14 January 2013

Daisy Nail Art

Today I'm posting a first for me, flower nail art using acrylic paints! I've been looking forward to doing this since my poinsettia nails at Christmas, and I'm really excited about learning something new. I have a habit of trying to start too big, of wanting to run before I can walk and then giving up in frustration when it doesn't magically work, so this time I started relatively simply, with some big, cheerful daisies.

nail art flowers with acrylic paint

Starting with Skinfood BL003 as a base, I grabbed my new acrylic paints, mixed up the colours I wanted, and finally dove in. I did some pale grey petals first, which faded into the soft, teal background a little bit, but I think they really help the white of the daisies stand out. Then a little dotting of some orange and yellow to make the centers, and it was safe to breathe again. I know we're always our own toughest critics, so I'm all about seeing how much room I still have for improvement, but these were so much fun to do!

nail art daisies with acrylic paint

Of course I have to give a huge shout-out to Robin Moses. This isn't specifically one of her designs, but it's based on her tutorials. I watched a ton of her videos, trying to wrap my head around the techniques and basically getting my courage up. It was still all kinds of intimidating, trying something brand new, but her simple, clear instructions convinced me that I could do it. Thanks, Robin!

51 comments:

  1. They're so soft and pretty! Amazing! And the outline of the middle part really makes it special.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharra!! Definitely a Robin Moses bit, the centers. Her videos were a ginormous help in every step of this! :D

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  2. Oh my goodness, Elizabeth, these are so beautiful. Both of your floral manicures are probably my favourites of yours and you should seriously do them more often! I love the softness of the petals and the contrast between the cheery yellow centres and the blue background. These are seriously amazing, you should be so proud of them!!

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    1. You are so sweet, Brittney, thank you very much! I'm still really hard on myself when it comes to judging my work, but I was proud of how this first one turned out. I'll definitely be trying it again!

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  3. :O This is absolutely beautiful!!! :)

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  4. This is sooo pretty!!! :D Wonderful manicure Elizabeth!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ash!! I have miles and miles to go before I can even think about sitting in the same room as your freehand skills, but I'm having so much fun practicing!

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  5. this is so pretty Elizabeth!!!

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  6. That is one cute nail art, you did awesome! :)

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  7. This is absolutely stunning!!!! Fantastic job!

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  8. I love these! They are so light and beautiful!

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    1. I really do appreciate it--thank you very much!!

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Sarah! Thank you!! :o)

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  10. This turned out wonderful! You should definitely do more acrylic paint nail arts! (=

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    1. I hope to do some more pretty soon, Anna--thank you so very much!! :D

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  11. Really beautiful! the teal background makes it pop. loved your Christmas ones too.

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    1. Carolyn!! What a surprise--thank you very, very much! ♥

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  12. This is stunning, you should be really proud of yourself. Whenever I've tried to paint with acrylics in the past, I've ended up with a thick mess on my nails. I don't know how you managed to be so delicate with yours.

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    1. Laura, that's so nice! Thank you!! I thinned my acrylic paints with water. Like, a LOT. Actually had to go over the white petals 2x because I'd thinned it a little too much... >_<

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    1. Aw, I wish! But thank you so very much, Helena! =)

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  14. Elizabeth this looks amazing!!!! You did an awesome job!

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    1. Thank you, Marisa!! It was so nerve-wracking, which, I don't even know why, but it was so much fun! :P

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  15. This is marvelous Elizabeth, you have a hidden artist inside, set her free!!!
    This is so delicate and incredibly lovely!

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    1. That is so, so sweet of you, Maria! Thank you! I've always wanted to be able to paint, but I've never seemed to be able to pick it up. Determined to stick with this, though, and see if I can improve!

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  16. Skinfood BL003 is a perfect base colour for flowers! :-) Your daisies are so delicate and beautiful! :-) Continue drawing! :-)

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    1. Tanja, that's so kind of you--thank you very, very much!! ^_^

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  17. Wow, you did such a great job! Your flowers came out perfect! Your are a natural talent!!! Just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenni!! This just about taxed the limits of my painting skills, but I'm looking forward to getting some more practice soon. Really appreciate it! :D

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  18. I'm obsessed with these! Your brush work is amazing!

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  19. Holy cow, this is awesome!! I just love the detail! GORGEOUS base color!!! Well done!

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  20. awesome, so gentle and perfectly done, love it :D

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  21. These are so pretty and delicate! You did an awesome job!

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    1. That's really sweet of you, Kas--thanks so much!!

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  22. I luv luv luv your nails, daisy's are my fav flower..

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