Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Sports Theme!

Hi everyone!! The sports theme for NAIL opened up yesterday and although I don’t watch much sports on tv… I do like to play them sometimes.  Bowling has been a part of my life since I was a kid- so how about some bowling nails?  I had the idea in my head that painting bowling pins would look super cute.. so here’s my attempt!


You can see in the pic that I’m holding a skinny little bottle of Essence Tip Painter.  It has a super thin brush that’s supposed to be used for painting on french manicure tips.  Well lemme tell you, this thing came in so handy for painting the bowling pins!  I love how teeny tiny the brush is, so I actually cleaned it with acetone and used it again with black nail polish to make outlines around the pins.  I also used it to outline the bowling ball and then l painted inside of the ball with Orly Sweet Peacock.  I couldn’t decide what to do with my accent nail so I did a glitter sandwich!  I just piled on layer after layer of different glitter topcoats til it looked super glitzy.  Afterall, bowling is a glitzy and glamorous sport, no?  LOL, not quite.


FYI- my base color is Butter London Tea With the Queen which dried so slow!!  Is it just my bottle, or is this stuff really slow to dry?  I did one coat of Tea With the Queen on both hands last night, and then another coat today.  But the Butter London never seemed to dry on either hand.  And I’ll be honest, I didn’t paint bowling pins on my right hand, that hand only had the two coats of Butter London.  Even 2 hours after applying my second coat, it was tacky and I could scrape the polish right off with the tip of my fingernail.  I just sat here and scraped it all off.  Even my bowling nails on my left hand (which had seche vite on top) all scraped right off too.  I’m not sure what the deal is.  Do any of you experience this with Tea With the Queen or is my bottle defective or something?

If you’d like to do a sports-themed manicure for Nail Art Ideas Linkup you have til Sept 15th- here’s the link:

Also- voting for last week’s NAIL Genius is opened up!  The theme was BACK TO SCHOOL and everyone can cast up to three votes if you’d like.  Here’s the gallery of manis to vote on your fave NAIL Genius: BACK TO SCHOOL THEME- VOTE NOW!

#31DC2013- Metallic Nails

I’ve been participating in Chalkboard Nails’ 31 Day Challenge (31DC2013)… but so far I’ve only done every other day.  Normally I like to do a challenge full force and I try to do every single theme… but I’m also running Nail Art Ideas Linkup (NAIL) with Brijit’s Digits and Eeeek! Nail Polish! and tomorrow our SPORTS theme opens up.  So I hope you’ll all forgive me for only doing half of the 31 day challenge days.  😉  I don’t wanna over-do it and lose my spark!


Day 8 of the 31DC2013 is METALLIC and I’m wearing a Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polish called Gilt.  I guess it’s considered a metallic duochrome, but I don’t see too many flashes of color.  Sometimes it leans a little green or a little rose-gold, but mostly it’s just a bronzey gold shade.  I’m glad I got it on clearance for $2.00 because it dries so slow.  Even with seche vite it was still tacky and vulnerable to dings.  After my Lustre Shine was as dry as it would get, I started some nail art by painting a skinny black strip down each nail.  Then I built up the black at the top and bottom of my nails to form a curved shape.  It’s almost like a french mani on the bottom, a halfmoon on the top, with a line connecting them.  I dunno- it’s fun and futuristic looking!  I like to call it a ‘split mani’ and I sorta discovered it when I was working on my Missoni-inspired nails.  This is a design that’s relatively easy to do on both hands too Yippee!  I hope you like my quick n easy metallic split mani!  It sorta reminds me of an hourglass.  Maybe I could try one of those sometime. 🙂


View some of the other metallic manis by clicking this Inlinkz for #31DC2013:

Crayola Washable Kids Paint for Nail Art?

I usually do my nail art with nail polish…but I wanted to try out something different !  How about some Crayola Washable Kids Paint? The pack I have contains 18 awesome colors… so why not?  Just look at them all… aren’t they pretty?


Before I started my nail art I wanted to lay down some good base colors so we can see how the kids paint builds up over top of varying shades.  I painted two of my nails with a cream nail polish, two with a black polish, and red for my thumb.  crayola_washable_paintThen I put seche vite topcoat over all my nails since my quick-dry black polish was slow to dry. (The irony!)

After my base colors were down I tested out my kids paint.  I used a skinny detail brush.  The paint was kinda thick, but not overly opaque.  So if my brush had a big blob of paint on it and I tried to dab it off, then it would thin out and not appear opaque when applied to the nail.  Because of this, I had to slather on healthy amounts of kid paint when hand-painting my nail art.  This means it took a little while to dry.  The right two nails have leopard, the left two have roses, and my thumb has poker suits on it.

They were easy to work with, and the paint washes right off if you make a mistake.  But there was a big problem lurking.  Apparently water-based paints like Crayola don’t behave well under a topcoat!!  I covered my nail art with one coat of seche vite and it dried so weird!  The crayola-painted areas looked dull, bumpy and matte, and the rest of my nail looked normal and shiny.  Let’s check it out….


Also, one layer of Crayola wasn’t quite enough.  The cream-colored nails looked okay, but the black nails definitely needed a double layer of kids paint.  I painted the below roses just once, and after applying topcoat you can see just how translucent the design came out.  Also, lookit how the water-based paint seeped through the seche vite!  It looks so strange and bumpy. ↓


Before I applied topcoat to my thumb I decided to re-paint the designs so they had two layers of crayola paint.  2 layers was better as the designs look much more defined than on my black nails.  Also, they didn’t smudge when I applied topcoat.  But eww, the bumpiness! ↓


So there you have it!  Water-based paints do NOT work well for nail art!  I tried a second coat of seche vite, and that looks much better.  But still, that’s a hassle, and I probably won’t use these much for nail designs.  Maybe with a matte topcoat?  I don’t know.  I guess I will stick with nail polish or acrylic paints.  Too bad, because the 18 colors are so pretty and I love that the pots are connected so I won’t have a zillion paint tubes cluttering my space.  Does anyone know of any sets of acrylic paint that look convenient like this?  Or will I have to buy a zillion different bottles/tubes of acrylic paint?* each sold separately LOL

#31DC2013- Violet Nails


Day 6 of Chalkboard’s 31 day nail challenge is VIOLET and I came up with a bold purple petunia design using my new Essence colour & go polishes! The lighter base color (3 coats) is called Essence Oh My Glitter! and it’s such a pretty, pretty purple, I just love it!  It’s one of those purple shades that’s dusty, but also bright at the same time.  (does that make sense ?)

Moving on to the petunia motif…  I started by free-handing the petals with a detail brush and cheap black nail polish.   I almost always use this NYC brand of polish called Black Lace Creme for my black nail art.  This stuff was $0.98!  Also, it’s nice and smooth and it doesn’t get too goopy on my brush.  It’s just a great cheapo polish to have on hand!  Then I filled in the black outlines with Essence Break Through, a deep magenta-tinted purple.  The flowers came out big and bold but luckily they don’t outshine my gorgeous base color!  I like that my eye keeps catching the pink and purple micro-glitter that’s in there.  Here’s a close-up of Oh My Glitter! so you can see ….


Want to see more purple manicures?  Here’s the inlinkz for 31DC2013 violet theme…


#31DC2013- Green Nails


Here’s my GREEN mani for Chalkboard Nails 31 Day Challenge!  I painted my nails with two coats of Metallic Heels (gold) by Julie G and then hand-painted some green segments on the top and bottom of my nails.

The green theme for today was a great excuse to try my brand new mint polish from Five Below.  It’s a nice light green color called Honeydew by Fresh Paint.  I’ve been wanting a green like this forever.  Many of my greens are darker or have a tinge of blue and look sorta aqua…. so I think this green is a perfect addition to my stash!  Unfortunately, it’s not that great for nail art.  I applied it with a detail brush and it seemed to have a chalky formula.  It ended up looking goopy and brush-strokey.  Live and learn!  Next time I’ll use it as a base color instead of an accent color.  I made sure to really slather on the seche vite to help smooth it out.  🙂  But still, it’s pretty and I like the effect of the gold strip shining in between the green.  The two colors contrast and coordinate, all at the same time.


See some of the other green manis here:

 31DC2013: Day 4 Green Nails

And the winner is…..


Congrats to Jill S!  Jill was the lucky winner of my Flash Giveaway!   The package has already been mailed out at lunchtime today- so Jill won’t have to wait too long.  😀


If you’re bummed because you didn’t win….there’s still hope!  I have another giveaway planned…. The U.S. prize will be packed with holographic nail polish- and the International prize will have lotsa fun stuff including some Konad goodies!  So keep an eye out for the announcement within the next month.

A sincere thanks to all of you for reading and supporting my blog.  I love all the comments too- it’s so fun to meet all of you!

Jacqui aka Craftynail