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I stumbled upon this monochromatic wall paper design and decided that I really liked it. Unfortunately, I didn't have the yellowish green in my collection. I chose to use a muted blue to replicate the dullness of vintage design colors. It also gives the design a little more contrast than the wallpaper. Also in this design, instead of using black nail polish and nail art brush to create the outline, I used a black gel pen instead. I stumbled upon this technique when I was at work a while ago. It was during my downtime and I wanted to fixed a flower on my past design. So I just grabbed my black gel pen and I was surprised as to how well it glided on. So here's a nifty little trick for people who want to add more intricacy into their nail art, use a black gel pen! Pens are much easier to control than fine nail art brushes. You won't need to worry about thick globs of polishes, so you should definitely give it a try!
I nicked my thumb, so that's why you don't see my claw on display! Keep reading for the tutorial!
- Yellow Ivory Polish
- Julep "Sally"
- Pale Yellow Polish
- Julep "Leila"
- Pale Blue Polish
- Julep "Julianne"
- Matte Top Coat
- Julep "Matte Top Coat"
- Black Gel Pen
- Muji "0.38 Black Pen"
- Nail Art Brush
- Paint your nail in pale blue and allow it to dry.
- Using a nail art brush, use the ivory yellow polish to create the body of the flowers, stems, and leaves. Since most yellow polishes are translucent, this ivory yellow will give the flowers more dimension and allow the yellow polish to pop more.
- Using the pale yellow polish, paint on top of the the design you already created in the previous step. You do not need to fill it out all the way. The bottom layer of the polish can resemble the highlight of the flower. Allow your polish to dry completely.
- Using a black gel pen with a fine tip, draw in the details of the flowers. Create the petals, stems, and leaves.
- Using your dotter, add in some dots in the negative space of the design. This is just to give it some extra details, but this can be an optional step.
- Since vintage designs have very muted colors, apply a matte top coat to eliminate the shine and make the colors less vibrant.
Anyways, this is my little spin on vintage nail design using a black gel pen. Let me know what you think!
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