Can you believe that we're already to the middle of week? I move back to Albany and into my new apartment, I'm finally living off campus this year, in exactly a week! And like every year, I haven't started packing yet....whoops...it'll get done...eventually...
Anywho, onto the nails!
Brownie points to whoever can guess what these nails are supposed to be? Haha!
Here's what I used:
For my Holiday/Vacation nails, I wanted to show travel and I decided to show this by creating passport nails! This was also my first attempt at making my own decals. I didn't follow a tutorial but I made them based off of what I remembered reading from other peoples' blogs.
The decals started with me applying a few "swatches" of topcoat to a plastic baggy. I then painted on the little passport stamps on with acrylic paint. I let the decals dry for a night, mostly because it was late and I had to go to bed. When I was ready to use the decals, I peeled them off the baggy and cut around the designs.
For the actual nails, I started with 2 coats of Did You Ear About Van Gogh? and a layer of topcoat. I then dabbed the other brown polishes on my nail and spread the colors around with a brush dipped in acetone (or the watercolor technique). I added another layer of topcoat and while it was wet, I placed the decals into it. When the decals were *finally* laid down flat, I applied another layer of topcoat.
I like the idea of these nails but I wish that I hadn't of gone down the decal route. Freehanding the stamps on probably would have been easier for me. If anyone has any tips for making and/or applying decals, I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for reading guys!