Happy Easter Sunday everyone! I hope you're all relaxing and enjoying lots of chocolate :)
I know you're probably expecting some easter nail art but I decided instead to do a tutorial. It's only a picture tutorial because I don't have a camera suitable for recording at the moment. Mine has broken. But I've taken step by step photos so you can hopefully have a go at some blossom nails too!
First of all, I'll show you my setup, because I know some of you have never used acrylic paints. I am in no way an expert, in fact I'm very new to using acrylic paints but this is the setup I've found to work best.
First of all, I use a set of Reeves acrylic paints. This contains 12 colours in small 12ml tubes. You can use any acrylic artist paints and you don't need expensive ones! I was kindly given this set by my mum. She also has large tubes of acrylic paints as she uses large amounts for painting on canvas but I find you only use small amounts when working with nails.
I'm currently using a ferrero rocher box for my paint brushes, and I use the lid of it to mix my paints. Acrylic paint dries quick, so if you don't want a colourful, messy lid, soak it after each use or use something disposable. Anything plastic should do.
The little pot (red because I've washed some paint in it) is a pot of water I use to wash my paints in. I don't find you need a very big pot for nail art as you're working with such small amounts of paints and brushes. Above that is kitchen towel, I use this to wipe off excess water from the brushes and to make sure the brushes are clean after each use.
My brushes are just cheap ones from Amazon and Ebay. I'm currently looking around for better quality fine detailing brushes because none of these are good enough for fine details really. But you can still do some nail art with them.
Acrylic paint dries pretty quick, so work quickly or add water to your paints as you're using them to stop them drying out. Letting the paints dry out on your brushes will ruin them, so make sure to keep cleaning them with the water.
To mix my paints, I tend to use a cocktail stick. You can use a paint brush or whatever you're comfortable with.
Onto the tutorial :) click on the image to view the full size version.
1. Make sure your base colour is dry. You can choose any base colour you like, for my design I have used 2 coats of Nails Inc Colville Mews. Paint some branches using a brown acrylic paint. I used a thin striping brush because it's easy to get variable width lines with. You'll need to use the tip of it for the very fine bits of branches.
2. Either mix a pink paint or use a ready made pink paint. Here I mixed equal amounts of red and white. Using a small brush, randomly blob on the pink paint. Make sure the sizes are random and follow the branches you've painted.
3. Mix a slightly lighter pink paint. I just added some more white to my base pink colour. Dot this pink into the middle of the pink blossoms you've painted, making sure you don't cover all of the darker pink.
4. Making sure that the blossoms are dry, use a very fine brush and dot black acrylic paint into the centre of each blossom. If you put too much on, then use some of the lighter pink paint in step 3 to cover it.
5. Once the black is dry, use a very fine brush and dot white acrylic paint randomly into the centre of each flower.
6. Once the paint is all dry, add a topcoat to seal in the design. You might want to add a couple of coats of topcoat because acrylic paint can be a bit lumpy if you've applied it thick. Now you should have a blossom design :)
I hope this helps some of you, let me know if you have any questions! xx