Monday, August 27, 2012

Quilted Nail Art

I absolutely love Chanel quilted bags, which was why I wanted to create a nail art inspired by the quilt design. I didn't go for the classic black, just because I thought it would be more fun with color. At first, I tried to do it with various different colours, but it didn't turn out too well. Out of all them, purple looked the best to me so I took the rest of the colours off and did a purple quilted design instead. My goal of this design was to try to make it look 3D by adding the shading. I think it turned out quite well and on top of that it's super easy to do! 

Keep reading to check out my step to step guide on how I achieved this! 

  • Darker Purple Polish 
    • Julep "Charlotte"
  • Light Purple Polish
    • OPI "Do you Lilac it?"
  • Black Polish
    • OPI "Black Onyx"
  • White Polish
    • American Apparel Lacquer "T-shirt"
  • Nail Art Brush/Striper
  • Purple Microbeads - optional
  • Toothpick
  • Topcoat 

  1. Paint your nail with the lighter purple. Using a nail art striper and a darker shade purple, create large criss cross pattern on your nails. The smaller the criss cross, the more work that is involved. 
  2. Create a slightly darker purple by mixing black with the darker purple. Paint along the "V" of the squares, this will represent the lowlight and shadows
  3. Mix the lighter shade of purple with the darker shade of purple. Paint it slightly above the dark V. This will create the mid ones.
  4. Mix the lighter shade of purple with white and paint the top V to create the highlight.
  5. Use a topcoat and apply about 2 coats. This will melt and blend the colours together to make it appear more smoothly. Next with black polish, create very fine black lines. They do not have to be a solid black line. Allow the black lines to slightly disconnect, it adds to the 3D element of this nail design.
  6. Optional: Pour out a small amount of micro beads. Paint your nails with another coat of top coat. While it's still wet, use a toothpick swiped with topcoat to pick up each individual bead and place it on the intersections of the lines.
Samantha's Mixing TipPlace a drop of whatever colours you need to mix with. Use the striper brush to drag colours together and mix. This will give you a little bit more control than mixing two globs of polishes together. 

Without Microbeads

Looks better from afar


  1. This is unreal!!! I love it, so beautiful and it looks exactly like the gorgeous classic bags.

  2. This is so cool! I love how 3D it looks! Beautiful xoxo

  3. That looks pretty awesome

  4. This is gorgeous. You would think you stamped this, it's just that neat! It looks perfect, very playfull. Lovely!

  5. It's love ! I like it too much

    Kisses :)

  6. Wow! Your nails look awesome. Looks a lot like those bags. LOVE them!

  7. They look so nice! I have to say that I'm jealous of how amazingly you can do nails. :)

  8. Such a cute idea! I'll try to copy that some time soon. <3 Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  9. Woww this is amazing nail art!!You painted with perfection. Great creativity!

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  10. Wowza - this is an awesome manicure! Nice job! :) Stopping by from Mani Monday.

  11. The shading totally makes it look 3D! I kept wanting to reach out and touch the screen to "feel" it!

  12. So adorable! I want to try this! But dono how!!
    I have very small and tiny nails :(

  13. Whoa this is so cool! Looks 3D almost...sounds like it would take a lot of patience to do!

  14. Thank you ladies, your compliments are too kind :D

  15. I love your blog! So fashionable.
    Maybe we can follow each other?

    xoxo Kaja

  16. OMG! I LOVE YOUR NAILS. what do you use to make it strong and long?

  17. These look awesome!! u have a really good blog!! :)

  18. This is so delicate and beautiful!!

  19. O my goodness. I LOVE this! So pretty!


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