Today’s nail art post is a tribal nail art, part of the NPQ weekly challenge! I was going to try to do a free hand design, but quickly realized that my nails are too small to try an intricate design drawn by hand!
So I tried a new technique that was also a previous NPQ challenge and combined it with stamping.
- OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls – off white (base color, not shown)
- OPI Can’t find my Czechbook – blue (one of my all times favorite)
- OPI You are such a Budapest – light purple
- OPI Suzi has a Swede tooth – pink
- OPI Good Grief – yellow
- Essie Licorice – black (for stamping, not shown)
How I created the Tribal Nail Art
After the base coat was dry, I applied one layer of My boyfriends scales as my base color. I then applied glue around my nails to protect the skin from polish stains. And I need the protection for the smoosh attack marble method I used for the background.
I used Cheeky Happy Nails plate 10 and Licorice to stamp the tribal design. As you can see in the picture, I had a few wee bit problems with getting the image centered on the nails. The worse is my pointer finger. And to add insult to injury, I completely chipped off the upper left corner of the design on the pointer, before I could take pictures. Le sigh 🙁
As my final step, I removed the glue from my skin, cleaned up any polish left on cuticles, and applied a topcoat!
With the thumb being my biggest nail, it was the only finger where I was able to get the whole image transferred! I also like how the marble effect turned out on my thumb! Long story short, it is the best nail of the bunch. And so it deserves a little close-up
At first I thought this is a complete fail, because of the mess I made with the stamping! But it grew on me, and I will be doing another smoosh attack nail art in the future. It was fun and easy to do!
Until next time