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August 1, 2012
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This… this was full-on doodlebuggin’.  I was at the store yesterday and one of the checkout ladies mentioned that she had sat down the night before, didn’t know what to do with her nails, and wound up just painting them all different colors.  Her hands looked so happy and fun, and I realized it had been a minute since I’d done the same: just went in with no ideas to see what would happen.

So I started with a coat of Kleancolor White — blank canvas and all of that — and then painted in some swirls in bright pink with acrylic paint.  It was too much, too loud, and didn’t leave me much room to fill in the blanks without a ton of effort.  Then I remembered this snarktastic comment I got ages ago from a hater about nail art looking juvenile/like “some kid had fingerpainted all over your hands”, so I did just that: I dabbed my finger in some paint and started daubing in green, blue and yellow over the pink swirls.  It nearly obliterated the pink, but I left it just light enough that you still got the sense there was something fluid going on underneath.  Followed that by actually painting in a few more loose swirls in yellow, then used a dotting tool to add some pink dots along some of those lines.  I actually considered going nutso and wrapping in some newsprint transfer, but it was already getting crazy busy, so finished it off with three coats of Ludurana Flocado Arco-Iris, a true rainbow of flakies in a clear jelly base that launched this into sparkletastic territory.

There’s a lot going on here but I’m glad I skipped the newsprint, there’s something weird and fun with these as-is.

Flakie Swirl Nails

Ludurana Flocado Arco-Iris

swirl nail art

nail art dots

18 Responses

  1. Miss K. says:

    Bravo! :) I like it because from further away it all blends into a nice light warm green but if you look closer there’s quite some detailing going on, as a painting!.:)

    • the nerd says:

      Exactly! It was a lot of fun from afar, you couldn’t really tell all the junk I’d thrown at it… Thank you Miss K!

  2. Casey says:

    I like how you got your inspiration from a hater…. You showed them!

  3. Ro says:

    I love it! I think my daughter and I need to fingerpaint on our nails one of these days!

  4. Amber says:

    This is by far the cutest finger painting I’ve ever seen….just don’t tell my kids I said that ;) .

  5. Michelle says:

    I feel like I’m looking at fractals. Very nice.

  6. Olivia C. says:

    So cute! I love all the colors together. Such a fun summer manicure. :)

  7. T.A. says:

    I think it came out brill! Had someone tell me a lil while ago that women should stick to french manicures because color and art on nails look “common/redneck”. Was kinda hurt at that stage but when I got home I got a “dude, that looks badass” from my fiance! So suck it haters! We’re here to stay!

    • the nerd says:

      Ugh, “common/redneck” just sounds like “jealous” to me! Same thing over here though; lots of smack talk, but would still use my polish like everybody else. Weird.

  8. It looks like some kind of exotic fabric, very nice and summery :)

  9. nail crazy says:

    gorgeous, great idea just to have fun and play with polishes… doesn’t matter what the rest of the world would think about it ;-D

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