
  • China Glaze Fast Track
  • Ulta Snow White
  • More China Glaze Kalahari Kiss
Finally I splattered the whole thing with thinned Ulta Snow White and a stiff stippling brush.

What a mess!  After some clean up (let's be honest, a lot of clean up:) and top coat, I stamped with Avon Forbidden Fudge and Bundle Monster BM-314.  Just a couple more pics

I have to say I loved this mani.  It probably isn't the best color palette for my skin, but I don't care!  As always, I learned some things with this technique.  If I were to do it again, I would add a topcoat over the base coat because the polish mixed with acetone caused some bald spots in the base coat that took some work to cover with the thinned polish.  Totally worth it though!

So now go check out all the other works of watercolor art.


  1. Really, really pretty. And JUST like that picture! They have a sort of antique-y look that's quite unuaual, but beautiful!

  2. This is so pretty that I almost don't believe it's real! lol.

    1. Thanks Sarah! You should have heard me trying to convince my coworkers that it wasn't nail wraps!

  3. Pretty! :) I vote for you! Good luck! :)

  4. Love these colors. Yours stands out.