Lately, I've been trying out different nail art techniques. Although I would say I'm a big crafter and DIY-er and that I generally have an eye for balance and aesthetics, I really lack that innate creativity that makes someone "artistic". So I really struggle doing my nail art from time to time. I don't need to do fancy characters, pictures, words, or anything crazy elaborate. I just want to successfully pull off some simple patterns. Usually, I'm drawn to the simpler manis with polka dots, patterns, geometric shapes, etc. anyways. I think part of this journey is finding my niche, so to speak, and the tools that I'm comfortable using.
K and I have invested in different tools to expand our capabilities. We'll end up doing a full post about how we feel about konading eventually. But, just to mention it: we have not had the best of luck. We had such high hopes and expectations for this method, but I dunno, we are just not good at it. K and I have plans to return to this method and give it a second go.
Then, we got our dotting tools. We both really love these things. They can do more than simple dots, and I definitely haven't utilized these nearly enough. I do not regret spending the quiche on these tools. My only issue with these is they aren't quite the multi-tasker as I was hoping. Once I got these, I figured for the type of designs I like to do that I wouldn't really need anything else. I was wrong. I was inspired by this tutorial on Refinery29 to really give my dotting tools a go for something a little more advanced. They failed miserably! Seriously, not good. I kept removing and repainting my base color to retry the design.
Then I had an idea to snag a little art brush out of my craft stuff and give that a try. Success! I've seen other nail bloggers' awesome designs done with fine brushes. But I was reluctant to add another tool to my collection when I wasn't sold on actually needing it. Well, it turns out I can totally use a fine brush for what I want to do.
This pattern look is so up my alley! I really liked the black and copper combo they have in the tutorial, but I gave this a try with Butter London Tea with the Queen and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. Tea with the Queen is a really classic and sweet pinky-nude color. Now that I'm finally starting to get a feel for Spring, I'm really happy to be giving these nudes a try. I actually wasn't originally planning to even do anything to my nails when I painted this because it just looks so nice. But, I guess I was bored, feeling adventurous, and it was a Saturday afternoon with nothing better to do (not like I have a house, with chores, and remodeling/decorating projects that need done or anything, seriously I have rooms that aren't set up and such a mess still with stuff in boxes from moving in months ago SHAMEFUL, I know...but polish is so addicting!).
So after the success of the brush, I had to run right out to the craft store and buy these two uber fine brushes that'll work for nail art. I hate to have more stuff than I need, and I was trying to keep my tools to a minimum. Oh well, now I've got options! I definitely won't be giving up the dotting tools, because I think they have their place. Only time and practice will tell the destiny of the konad set though.
Has anyone tried out any new tools yet?