Thursday, March 25, 2010

3D Acrylic Nail Art, Rose Tutorial

Trying something new.
I'm still having terrible problems with the camera. Soooo Blurry. I'll have to take it in I think, some things you just have to get a bit of help with and this is one of them. I'm admitting defeat.

I've decided to try to add video to the Blog. Thought it might help with future tutorials. Let me know what you think. I'll add some voice overs and written instruction to help make things clearer. Pictures are great but it helps to read what I did too I think.

I have also just realized that I stopped with the thing a week, week count. I think it's a good thing. I'll just post when I get an idea. It'll probably be more often than four times a month but it will also mean posts at irregular intervals.

So here is the first one.......

Here are the pictures. I'm hoping you can see the steps better by looking at them.

Wet your brush (I used a #6 round sable) with monomer (acrylic liquid) and pick up a small ball of white acrylic powder. Place the ball on your nail. Dry your brush a bit on some paper towel. Push the ball flat with the belly of your brush and then pull it into an oblong shape hollowing out the bottom edge. The outside edge of the petal should be thicker than the inside.

Add another small ball beside the previous petal. Make the same kind of shape overlapping one side of the first petal.

Make a third petal.

The fourth petal will be inside the previous three, with the center outside of this petal on top of an outside petal end. (The middle of the inner petals will hide the place where two outside petals meet.)

Add more petals until there is only enough room left for a little ball of acrylic in the flower center. Add a tiny ball of acrylic to the middle of the flower and with the tip of your brush push a hole in the ball. (Or add a rhinestone.)
Make leaves (one on each side) by placing a small ball of acrylic beside the flower and pulling a line through it with the tip of your brush. You can flatten out your brush and use it to clean up the leaf edges before they harden.

I wish I could get a clear shot of this for you. I added rhinestones and thin white twiggy lines with a nail art brush. I also coated the nail and rhinestones with two coats of insta dry clear polish.