Seeking the next nail art trend? Look no further than aquarelle. Also known as watercolor, the technique is borrowed from the world of fine art. Here, nail artist Sam Biddle shares her method for easy, breezy aquarelle nails.
The Artist’s Way: How to do Aquarelle, The Newest Nail Art Trend
Seeking the next nail art trend? Look no further than aquarelle. Also known as watercolor, the technique is borrowed from the world of fine art. “In this design, I’m using the traditional method of watercolor that you would typically find when painting on paper,” says international nail artist Sam Biddle. “It doesn’t require precision. In fact, the looser, the better.” Here, Biddle shares her method for easy, breezy aquarelle nails.
Prep the nail and apply two coats of white gel polish followed by a matte top coat; a matte finish is preferred as it makes for a better surface to apply the watercolor. If using regular top coat, buff the shine off the surface with a soft 250-grit buffer. (Note: There should not be any demarcation lines on the surface.) For the design, choose water-based paint colors, and mix together dark turquoise and acid green.
Dip a brush into clean water and apply it to the center of the nail.
Then, add a small amount of turquoise to the water on the nail. Let it sit for 10 seconds before adding the second color.
Add a small amount of green and allow the paint colors to mix. DO NOT overwork the colors with your brush. The water will evaporate, leaving a watercolor effect.
Repeat steps 3-4. Then, using a tissue wrapped around your finger, gently dab off any excess water and paint. (This will remove some of the second layer of paint, but will add additional texture.) Apply top coat to seal in the watercolor design, or continue to steps 6-8 to create a peacock feather.
To create a peacock feather, do not apply top coat. Using a size 00 brush, add fine lines to create detail. Use a light green paint color at the center and a darker shade as you move toward the edge of the design.
Next, paint a dark blue half moon at the center of the feather. Using a small amount of water on the tip of your brush, touch the edge of the half moon to blend the paint color.
Then, add a gold teardrop shape to the center of the design.
To finish, apply a matte top coat.
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