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November 21, 2012
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I’ll be honest,t his was supposed to go in a different direction — but I couldn’t find my Exacto knife anywhere, which made cutting fun shapes a no-go, so had to quickly come up with a Plan B before the sun set.

Then I realized that one of the hardest tricks to get right in nail art is perfectly straight lines.  If you’ve got a super-steady hand, you can do it freestyle (practice makes perfect).  And there’s of course the taping method, but so many times it goes wrong with minor bleeds and paint lifting up with the tape (again, practice…).  But using the DIY nail decal method?  Easy-friggin-peasy!

I started this one with a two coat base of OPI Casino Royale from the Skyfall Collection — I’ve definitely been keeping things in my favorite colors wheelhouse lately and this plummy color is no exception; rich and thick, it’s got this royal air to it that’s really delicious.  Followed that by placing some chunks of nail polish on parchment paper to dry while I went and did some yard work (from left to right, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, OPI Berlin There Done That, and China Glaze Man Hunt):

DIY nail decal

Once those were dry (and the yard didn’t look like a complete disaster anymore), I went in with some scissors to cut them into strips.  This was all eyeballed, so obviously there are some inconsistencies, and if you wanna be super precise about things you can always use a ruler as a guide… but I was admittedly rushin’ things so this is how it worked out.

how to do nail stripes

Once sliced and diced, it was only a matter of peeling up the slivers and weaving them together.  I used my fingers, but you can employ tweezers too (probably helpful if you cut your lines thinner than I did).

hatched nail art tutorial

Using the nail decal method, I dropped the strips onto my nail and pressed them into place:

nail art how to

Then used a pointed cotton swab and some nail polish remove to clean off the excess (this is where I realized I missed the opportunity to weave the lines up near the top once more, whoopsie)…

nail art tutorial

Wrap it up with some topcoat and voila, you’ve got some no muss no fuss straight lines/woven patterning for your nails!

OPI Casino Royale

OPI Berlin There Done That

China Glaze Man Hunt

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10 Responses

  1. T.A. says:

    This came out awesome! Especially love how the colours look together! Again, AWESOME!!!

  2. Kristin says:

    Looks awesome! Great idea :)

  3. bita says:

    look great
    fantastic
    good idea

  4. Trine-Marie says:

    Wow, these are absolutely awesome!

  5. Whoha, that’s a fun idea, and look at those crisp lines!
    Great work!

  6. Gottwinkies says:

    Lovely! I didn’t know you could do this on parchment paper! I tried it on the waxy side of freezer paper…laziness on my part…but not go. Was the paper hard to pull off the back?

  7. nail crazy says:

    awesome! love the color combo :D

  8. Helga says:

    This is a really neat idea. I thought you had painted the lines.

  9. MINAL says:

    nice 1….i also have my own design .can i mail u??

  10. HeatherN says:

    So I am digging your website and this pattern in particular. I managed to do it but I ended up having trouble getting the strips woven together to actually hold their pattern while picking it up to place on my finger.

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