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November 20, 2012
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This one was sort of an experiment: “what can I do with a couple of dotting tools?”  See, with flowers, the instinct is to go to brushes — they’re what flow and dance and drag the paint around like a petal.  But maybe you can do the same with a dotting tool, just dropping some paint and then pulling it around? …or not.  I don’t know, the OCD freak in me can only see what’s not perfect, but then again you have to have your face right up on it to tell; from a glance, it looks just fine.

I started with a two coat base of OPI Danke-Shiny Red — if this color isn’t perfectly dialed for the holidays I don’t know what is; it’s got that metallic red of a ribbon on a present and I’m definitely into it.  Of course that made thinking of anything OTHER than the holidays a little tricky once it popped into my brain, so I sat down with some acrylic paints and dotting tools to see what came of it, taking inspiration from some lovely yellow and orange gerber daisies sitting in my living room.  Like I said, the tools didn’t execute as cleanly as I might have liked (dropping some paint, pulling it toward the center of the flower, repeating endlessly because I was never quite happy with the size/shape of the petals), but I do like the effect overall.

Dotty Daisy Nails

OPI Danke-Shiny Red

daisy nail art

flower manicure

Also, just had to share this one (it’s relevant to my current interests!):

rule of two

8 Responses

  1. Katherine says:

    These are so pretty! I love the graphic too :)

  2. beachgal says:

    Lovely! I need some ideas of what to do with my Danke Shine – it’s just kind of lacking on it’s own for me but I had not figured out what colors to put with it.

  3. nail crazy says:

    gorgeous manicure, lovely color combo and so well painted :D
    love your ‘the rule of 2′ too :D

  4. nail crazy says:

    i just noticed that you removed the pics verification, i’m so glad, i couldn’t make a comment on a last few posts :D

  5. Gottwinkies says:

    Gorgeous, and I love your dotty flowers…The greens mixed in are a great touch around the flowers

  6. Samantha says:

    As frustrated as you were in designing this, it came out beautiful! Lovely lovely job as always :)

  7. It’s a beautiful result, and although I miss the smooth movement of the brush hairs, IMO it’s basically possible to paint almost anything with dotting tools too…

  8. Helga says:

    I like the flowers :) And I really like the last pic! More creating!

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