As you know, I’m approaching my 100th blog post. And a little while ago I asked for you to vote on what you wanted to see for that milestone. You had four choices: Stamping, Smoosh, Water Marble, and Something New.
Second place, goes to: Something New! And that’s exactly what I have for you today for post No. 99!
I can’t wait to hear your reactions for this one!!
|Summertime colors dribbled all over my nails!|
There is one special lady to thank for these incredibly fun-to-make and fun-to-wear nails — Tracie!! A.K.A., MentalMoma to those on social media 😉
Want to know more about this new kind of nail art design? Keep on reading….
Where was I.
Tracie is a huge inspiration to us. Not only does she post amazingly gorgeous designs, but they all come from her own spark of artistry. She is good at anything she does; techniques such as stamping, smooshing, dotting – and especially water spotting. And, recently she developed a new technique that she calls the dribble mani.
I love the fun that Tracie has and shares with us when “she sits down for a play with nails”. She uses all the colors, and we share a fondness for orange nail polishes. When I was invited to participate in her surprise Birthday collaboration, I had such a hard time picking which design to re-create. I almost did one of her water spotting nails as each one is incredibly awe-mazing!
Check out the fun collage of Tracie fans that Bex (@bexdennis23 on Instagram) collected for her party:
I really wish I hadn’t had to take an antihistamine last night – my head is still in a fog. Hopefully I get the most important points across today:
- Tracie is a really fun, creative, loving person. And, she has a very sweet dog named Coco. (Yeah that wasn’t super relevant, but still…) She’s on Instagram as @mentalmoma.
- Dribble nail art is the bomb!!
- I’m so lucky to have you all to share my love for nail art with!!
So, what tools do you need for creating a dribble mani? None! How cool is that?
|These remind me of a beach towel…|
This art is made with just the brushes that come inside the polish bottle. To create them, I just slowly dribbled the polish in shaky “lines” across my nail in random order of the colors. You want a decent amount of polish on the brush so that you don’t have to touch the nail surface with it, but not as much as when dropping into a water marble. Also, I found it helps to wait until the previous dribbled color dries before slightly overlapping the next one.
Here is a collage of Tracie’s posts of these fun dribbles (along with mine in the bottom left corner – because I was spatially challenged today and couldn’t get hers to fit just right). As always, you can click on any photo in my blog to see it bigger…
|Aren’t her dribble designs fabulous!! I went with the colors from her very first one (bottom right).|
You can see that it is a technique that can support lots of color themes!! You know I’ll be returning to this one. Someday, I might stamp over one like she did as well.
All I found needed for these was some patience. You’ll see below, that dribbling polish onto your nails gets a little messy around edges. I did use a latex peel-off barrier, but I also found that using your finger or sponge to “mop up” the extra polish will help it to dry faster. (Thank you Robin Moses for teaching us this trick!)
|The polish flows across the nail and settles in the sides/cuticle. I’ve already cleaned up my index nail for comparison.|
I created this art right on top of my bare nail (well, I had applied some base coat first). Here’s the products I used (clockwise from top left in photo above):
- Bliss Kiss ~ Simply Peel Latex Barrier
- Polish My Life ~ 1950’s Mint Fridge (green)
- OPI ~ I Just Can’t Cope-acabana (yellow)
- Orly ~ Snowcone (blue)
- KIKO ~ #822 (orange)
- Polish My Life ~ Watermelon Waves (medium pink)
- Polish My Life ~ Birthday Suit (off-white)
- Revlon ~ Enamor (baby pink)
- Jolie Polish ~ blue clean-up brush
- Fab Ur Nails ~ Angular Kolinsky clean-up brush
|Up-close-and-personail of my ring finger|
I think these came out OK considering it was my first go of it, The orange I chose wasn’t quite opaque enough next to some of the darker colors, but that’s minor. The bubbles I got were brought out when I used top coat. I think if I had waited longer I wouldn’t have had the issue. You couldn’t see either of these issues with “normal” vision in real life though.
|My favorite nail was the index finger. I think it almost looks like a sunset.|
If you do have the time, I found doing one or two nails at a time works best. This way you can monitor the flow of the polish easier (without tipping your nails while doing the others). Also, if you’re using a latex product like I did, they don’t peel off as well when too much time goes by, so by not doing all five nails at once it decreases the time between applying and peeling.
|I was pleasantly surprised to find my dribble lines matched up pretty well from nail to nail.
Mr. Kimett thought I did it on purpose – of course I did! 😉
I’m a little bummed that I have only this one flower shot to share today. Tracie really likes flowers too. But nature is even more fickle than nail polish.
|Black-eyed Susans are an August favorite of mine|
How about a this for a little fun for the day:
|Take a walk in the shade with me…|
And, last but not least, is my photo from the collage:
|Classic Tracie photo pose|
Well, here we are at the end of the post. Did you make it all the way – or did you leave me and go start your own dribble mani? LOL
I’m curious – what do you think of the dribble nail art style? I love the randomness and the abstract designs you can create with it. What colors do you think I should use next time?
Thanks so much to everyone who visits, stalks, shares, comments — it all keeps me going! I love this creative outlet even more because of you!!
Till Next Time (The 100th Time!!),