September 6, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does it Again: Art! with Watercolor'd Stone Carving Nail Art

Yay! Today's theme is art! Art week back in January was one of my favorite themes from the Digit-al Dozen, so I'm excited to try a new idea for this re-hash on the theme. Today I'm utilizing the acetone "watercolor" effect to mimic the natural texture of stone + a celtic-inspired (or maybe sweater?!) pattern from DRK-A stamped on top! The overall scale is perhaps a little weird between the pattern and the stone texture (and my tiny nails), but I really really like it all the same. Check it out!





The watercolor technique was much easier the second time around (my first time doing it here). I used the technique from the beautygeeks tutorial this time and I like the effect more this way I think (but they both are cool!). Here's what I did:
  1. Paint on base color (mine was OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls), then TWO layers of top coat
  2. Watch TV for a long time to make sure "it's really really dry" :D
  3. Place tiny, tiny dots of the color you want to spread around on your nail (my first shade was a light grey, Pure Ice Kiss me Here)
  4. Use a fluffy brush dipped in acetone and lightly tap it on to the dots of color to dissolve them a little, then tap your brush around the rest of the nail to place thin blobs of color all over randomly
  5. Keep blobbing, dissolving, and randomly tapping your other colors - I did another round of blob-dissolve-tap with Orly Decoded
  6. Blob-dissolve-tap until satisfied, then YOU'RE DONE!
In my case I also put a quick thin layer of OPI Don't Touch my Tutu over the top to make it a little more subtle of a pattern. You could do this with any combination or number of colors and I think it looks really pretty! When I stamped my DRK-A pattern on, I used a combo of Orly Decoded and Konad white polish to give a little depth and then scraped diagonally to keep the colors in the places I wanted :)

I'm really happy with how these turned out! They also remind me of warm fluffy sweaters, so I feel like they would be fun winter nails, too. As I said in the intro I'm not sure that the scale is really correct, but I'm OK with it :p NOW don't forget to check out the other art-inspired nail art below and our sweet $200 gift card giveaway.

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18 comments:

  1. The base on this reminds me of marble! It's stunning!!

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    1. Woo hoo! So glad! That's what I was going for :) Thanks Bee

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  2. Love the results!! It looks like marbles/sweater pattern ♥
    I have to try this out myself, and watch TV for a very very long time :) xx

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    1. Hahahah! Let me know if you do :) Thank you so much ayaka ♥

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    1. Thanks Lisa!! So glad it looks that way :)

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  4. Looks like stone, you did it again!! :)

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  5. I love your use of the watercolor technique with similar colors! I'll have to try that, it looks fantastic. Great job!

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    1. Thank you!! I think it almost works better with similar colors vs. too many fun colors. Polish never mixes or layers the way I expect it to; it's so different from normal paint! I want to try one with just primary colors next to see if I can get them to mix on the nail into secondary and tertiary colors :)

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  6. I love this so much! The colors and the technique....WOW! :)

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  7. "Watch TV for a long time to make sure "it's really really dry" " lolol, yes, that's about it! I love how multidimensional this looks. Awesome job ♥♥

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  8. That base is just stunning! I love it!

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  9. this does look just like stone! I loveee!

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