Thursday, 28 February 2013

Paisley print tutorial

Hey everyone, today I'm going to show you a tutorial for my paisley print nails! All you'll need is a base colour (or more than one if you wish), a gel pen and a top coat. Everything else will be after the jump to avoid photo spamming you guys


Many of you have asked me which pen I use for my gel pen designs, I use this one, and here's a picture of the nib if you would like to try find a similar one:


To start of with, paint your nails your chosen colour (or colours if you're indecisive like me). The colours I used for this were:
Essie - Bikini So Teeny
OPI - Gargantuan Green Grape
Barry M - Strawberry
Barry M - Turquoise 
Rimmel - Lemon Drop


Next, draw teardrop shapes using the gel pen on all of your nails, spacing them out as best you can (I probably could have done with spacing them out a bit better!)


Once that's done, outline the tear drops with a lacey pattern. Remember not to push down too hard, just lightly 'brush' the pen over the nail and try to avoid splodging it. 


Then, draw mini tear drops inside the bigger ones


You can leave it like that if you want, but I like to add dots inside the tear drops and also in any available gaps. 


Once that is dry, try to wait as long as possible, add a top coat to seal in your design (otherwise it will wash off!), I used Seche Vite, and you're done!


I hope you like this design, it's definitely one you can try if you're starting off with nail art, I know it may look complicated but I promise it isnt, and it's something that you dont need fancy tools for, and a pen isn't as hard as a brush to control.

I've decided to enter this tutorial into Money Supermarket's 'Money Smart Nail Art' competition, because it seems to fit quite well into the theme of using 'household items'. 

Let me know what you think in the comments!
Alice





27 comments:

  1. Love love love! I'm totally going to have to try this once I find some gel pens.

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  2. This is awesome! I never thought to try a gel pen for designs like this! Beautiful!! =)

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  3. i love this! i even like the colors plain, so cute and perfect for Easter! :)

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  4. This is awesome........but umm are you ambidextrous.

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  5. I LOVE paisley, and will definitely try this out! :D

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  6. I love this!! Thank you for sharing. No idea how I will do both hands but will certainly give it a shot ;)

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  7. I'm very curious as to how come it does go on the nail polish so nicely and just doesn't slip off. awesome :D

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  8. Girl you better win that comp!!!Best design ever I'm going out to buy a gel pen tomorrow!!!!!

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  9. I adore these! Pastels and paisleys?! Cutest ever!! I'm not into nail art but I think I could this. I just love this combination!

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  10. Great tutorial!!! Paisley is simpler than I thought, I will definitely be giving this a try. Your paisley prints are so lovely!! :)

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  11. What an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing :D

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  12. This looks really great! Now I need a gel pen :))

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  13. What a great design! It's really gorgeous!

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  14. This is awesome!! My business name is Painted Paisley Nails so this is perfect, thanks for showing.

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  15. You make a great design look so easy!

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  16. These are so great! I don't know why I've never thought to use gel pens...so smart :)

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  17. is that the gel pen from Muji? I shall give it a shot soon (:

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  18. I loved it! I thought that it was harder to do than it really is. Thks. ;)

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  19. I haven't used gel pens since Primary School (used to love the scented ones!) and I just bought some to use on my nails after seeing your blog! I love all of your manicures and hope to be as good as you one day :)

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  20. Wow! Didnt know the gel pen wouldnt smear! Awesome design!

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  21. Well I sincerely enjoyed studying it. This subject offered by you is very effective for good planning, hard work and a great team always make a spotless work...
    Printed Pens

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  22. love it!!!! will deffinatly try

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  23. wow these are beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial

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