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Nail Art How To: Japanese Flower Vase Nails

Nail Art How To: Japanese Flower Vase Nails

08.15.13

By niwp_admin

Ever seen those huge white vases with dark blue “oriental” designs all over them? Chrissy August was inspired by these beautiful porcelain containers enough to create her own similar-patterned stunning nail art. See her trick for getting the gloss to look just like the pretty china!

  • Supplies needed

    1. Dark, Navy, or Porcelain China Blue Acrylic Paint
    2. Pure white nail polish
    3. Off-White Jelly nail polish (Chrissy recommends either China Glaze Moonlight or Essie Marshmallow)
    4. Matte Top coat
    5. Seche Vite Top Coat
    6. A small art paint brush (Chrissy used a trimmed down 000)
    7. Regular rubbing alcohol
    8. Pure acetone
    9. A small square head paint brush for clean up
    10. Paint palette such as a plastic lid

    Now you've got your supplies, see the technique for how it's done!

    SLIDE 1 OF 8
  • STEP 1

    Paint nail with two coats of pure white nail polish and let dry. 

    Paint nails with a white or off white jelly polish. (this will give the effect of china or porcelain finish) Let dry fully.

    Top with a coat of Matte top coat and let dry.

    SLIDE 2 OF 8
  • STEP 2

    Squirt your choice of blue acrylic paint onto your paint palette and add a few drops of water and mix. Make sure the consistency isn't too thick or too thin. Keep in mind when choosing your blue paint that the color will dry a darker shade than it is in the bottle. And think china plates when choosing.

    SLIDE 3 OF 8
  • STEP 3

    Dip paint brush into paint and wipe excess off. Start in the center of your nail and paint a counter clockwise spiral. Be sure that you leave enough space between the lines of the spiral for your future hashmarks. There has to be enough space left in the final design so that your hashmarks do not touch any part of a parallel line in the continuation of the spiral. If you make any mistakes along the way or if you're just not happy with something, simply wipe the dried paint off with rubbing alcohol. It completely removes dried acrylic paint like magic.

    SLIDE 4 OF 8
  • STEP 4

    When you've finished your first main spiral, you may have extra blank space on the nail. Don't worry about this, these sections will be filled in later. Your next step will be your hashmarks within your main spiral. Start at the very center of your spiral working outwards until you reach the end of the spiral. Make sure your little hashmarks do not touch the continuation of the spiral's main line. Also, try to keep your hashmark lines about the same length, spaced apart from each other about the same amount, and try and keep them at about the same angle for a symmetrical overall appearance. These have a slight tilt to imitate the vase's design.

    SLIDE 5 OF 8
  • STEP 5

    When you're done with your main spiral you might have extra space left over. If there's enough extra space you can and should make additional small spirals and finish those with hashmarks. If there's just a tiny bit of extra space, you can make some small lines following the fluidity of the overall design and add hashmarks to those. Filling in all the space is key.

    SLIDE 6 OF 8
  • STEP 6

    Top coat with Seche Vite making sure to give your tips an extra layer to help with wear and tear and to protect your finished design.

    SLIDE 7 OF 8
  • STEP 7

    Clean your edges of your manicure with your square head brush dipped in pure acetone for clean crisp lines.
    And.... DONE!!

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

    SLIDE 8 OF 8
  • Supplies needed

    1. Dark, Navy, or Porcelain China Blue Acrylic Paint
    2. Pure white nail polish
    3. Off-White Jelly nail polish (Chrissy recommends either China Glaze Moonlight or Essie Marshmallow)
    4. Matte Top coat
    5. Seche Vite Top Coat
    6. A small art paint brush (Chrissy used a trimmed down 000)
    7. Regular rubbing alcohol
    8. Pure acetone
    9. A small square head paint brush for clean up
    10. Paint palette such as a plastic lid

    Now you've got your supplies, see the technique for how it's done!

  • STEP 1

    Paint nail with two coats of pure white nail polish and let dry. 

    Paint nails with a white or off white jelly polish. (this will give the effect of china or porcelain finish) Let dry fully.

    Top with a coat of Matte top coat and let dry.

  • STEP 2

    Squirt your choice of blue acrylic paint onto your paint palette and add a few drops of water and mix. Make sure the consistency isn't too thick or too thin. Keep in mind when choosing your blue paint that the color will dry a darker shade than it is in the bottle. And think china plates when choosing.

  • STEP 3

    Dip paint brush into paint and wipe excess off. Start in the center of your nail and paint a counter clockwise spiral. Be sure that you leave enough space between the lines of the spiral for your future hashmarks. There has to be enough space left in the final design so that your hashmarks do not touch any part of a parallel line in the continuation of the spiral. If you make any mistakes along the way or if you're just not happy with something, simply wipe the dried paint off with rubbing alcohol. It completely removes dried acrylic paint like magic.

  • STEP 4

    When you've finished your first main spiral, you may have extra blank space on the nail. Don't worry about this, these sections will be filled in later. Your next step will be your hashmarks within your main spiral. Start at the very center of your spiral working outwards until you reach the end of the spiral. Make sure your little hashmarks do not touch the continuation of the spiral's main line. Also, try to keep your hashmark lines about the same length, spaced apart from each other about the same amount, and try and keep them at about the same angle for a symmetrical overall appearance. These have a slight tilt to imitate the vase's design.

  • STEP 5

    When you're done with your main spiral you might have extra space left over. If there's enough extra space you can and should make additional small spirals and finish those with hashmarks. If there's just a tiny bit of extra space, you can make some small lines following the fluidity of the overall design and add hashmarks to those. Filling in all the space is key.

  • STEP 6

    Top coat with Seche Vite making sure to give your tips an extra layer to help with wear and tear and to protect your finished design.

  • STEP 7

    Clean your edges of your manicure with your square head brush dipped in pure acetone for clean crisp lines.
    And.... DONE!!

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

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