This is my second attempt at the "watercolor" prompt for the Nail Crazies Unite group on Facebook. At first, I tried to use the acetone-and-nail polish trick to do some watercolor painting on my nails. It ended in failure, but I had an idea that I wanted to try out combining stamping and water decals.
I also had some really cute watercolor style decals that I wanted to try out.
This post kind of is an echo of a post I did a while ago, where I combined stamping with some hand-made decal sheets for a geometric galaxy look. I wanted to try it again, but with an improved method and with water decals.
I started off with a white base for my middle nails, and painted my pointer/pinky with the lovely Sinful Colors "Tealing Power" from the Stoned Crystal Shimmer collection that was released this spring.
Next I pulled out my favorite MoYou London plate, from the "Holy Shapes" collection. I stamped the triangle design twice- once onto my silicone mat, and once onto the water decal. (I removed the protective plastic sheet from the water decal prior to stamping on it.) Then, I put topcoat over the stamping I did on my mat. While that was drying, I cut out the little triangle shape left inside the stamping that I did on the water decal. That left the perfect sized triangle to fit inside the lines. I soaked the little triangle decal in water, then placed it over my stamped and top coated image that was on my mat. After adding a little green to the design, my decal was ready to put on my ring finger.
Originally I was going to do a slightly different decal/geometric stamping design on my middle finger, but I screwed it up when placing it on my nail so I ended up going the easier route and putting a full water decal on that nail. I figured you'd also get more of the "watercolor" look that way, and maybe it would fit the challenge better.
I hope you enjoyed this slightly different take on water decals! Be sure to check out the link-up below for some more watercolor nail art looks!