Month: August 2012

Simple flowers


This was my first attempt at nail art.  Ever.  I’d bought some cheap brushes and dotting tools from eBay, had a small collection of nail polishes that I already owned, but had never done anything creative with and had bought a couple of new polishes, including a top-coat and base-coat the day before.

I’d spent some time looking through tutorials on the internet trying to determine where would be a good place to start.  Obviously choosing a complicated design first time would be setting myself up for failure and it’s important to have small successes when embarking upon a new hobby, especially a creative one, otherwise I find it easy to lose interest and move on to a new pastime.

So the tutorial for this came from Nail Art 101 which has loads of great tutorials on it categorised according to difficulty.  I’m hoping to try a few more from this site in future.  It made the flowers look simple, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Using the dotting tool was easier than I first thought it would be, and I came to understand why dots feature so heavily in so many designs labelled “beginner” or “easy”.  This was reassuring as it seems there is a lot that can be done with a fairly simple tool and technique, so plenty to keep me going as a beginner.  I do hope to move on to more complex, hand painted designs at some point though.

I also learnt that the polish can quickly become dry and sticky on the dotting tool and can leave unattractive hair-like threads on the nails.  Keeping the polish from drying too much was the first challenge for me, so I kept mixing it on the palette I was using and re-dipping the tool for each individual dot.

Colours I used were:

Pure Pearl – Revlon, Sensation – Color Addict, Baby Pink – Sweet Closet (Japanese Brand), White – Bon Bon (Japanese Brand)

I was fairly pleased with the final result considering it was my first attempt.  The flowers weren’t very even sized and some of them could be neater.  It’s a design I’ll certainly revisit and try to perfect in future.

Introducing myself…


I’m starting this blog to document my adventures in the world of nail art.  I’m a beginner to nail art and hope to watch my skills improve, discover interesting nail art sites, blogs and videos, start coming up with some of my own ideas and designs, review products and generally explore what I can do to my nails!

I’ve always had artistic hobbies, but haven’t done anything creative for a while.  I love the ideas of creating temporary art that is beautiful for a short time, documented in photos and then wiped away leaving a blank canvas for new ideas and designs.

I’m hoping to start out simple (but still beautiful) taking inspiration from all the great tutorials and guides out there and progress on to more technical and artistic designs once I get the hang of this art form.