Saturday, 30 July 2011

Nail Fun - Splatter 1

Nail Fun

Nail Fun is all about having fun with your nails.  Layering it, splattering it, making pretty patterns with it … it’s the most fun you can have on your own with a child in the house !!  J 


So, I have been very intrigued by splatter manis, and have read lots of different tutorials.  There are a few ways to do it ….

For the first 3 you will need … newspaper (cos you’re gonna make a mess), and a straw.  I used a normal drinking straw which I cut to a shorter length.  Other tutorials have recommended even thinner straws, but I’m struggling to find them in my local Tescos!

You ARE going to make a mess, so you either need to be prepared to use a cotton bud and nail varnish remover to tidy up your nails OR, you can surround your nail with Sellotape, and then pull this off afterwards.

All of these 3 splatters have been done on top of 1 coat of OPI Skull & Glossbones – remember, you are trying to create drama, so you want a bottom coat that contrasts with the colours you are going to use.

Splatter 1 has been done with 2 ESSIE colours – Soiree Mauve and Smokin’ Hot.  I put a big blob of nail varnish on a scrap piece of paper, dunked the end of the straw in, and blew, quite close to the nail (when I tried blowing from further away, it went everywhere BUT the nail lol).    I quite like how this one looks, especially the overlap of the colours.

Splatter 2 was done differently.  This time I used the nail varnish brush to put the varnish INSIDE the straw – what can I say, I’m very impatient, and it took a LOT of blowing to do Splatter 1!  You can see straight away that this has a much more dramatic effect and plops much more colour on the nail.  If I could have been arsed, it might have been nice to use a different pink on top in the slower method.  I think using the 2 styles has promise.  I used OPI’s I’d Like To Thank for this one – it’s a metallic, and there’s a fabulous contrast where some bits went on thick, and others went on much lighter.

The 3rd one is my favourite.  It’s just so dramatic and it LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER!  A gerbera to be precise, which is my fave flower of all.  This was done using PARIS by Nails Inc.  Again, I shoved this one INSIDE the straw, and because it’s thinner than the OPI, it flew onto the nail with spectacular effect.  I will definitely be doing this one soon for real.

Finally, I thought I’d show you another way to splatter.  This technique was in Kayla Shevonne’s blog post.  For this one, you drop a blob of colour on the nail and then use a dotting tool to spread the blob into a splatter pattern.  This can be tricky, as the spreading can go a bit streaky.  If you haven’t got a dotting tool you can use a pencil or a blunted cocktail stick.  You then use your tool to add another few dots.  You’re supposed to use at least 3 or 4 colours for this, but I think I did my blob too big!  Also, I have no idea how you’d do this to the nails on your right hand – could go very wrong !!

 I'm off to have more fun .......

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