Inspired by my daughters new playroom and the process of painting it I've decided to do a tutorial on splatter nail art using straws. I've seen this on many blogs but this is the first time I've done it myself. So, let's get started, shall we?
Accent color(s) for splattering
Clean up supplies (i.e. remover, cotton balls, q-tips, etc.)
Paper towels (recommended)
Scotch tape (optional)
|Nabi Brand Polish: 8 White and 9 Black|
I started as always with applying my base coat. I then applied two coats of my base color. For this design I decided to use white on three of my fingers and I used black on my thumb and ring finger as an accent. As you can see I do not have a steady hand (it doesn't help that I drank two cups of coffee before I started this) and I hit the cuticle in more then one place. I am hoping with practice I'll be able to at least paint my nails like a pro but for the time being I'll go back with a q-tip, and some acetone, and clean up around the cuticle.
|What a mess!|
|Be careful not to lay the tape on your polish.|
|Awwww! Come on, not again!|
For my splatters I'm using four colors from my Nabi collection that are very similar to the colors used in my daughters playroom.
|Nabi Brand Polishes: 88 Covalt Blue, 194 Lime Light, 65 Lavender, and 92 Fruit Green|
|Itsy bitsy straws, too small.|
Anyways, I cleaned off the applicator brush as best I could by scrapping of the excess polish on the mouth of the bottle like one normally would (to keep from making even more of a mess) and set it aside. These Nabi polishes have a fat applicator handle so it was easy to just set it upside down out of the way. I then placed one end of the straw in the polish bottle, just enough to get some polish on it. Then placing the clean end of the straw in my mouth I aimed the polish end of the straw at my nail and blew. Seems really easy right?
This is what I discovered:
- If I got too much polish in the straw it just made a big blob and not really a splatter.
- Also, repeatedly dipping the straw into the polish will build up a layer of polish on the outside of the straw and create a problem with polish getting into the straw. I recommend wiping the end of the straw off occasionally to keep this from happening.
|Poor pic, but the polish is building up|
and getting to thick on the end of the
Uh oh, the little one is starting to wake up from her nap. I'm going to finish up my left hand with a quick drying top coat and some drying drops to speed up the process. I'm going to take a brief intermission and I'll be back to show you the fix for my right hand and the finished result with the complete splatter.
|Swab in one direction, in this case|
I swabbed down toward the tip.
|Little touch up|
|Right Hand (Sorry the lighting is crumby, its no longer daylight out.)|
Here is the finished manicure.
|Please ignore the horrifying cuticles.|
- This is a unique type of nail art, no two splatters are the same.
- More time consuming then I expected.
- Funky, fun nail art. Good for casual wear but not very glamorous.
- Incredibly messy project, not a good project for a neat freak.
- The straw technique has limited control, not good for a control freak.
- Perfect project for a newbie nail artist. Its easy to cover up mistakes and you don't have to worry about any little details.
|Even with papertowels down I managed|
to get polish all over my counter.
|The messy aftermath. Thats why I |
recommend the papertowels.