Unfortunately I had been busy for the whole of today so I didn't manage to get more swatches done. Instead, I've decided to share this nail art that I did for a nail art contest held by Kaitlin (@kaitlinferland) on Instagram:
|Please ignore the tag I'm holding. It's one of the contest requirements. :)|
Here's the picture that inspired this mani:
This is also my first attempt at nail art using water-based acrylic paint*!
Other than the base color (OPI My Very First Knockwurst), all other details were painted using this set of acrylic paints:
|A picture from kkcenterhk.com because my box is a little squashed.|
One huge advantage of acrylic paint is that it maintains the same smooth consistency for quite a while. I like to blob a drop of color on a piece of cardboard paper and work with that when I do nail art. However, polishes tend to dry up rather quickly so I find myself adding a drop of thinner now and then just to keep the polish at the right consistency for painting. As you can imagine, it gets really tedious after a while. :f Acrylic paints maintain the same workable consistency for quite a long while so that is a huge plus for me. Using acrylic paints also means that I no longer have to deal with gloopy or stringy polishes that makes painting minute details next to impossible!
Having said that, acrylic paints dries really quickly once they are painted on the nails so you don't have to wait very long to add more details or the top coat. I didn't do a tutorial for these nails but you can see how acrylic paints can be used at Polish Art Addiction. She does some amazing nail art using acrylic paints and even posts step-by-step pictorials for some of them.
I also prefer using water-based acrylic paint because I can easily wipe it off any mistake with a wet piece of tissue or cloth without having to repaint the entire nail
So, if you are into doing detailed nail art, I'll definitely recommend acrylic paint!
I like the consistency of these Oumaxi-s - they are easy to blend and paint. They are also well-pigmented so I didn't have to go over the same spot twice to ensure coverage.
You can find them here at KKCenterHK. (You can use the code 'ThePolishWell' for a 10% discount. Valid until 31st Jan 2013!)
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