I can’t believe we have just over a month left until In-Depth Night! I feel like I’ve learned so much, and yet I still want to learn so much more. Since my last post, I have had two meetings with my mentor. During these sessions, we have continued to try out new nail art styles and have been polishing up on some old ones as well. As nail art can often be a trial and error process, through these past few months, Sandi and I have gone through a variety of different concepts and alternatives with our designs.
Two weeks ago, Sandi and I spent quite a bit of time working on ombre nail art. I learned that the concept behind creating an ombre nail is actually quite simple. We started by taping the area around the nail to prevent mess, then picked out three different polish colours, painted the base of the nail with the middle colour, painted a line of each colour onto a makeup sponge, before finally dabbing the sponge onto the nail. After using this technique, we also came up with some different alternatives for various steps in the process. For example, when I practiced ombre at home, I realized that certain colour combinations (ie. red, orange, and yellow) should begin with a base coat of the lightest polish, instead of the middle polish. In terms of preparation, Sandi talked to me about the option to use a latex nail polish barrier around the nails instead of tape to prevent mess from the sponge. However, we quickly decided against this option as the product is quite expensive, and latex allergies could be a concern for In-Depth Night. Lastly, during our most recent meeting, Sandi showed me a way to blend colours before transferring them onto the sponge and later, the nail. In this technique, a line of each colour gets painted onto a glass surface, such as a tile, and a toothpick is used to lightly blend the colours into eachother. The sponge is then used to pick up the colour before again, dabbing it onto the nail. I noticed that while this technique is useful to create a more unified blend (which is good for when you want a smooth transition between very different colours), it is more time consuming. I can definitely see myself using this technique at home, but it might not be the most practical choice for In-Depth Night.
Another new skill we have started working on is dragged flowers. Although we have previously spent time on a rose pattern, I wanted to learn a minimalistic flower design as well. The design starts out with 5 dots placed in the shape of circle. While the paint is still wet, a toothpick is used to drag a bit of each dot to the centre of the circle, creating a petal appearance. Then, a different coloured dot or a gem can be used in the centre of the flower. In my designs, I decided to add a couple additional dots to the nail to create a French tip effect. In past posts, I have mentioned that an alternative to using nail polish is to use acrylic paint for nail art. Sandi had brought up this alternative because often, nail polish is not opaque enough for designs to stand out. Therefore, we’ve stuck to using paint for patterns in the past few sessions. However, we noticed that this design actually turned out better with a polish. Because this design includes dragging, the more watery and easy-to-be-manipulated polish is more effective. It really helps to bring each petal to a point and also allows some of your base colour to show through.
Some of the smaller (but just as important) alternatives Sandi and I have thought about are as follows:
- Add some yellow to the kernels to help distinguish the design as popcorn (as opposed to clouds)
- Paint 1/3 of the nail red with white stripes to look like a popcorn box
- To easily create stems, mix the green paint with a little bit of water. This will help the line “glide” when painting
- Use ombre colours as the basis of a design, for example, the base of a watermelon
- Put design (like a flower) on top of the ombre
- Dragged Flowers
- Place the flower near an edge, so that the design goes off the nail
- Use two colours
- Create a second dot flower within the first. Then, when you drag the polish to a point, the colours will blend
- Use a tiny brush to add small strokes of different colours to the inside of the flower