Just so you know, I am a Visual Artist under Special Program for the Arts during my high school days. For 4 years, I was taught with everything about art – drawing, designing, painting, sculpture, different kinds of art media, different styles of painting, blah blah blah… But I admit I am not on the top list of hands-on exercises, my classmates were very good at it.
After college, I discovered that I am not only good at using colors on canvas papers but also on NAILS! hahaha…Every Fridays, I wear colors on my nails at work. This is one thing my workmates are anticipating – “what design for now, huh?!” Even if I’m already a mom or was pregnant at those times or already had 1 baby, they were amazed at how I still managed to do nail art. Well, it’s called time management. But you know, if there is something that I want to do, I make sure there’s no one stopping me. Perseverance, that is!
Here are some of my simple nail arts:
simple blue in sparkles
my nail last February 14, 2012
I called this “ikebana” (Japanese flower arrangement) because it seems the colors are of that Japanese kimono
smiling toe nails
my pillowcases at this time were Spongebob’s
I have no nail art tools. Doing nail art would have been easier if I have them. But when I tried to purchase it online, I was stopped by my conscience – a mom. Lol! There are more things that are important than my hobby. So, what I did was I made my own tools out of the things that are just available around the house:
- For intricate line work, build yourself a needlepoint tip. Stick a sewing needle into the end of any pencil with an eraser end.
- Toothpicks. Be sure to purchase picks with flattened bases for an extra shape to play with!
- Plastic straws are convenient for painting a thin, ringed outline onto our nail surfaces.
- Use an old eyeliner brush for detailed brush strokes.
- Old paint brush can also be used for making nail stripes. Just trim some of its hair until you get a thin brush.
- Tip of a bobby pin or hair pin for making dots.
- To create a smudging effect on nails, use the side of a make up sponge.
- Cotton swab or cotton buds.
- Eye shadow applicator.
- Place scotch tape across nail to create a perfect French tip design.
- Lip brushes.
Do it yourself. Instead of having these expensive sets:
nail dotting tools
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