Today is our third Canadian artist featured by Nail That Accent and I’m so excited for you to ‘meet’ her and see her work. I first discovered Kim when I was trawling through social media looking for innovative artists and I was immediately captivated by her unique designs which have a sophisticated Japanese-esque floral element to them. I then spotted Kim again when she won a fall nailart competition on Instagram with this stunning design. After checking Kim’s artwork out, I noticed she used a lot of Joe Fresh polishes. It was then that I contacted her directly and realised she was a fellow Canadian. Perfect, it was clearly meant to be that she appear as a Tuesday international nail artist a for nailthataccent.com.
Over to you Kim.
This is Kim a nail artist from Instagram, username kimiko7878. I was so excited when Lindsay asked me to do a guest post for her blog! She had asked for a theme, or a favourite brand or technique, I chose to do a newspaper floral design, a technique that I really enjoy doing!
I first started with a white canvas. I used “Spirit” from Revlon. I love this white polish for a few reasons, it is opaque in 2 coats and dries super quickly, it also has a really nice formula and doesn’t tend to streak like a lot of white polishes do!
I get a lot of questions on how I get my newspaper to transfer for this newspaper nail art look. I use new newspaper, the ink is fresher and will transfer the best. I also use Rubbing Alcohol (I actually have never tried using regular clear alcohol because this way has always worked well for me). I cut my paper before hand so it’s ready to go, then pour some Rubbing Alcohol in a shallow dish.
I then place the paper in the Rubbing Alcohol, fully submerging it, then pull it out and let the air hit it for about 10 seconds before I press it onto the nail. I press it firmly on the nail being careful not to smudge it. This may take some practice but it’s worth it, it took me a long time to get a good transfer to happen when I first started trying this technique.
Next I take a black acrylic paint and a striping brush and add stems and leaves, trying to keep them more towards the bottom of the nail to try and not cover up all of the newspaper print.
Then taking a teal colour and a small round brush I used a teal acrylic paint and started to add the flowers. I find the best way to make flowers look more realistic is to make sure that you add depth to them. Adding white to the first teal colour, I then went back through the design and added highlights to the petals and then went through with an even lighter shade of teal and touched in a little more.
I then add topcoat and then it’s done
The great thing about topcoat on a floral design is how it blends the colours together!
In this last picture I used “Matte Me Crazy” to show how it looks when matted. Sometimes the matte with really make the newspaper pop!
I want to send a big thank you to Lindsay for asking me to be a guest! I hope you enjoyed this look!
Thanks Kim – love your work. You inspire me and I cannot wait to try this newspaper nail art design out!
You can find Kim on Instagram
Until next time,