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.

Hi Everyone!

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!

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White Base

 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. 

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Newspaper clippings and rubbing alcohol

 

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.

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Newspaper Covered Nails

 

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.

 

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Black Floral Design

 

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.  

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White Polish to add Depth

 

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!

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Floral Design with Teal Polish

 

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!

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Floral Newspaper Design with a Matte Topcoat

 

I want to send a big thank you to Lindsay for asking me to be a guest!  I hope you enjoyed this look!

Kim

 

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,

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