For you I have a captivating post today, showing off my latest play with fluid art on nails. I’m pretty sure this style of nail art could be done in every color combination and still NOT be boring! Winter is around the corner — I’m thinking blues, whites, maybe a little purple…
Oh geez. Seems appropriate that I should finish talking about this one first though, huh. Us nail art junkies; we’re always thinking up new nail design ideas. Always. Yes, even when our dearest family member is discussing that very important thing. Uh…what was it again? LOL
Now that I’m wearing these marble magic nails, I can’t decide what the colors and patterns remind me of exactly. Sometimes they look a bit like a picture from space, like the surface of a planet or star. Other times, I think they remind me of some rock formation. What do you see?
Despite the fun time spent blobbing, tilting, dripping, and squishing these polishes into a mesmerizing pattern, this nail art session was more than challenging. That’s code for “one of those days” where everything that could go wrong did. Okay, I guess it’s fair to say, almost everything since you’ve got pictures in front of you. Yes, it could have been worse. I didn’t get any polish in my ears…but just about everywhere else!
We can all relate to having bad nail art days. I tend to throw in the towel before finishing whenever it happens to me, but I’m super proud I pushed through today. Oh man, was I clumsy, awkward, and less than…well everything. But, let’s not focus on the yucky stuff and just celebrate that by not giving up, there are some pretty nails for gawking. Yes? Phew.
Just like my first fluid nails, I used a special effect polish which creates the cells in the pattern that mimics the style of fluid art done with paint on canvas. This time around the brand is Dance Legend from Russia. Shout out for international polish stockists! Anyways…I think this company might have been the first one to put out this kind of polish. They call their line, Spot It, and it comes in several colors. Today I used the white.
A Bit of An Experiment
Unlike last time where I created the magic directly on my nails, today I made decals. But I didn’t use a mat.
Instead, I put into service a household silicone product, specifically muffin cups.
Before you ask, I don’t plan on baking muffins in them now that I’ve used them with nail polish. Although, theoretically one could put them back into the kitchen since the polish only touched the underside (shown below). Just kidding!
A bit of trivia: These were castoffs from someone else who loves donating things for me to incorporate in the Kolor Korner. An idea that came about before silicone mats were readily available for nail art purposes. I think the current term is repurposing. Yeah. I’m cool. Uh huh.
Fluid Art Colors
Dance Legend – Spot It (White)
- Special Brownies (Chocolate Brown)
- Shittin’ Bricks (Brick Red)
- Smashin Punkins (Dark Orange)
- Baby Shit (Mustard Yellow)
- UNT Ready for Takeoff (Peel Off Basecoat)
- Gel – Dance Legend Base Plus (Nude Cool)
- Pretty Serious Aqua Coat (Glossy Topcoat)
- Fab Ur Nails Angular Kolinsky (Clean-Up Brush)
- Silicone muffin baking cups
Wait – How Did You Do That?
To get this fun pattern, I applied random blobs/drops of each polish (5 in total) on the flat underside of the muffin cup. Immediately, I tilted it around as done with the drip marble technique. Once happy, I then folded and unfolded the surface. It’s a lot like smooshing, and the tension “activates” the Spot It polish. At this point, I just set the muffin cup down and let the cells appear. Viola!
TIP: Make extras. Not all attempts will be successful. 😉
There were upsides to using the muffin cups rather than a sheet of plastic (the usual method). One was that they were easy to hold and set down as I went along. But, overall I think it was a lot messier during the folding step. Anything is worth a try though!
Forgetting to account for the dry air this time of year, I left the decals out too long, and they weren’t very pliable. Read – they were fragile and kept cracking. But, I decided I liked the patterns too much to scrap them and did the best I could with them. I even went so far as to use a gel basecoat (with the sticky layer) hoping it would help me stick them onto my curvey nails. It worked. Somewhat. And at arm’s length, the flaws aren’t noticeable. Yay!
Up Next: General Chatter and Musings
I L-O-V-E the formulas of these INTOP cremes. They are super creamy, dense and pigmented. I had to work a little harder to blend them with the Spot It polish, but it was so worth it.
If I don’t say so myself, I was pretty tickled that each nail ended up so different. But the various patterns all came together pretty cohesively as a mani, no?
As much as I enjoy a structured nail art design, these abstract marble mash-ups are right up my polish filled alley. I’d really like to hear what you have to say about them though. Don’t be shy. Short or long comments, they’re all appreciated!!
Okay. That’s it. Because….
for those of us in the US, it is a holiday. Sadly, Thanksgiving isn’t centered around getting manicures and creating nail art…but it does feature the next best thing. Lots and lots of homemade food!! Hoping everyone has a heartwarming and fulfilling day. Double helpings of pumpkin pie for all! Oh, and if you drew the short straw – don’t forget to wear gloves while doing dishes. Keep those nails and cuticles protected. 😉
Also, in light of the occasion, I’m not super weird or mushy when I mention how immensely grateful I am that you are here to share good times, as well as the frustrating times, with this fun hobby. Seriously, I would be left talking to myself. Too much so. Thank You for keeping me company!!
Till Next Time,