Tuesday, 15 January 2013

31DC Day 15: Watercolour

Greetings all!

Today is another first for me. I've never done watercolour nails before! I wasn't even sure exactly how to do it as there appears to be two ways to create this effect. You can either do it with acetone to water the polish down, or with a plastic bag to smudge the polish around. I chose the acetone method. But even then there is more than one way to do it! With most tutorials I found, you put little drops of polish on your nail, then add acetone to smudge it around. This didn't really work for me! After about an hour of YouTube, blogs, picture tutorials etc I found a video (and forgot to bookmark it. Idiot!) where you mix the acetone and polish together to thin it out, and then paint on the nail. *EDIT* I have since been kindly directed to the video I used, you can watch it HERE (thank you Kellie for sending me the  link!)

I first tried with some pastels, but it was barely visible. It just looked like dirty nails! So I tried again with some darker colours.

I started with 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow The pink is OPI Koala Berry, the blue is Revlon Royal, and the purple is an unnamed London Girl polish (a deep, royal purple).

After the first was too light, this is slightly too dark I think. It also hasn't really blended the way I wanted it to. However, for my first go, I don't think it's too bad!

Make sure to check out the other watercolour artists!


  1. you could probably do a couple pastels with a darker color last and kinda even out the too light/too dark look of them? Just a suggestion for next time!

    but I love these still!

    1. Yeah, the first was too light, and this one too dark. A third one should have been just right lol

  2. I used the same technique as you did, as I didn't like the "spotted" look of the other technique. Your turned out lovely!

  3. I bet this is the video you are talking about...
    I was inspired by the watercolor manis that you and others have done so I had to give it a shot too. I also like to mix the polish and acetone before applying it. Here is what I came up with... http://rainbownailsforfun.blogspot.com/2013/02/rainbow-watercolor-nail-art-tutorial.html
    What do you think?

    1. Ha! Yes! That's totally it amazing! I remember all the China Glaze lol


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