Sunday, November 11, 2012

Oh Splat!

I was browsing my BlogLovin feed last night looking for some nail art ideas. This of course led to about of hour of reading blogs. Then I came across a post by Victoria from the blog Manicurator! It was simple, fun and easy nail splatter design. 

Normally, I don't do splatter nails. They can be very messy, and for me are kind of hit and miss. You dip a straw in your polish and blow it onto your nails. This can be very "gloppy" and goopy. So I was super excited to give Victoria's version a try.

She used a spray bottle! Genius! It was easy to do, and the effect is beautiful! Here's what you need:

  • Small EMPTY Spray Bottle
  • 2 Nail Polishes
  • Nail Polish Thinner
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail Polish Remover
So here's what I did. I painted my nails with 2 coats of OPI's (My Very First Knockwurst). Once my base color was dry it was time to mix my nail polish spray. 

For the spray I decided to use a cheap nail polish. I don't know the name of it though, it was from the Dollar Tree. I used a cheap one so I wouldn't waste any of my good polishes. I added a small amout of polish to the clean, empty spray bottle. I didn't measure it, but if I had to guess I'd say it was about 1/2 a teaspoon.

Then I added a few drops of polish thinner. I kept adding thinner until the polish was a more liquid consistency. You have to play around with the ratio until you get the effect you want. I would add a few drops, shake the bottle and then do a test spray onto a piece of paper. Once I got the spray pattern the way I wanted it was time to do it on my nails!

Using the tape, tape around your nails to help minimize clean-up. Cover your work are with paper towels. Now hold the spray bottle about 6 inches above your nails (I did my 4 fingers first and then the thumb separately) and gently spray. You may need more than one spritz depending on how you want it to look. Once you have it how you like, remove the tape and let it dry completely before doing the other hand.

After both hands are done, use your q-tip and polish remover to clean up the polish on your fingers and hand. Top coat and your done! Here's how mine turned out...
I love the random pattern with the bigger splats mixed with the small ones!
The topcoat I used had tiny pastel glitters in it, but it looks just as good with plain old clear! Next time I might try a high gloss base color and a matte spray or the other way around!

I hope you try it! If you do, let me know how it turns out!!



Victoria - manicurator said...

OH I love it!!! Looks great and thank you so much for the shout :))

Melissa Hussell said...

Thank you for having such a great idea!! I love the way it turned out! Thanks also for taking time to comment!! I <3 your blog!!