I’m back from a great vacation in St. Maarten with a book full of new ideas for the blog (it’s amazing how the creativity flows when you’re lying in the sun). To counteract the usual let down of coming home from a holiday, I am so lucky to come home to some really exciting nailmail packages of polishes and nail art supplies to try. The only trick now is to find the time to share it with you all so stay tuned (p.s. if you’re interested I try to keep my Instagram up-to-date with the nailmail that I receive)!
Today I have an incredibly talented and lovely Swedish nail artist and blogger to introduce you to, Bella from SEIZETHENAIL.COM. Her designs are always edgy and innovative and she’s not scared to try pink hair or stiletto nails – this girl breathes a coolness factor that I envy! Having worked for a Swedish Company for some years, I have a special place in my heart for Swedes, and Bella exemplifies all the wonderful attributes of what I would call a typical Swede (insert own personal bias here) – easy going, funny and most of all just awesome!
I am Bella, also known as Seizethenail! I’m 27 years old and I live in the cold country in the north that looks a little bit like a banana – Sweden. Sweden has advantages and disadvantages. We have horribly long and lingering winters, but exceptionally beautiful and rich summers. We have to suffer from gazillions of gnats (flying insects) while, at the same time enjoying the astonishing view of the northern lights. We have high taxes, but free medical care, free education, university is even free – it’s better than free – I actually get paid to study! So I’m spending my days studying at the university, hoping to become something someday. Right now I’m study music production – maybe someday I will become a super famous and rich record producer! That is my dream! It’s distance learning online so I spend my days studying music and painting my nails simultaneously! How’s that for a living?
I am honored to be here today and share with you a technique I just started to experiment with – Watercolor nail art! Below I’ll take you through the steps required to created your own watercolor nail art.
You will need a soft shade nail polish – or any another polish of your choice – I used OPI “Don’t Touch My Tutu!” as a base color for this design. The watercolors are runny like water and if your nails are glossy the paint will just run off your nail. To make the watery paint stay put on your nail you can paint your nails with matte top coat. I used Essie “Matte About You”. Then you will need acrylic paint and water! I used three colors of acrylic paint – fuchsia, yellow and orange. I added water to the paint until it was just tinted and as runny as water. I started with the fuchsia color. I used drops of color and painted some petals. I let the paint set for a few seconds then I used a dry brush to soak up the excess paint. Then I did the same thing with the yellow color, and the orange color.
Watch the video below and see how I water down the paint, how I paint on my nails and how I remove the excess paint with a dry brush! It’s all about letting the dry brush absorb the liquid. Do not dab with the dry brush, just barely touch the watery paint and the brush will do the job! This way you get the watercolor/aquarelle painting effect. When you are using watercolor on an aquarelle watercolor paper the paper will soak up the water. Obviously our nails don’t do that, so we need that brush!
I used watered down white acrylic paint to outline the flowers and add some white details in a doodle-y way. I dabbed on two sorts of gold glitter – a fine gold glitter, FACE Stockholm “no. 50” and gold glitter flakes, L’Oréal “Gold Leaf”. I topped the water color nail art design with fast drying top coat.
This is how the design looks when it’s glossy! You may even prefer it this way! It looks great, but to achieve the true watercolor look you will need to mattefy it! Oil paintings are glossy but watercolor/aquarelle paintings are matte. Always remember to use your regular top coat to seal your manicure before applying the matte top coat. The matte top coat’s main task is not to be a long lasting protection, it’s just an effect polish.
Here are the polishes I used, from left: OPI – Don’t Touch My Tutu!, L’Oréal Gold Leaf, FACE Stockholm no 50.
Here’s the final result! The matte finish makes it look more like a painting and I also like the soft look of the matte gold glitter. Thank you so much for reading and I hope that this was inspiring! And thank you Lindsay! I’m honored to be a part of your blog!
Bella, this watercolor nail art look is absolutely stunning. I’m so in love with this design and cannot wait to try it! I had no idea that matte top coat was just an effect top coat and that you should still seal your design with regular topcoat first. Thanks for the tip.
You can find the gorgeous and talented Bella here:
Until next time,