Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kisses!

Kiss Nail Art

Day 17 of the Bundle Monster Challenge is "Kisses."  Originally I was going to do each nail differently, but after some technical difficulties with the stamping, I decided to make them all the same.  Usually the "comic" style nail (black rim with white shine detail) is done with a solid color in the center, but I decided to mix it up with a pattern.  Whenever I think of comic book women, they always have big pillowy red lips, so it made sense to put the two aspects together.

 
Polish Used:
  • Revlon Nail Enamel - Bubbly
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color - Red Red
Other Supplies:
 
If you prefer the "traditional" comic look, skip the stamping step.  But for these nails, here's how to create the look:
  1. Apply a base color.  I'm using Bubbly by Revlon.  It is a nice bubble gum pink and perfect for the comic feel.  
  2. Stamp the kiss/lips design on each nail using Red Red.  The polish is thick enough that the stamped color turns out well.  Stamping on pink also helps the red be more vibrant.
  3. Next paint the black rim around each nail.  I suggest using black acrylic paint and a nail brush to do this.  Acrylic paint is easier to handle than nail polish, but you can use polish if you don't have regular paint on hand.  I've found that acrylic paint doesn't get gummy like nail polish does as it dries.
  4. Add a "shine."  Using a dotting tool and white acrylic paint, make a large dot, and then painted a tapered line to look like an exclamation point.  Again, you can use regular polish if you prefer.
 
Remember for the first coat of top coat, try not to brush over the stamped design too much or the color will drag.
 
For any clean up, if you used acrylic paint, that washes off skin easily with just water.  But be sure the paint is completely dry if you are going to try and wash it off, as the paint could still pull off of the nail.  Otherwise you can still use the brush and acetone method.




Pet portrait
Pet portrait I painted for a client.
Note: I use Liquitex acrylic paints.  It is a heavy body, professional paint, so it has more pigment and is thicker than regular craft paint.  I just use it because I already have it on hand since I'm also a painter painter...not just nail painter.  On the plus side, because it is so thick, one coat pretty much does it and you don't have to use a lot.  But it is expensive.

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