So, onto my first watercolor attempt. If you've never tried watercolor nails before, the idea is to use acetone to dilute the pigment. You start with a base and a couple of coats of top coat, then dab on color and use a brush dipped in acetone to dab over the color to wash it out and blend it together. I was having a hard time coming up with inspiration, so I went with different shades of blue.
*1 coat Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hardener
*2 coats Sinful Colors Snow Me White
*2 coats Out The Door
*Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Co-Bolt Blue
*Sinful Colors Why Not
*Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau
*1 coat Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor
*1 coats Out The Door
I started with a clean white base. Then, with very little direction for application, I went with my darkest color first--Co-Bolt Blue. I love this navy, shimmery blue (which you already know if you've seen any other post I made with blue in it) and it's wonderfully opaque. I dabbed it on and then, with a small paint brush dipped in acetone, dabbed some more!
Next I used Why not, with the same technique and (lack of) precision. This cream is a medium blue, much lighter than I realized when it was diluted with acetone. I'll also draw your attention to my index finger and the missing polish near the tip. The point of using 2 layers of top coat before the water color effect is to protect your base from the acetone. However, if, like me, you decide to add more polish or are overenthusiastic with your dabbing, you might just see your nail make an appearance... Lesson learned.
I added a coat of Pearl Harbor, an iridescent blue glitter, to draw it all together. This last picture was under a lamp, without flash, and I added it because the color is much truer here. Overall, I'm not super-thrilled with this look. I think part of the problem is the monochromatic choice, which I'll remember. I think this look is interesting and I may very well try it again with better color choices. Have you done a watercolor mani before? What did you find worked well? Do you have any good tips?