06 April 2013

Butterfly Nail Art

I'd wanted to do some butterfly nail art for ages, and when I wore NOPI Mer-Maid For Each Other last month, I knew it was finally time to give it a try. I've also wanted to give Did My Nails a bit of a makeover for a while and spent I can't even begin to guess how long playing around with different ideas for it. Once I decided on butterflies for the design, though, I knew exactly what I was going to post first to go with the finished layout!

butterfly nail art

These butterfly nails would be relatively easy to do with a nail art striper, but I decided to go with acrylic paint, just because I find a paintbrush easier to work with, especially at different angles. The gorgeous teal duochrome of NOPI Mer-Maid For Each Other doesn't seem as prominent with the nail art covering it, but I'm really not fussed. For a first try, I was pretty happy with how these came out, and I'm already looking forward to doing these again, maybe skittled or with a brushstroke or blended pattern as the base.

butterfly nail art

I actually took some pictures along the way while I did these, and now that I finally have the layout up and finished, I can get to work on writing up a step-by-step tutorial...only maybe not tonight because tonight is already tomorrow morning. I'd forgotten just how many individual little things are are to tweak in these layout templates, and I think I have now officially taxed the limits of what I can achieve under the influence of caffeine.

Good morning and goodnight! ^_^

22 comments:

  1. The base color is perfect here!

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  2. This is cool! I really want to try something like this :)

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    1. Thank you very much! This was my first time, and it's really not hard if you go slow. I say go for it! :D

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  3. Stunning! The duochrome of Mer-Maid For Each Other really lends itself perfectly to a butterfly wing mani!

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  4. I love butterfly nail art! The duochrome of your under colour is perfect for this:)

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey! I'd had this in the back of my mind forever, but it was the duochrome that made me finally give it a shot. :)

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  5. A duochrome butterfly - great idea :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Maria! I know the design's been around for ages, but I love doing "older" stuff sometimes--it's still all new to me! =)

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  6. Wow Elizabeth!! This is absolutely stunning! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Yun! Thank you! ^_^

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  7. I really have to try this design out, it's so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I know you'd do a fabulous job--will look forward to maybe seeing them someday! :D

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  8. I like your butterflies and I like the base colour! :-) When I do butterflies, actually butterfly wings, first I apply the black background, then I draw the coloured parts (using nail polish or acrylic colours) and at the end I draw the dots or add some little pearls... :-)
    I think that butteflies look good and I like them! :-)

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    1. Ooh, what a neat idea--I've never thought of doing them that way! Thank you, Tanja! ^_^

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  9. This is fantastic and beautiful!

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  10. You kill me with your skills.

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    1. Amanda, that's so sweet of you to say. Thank you so very much!

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