If at first you don't succeed

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I watched a video on YouTube from CutePolish (actually I have watched a lot of her videos as she does amazing work.) and just had to try it out. The philosophy was simple. It looked simple. It looked amazing. And it didn't look like that on me.

The idea was to put the temporary tattoos on your nails. I tried. I pressed hard with a water-soaked paper towel. I tried with a water-soaked cotton ball. I am not sure where I went wrong. I tried it on a wheel and it came out amazing. All I can think is that I shouldn't have applied a top coat before I tried to apply the tattoo.

One stroke experiment - And that is supposed to be a flower.
Orly Snowcone and Zoya Creamy
The wonderful tattoos that were an epic failure


The idea I had was positively stunning. In my mind's eye anyway. I painted my nails with Orly Snowcone except for the ring fingers, which I painted with Zoya Creamy. Up to that point I was successful. Then I was going to try and apply the glittery Sun on one ring finger and the moon on the other ring finger. This is where it went wrong fast. The tattoos just would not stick. So then I reapplied Creamy to the ring finger again and tried with a butterfly tattoo. My nails were not having any part of those tattoos. 

So back to square one... I removed the Creamy from my ring finger and reapplied it... Yet again...

I wasn't about to let my color scheme go to waste so I pulled out my acrylic paints. Now when I bought these acrylic paints I had visions of grandeur. I quickly realized that when I tried the "one stroke" method it looked like a finger painting from a kindergarten class. I came to grips with the fact that I am not an artist. Even when I practiced I would think I was getting it... until I tried painting on my right hand. So the paints went into the closet with the rest of my brilliant ideas.

But tonight I was determined to do something beside stamping or scotch tape art. And I was rapidly losing patience. So trying another Fenton Egg inspired manicure was out of the question.

With little patience and even less artistic ability I dove right in before I lost my nerve.

The end result is something I like but is definitely abstract.

Have you tried the tattoos? What are your tips for success? How about the one stroke painting method?

3 comments

  1. I think the painting turned out great!

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    1. Thanks. I will keep trying the tattoo style though.

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  2. Awww, dang, those little tattoos are so cute, too!! BUT, I love the flower design you did! It's really pretty. I love the blue and the yellow. It kind of reminds me of some beautiful chintz fabric! "One Stroke" as in Donna Dewberry style?? I really like her techniques. I have done some, but I have to practice to make them look good, and I don't think I would try on my nails, so kudos to you. I think it looks amazing! Thanks for showing me "Cute Polish". She does have some great tutorials!

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