I was going for a tiled sort of look here, like the intricately beaded lid on a trinket box or a small tabletop embedded with glass baubles. Instead I got the orange-green colour blindness test, with some red, purple and blue along for the ride as well!
These nails were not difficult, and although they didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, I like them all the same. But this manicure took an absolute eternity – so much picky dotted brushwork! – so I’m leaving it on for as long as I possibly can. Time is money. 😉
It was only after I had removed this cute pond manicure that I realized that with its lush magenta hue and floral sun design, it would have made the perfect background for a bit of Tangled-inspired nail art. I seem to recall Rapunzel maneuvering her impossibly gigantic ‘do around a kingdom celebration festooned with flags bearing purple and yellow sun designs.
Pond manicures look impressive, but really only hinge on two simple factors: A not-too-opaque jelly polish and a steady hand for detail work. For this manicure, I painted my nails with two coats of China Glaze’s Are You Jelly? Then, using a detail brush and an assortment of dotting tools, I painted on the floral design, filling in all the gaps to create a sort of mosaic tile design. Then I painted on one thin, even coat of Are You Jelly?, taking my time to ensure I wasn’t covering up too much of the floral sun design, before topping off the whole works with one mega light-reflecting coat of Seche Vite to make everything smooth as the surface of a (jelly-filled) pond.
But I might be willing to be one if I looked this good. 😉
This is a free-handed glass tile-ish design. With glitter “grout,” because of course!
All of my work is actually free-hand – it seems difficult enough to wrangle a detail brush and tiny pots of noxious chemicals without getting striping tape and nail glue involved.