11 May 2014

First Try with One-Stroke Flowers!

Hiya! Yep, I'm posting late again. I don't even have a good excuse, really. I have an excuse, but not a good one. I discovered this game yesterday on my phone, and I can't stop playing it. It's disturbing how fun it is! I meant to get this post up last night, but I couldn't tear myself away from it. #sorrynotsorry

But here is my latest creation! I have been so inspired by Raquel and Lucie and their beautiful one-stroke flowers that I finally decided to give it a go myself. I don't know why I didn't try this sooner. It's easy and SO beautiful!

**These nails are dedicated to my lovely friend Monika, who has been so sweet and such an encouragement to me as I've made some big changes in the past year. She is also an amazingly talented artist, who makes jewellery and soap and lotions and lip balms and all kinds of lovely things (check out her work here!). I wanted to paint these for her because they remind me of the delicately-sculpted decorative soaps and things she makes... plus she always inspires me to try new things! Danke, schöne freundin von mir! :) **

The base colour is OPI Baby It's Coal Outside. A true black, shimmery, lovely polish. Most of the time when you get silver shimmer or glitter involved, the black base ends up looking more grey, but not this one. I wanted something pretty and shimmery but that wouldn't take away from the flowers, and I feel this was perfect. Here's a swatch of it alone...

B-E-A-youtiful :)

For the flowers, I used the popular one-stroke flower technique. Plenty of information can be found about this on the two ladies' sites I listed above, or on the interwebz in general, so I won't go into detail. I used a flat brush plus red and white acrylic paints to make the flowers. I really thought it would take more practice and trial and error, but they really don't!

Indoors with flash

I suppose if you were really fussy, you might want to do it more carefully and make them all look the same, but I think they look more natural this way. I did the leaves sort of the same way--dipped a small liner brush first into green, then white paint, and swooped on the shapes, leaving the centres open to suggest the vein/middle shadow of the leaf.

Outdoors, no sun because it was a dreary day :(

For a finishing touch, I mixed the red and white together to make a pretty pink, and added pistils/stamens and dots in the centre of each flower with the same small striper. Finished with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

But it was sunny this morning!

I hope you like these as much as I do! I want to try this technique again, and I'm itching to try them out on someone else too, as I think this would be relatively easy to manage on another person's nails (as opposed to some designs, which are very tough compared to doing them on yourself).

Have you ever tried this technique? If you have, show me in the comments or on one of my social media pages :D  See you soon! xoxo

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