I decided it was time for some "proper" nail art. I've done heaps of designs lately that are within my comfort zone, and it was time for a challenge! As I often do in these circumstances, I turned to Robin Moses. She has so many awesome tutorials and they're all so original and unique! I tried out her "Easter bunny in grass with hidden eggs" design, which I'll embed further down. It was the first time I've used acrylic paint on my nails properly, and this time I loved it!
It was a very messy process though! Check out my hand when I was finally finished with the acrylic paint!
I kept wiping the brush on my hand to try get the extra paint off :P.
Overall today's experience was much better than any other time I've tried using acrylics. Why? Because I thinned it down! I have heaps of paint anyway because I like to paint things other than my nails from time to time (crazy, I know) but I previously thought it was useless for this because it wasn't thin enough. I was planning to one day spend heaps of money on thinner acrylic paint, but it turns out you can just add water and it's fine! So stoked, I can see myself doing this heaps now.
The problem with nail polish is that it kind of pools, and can be rather badly behaved. Acrylic is much better, it allows you to get the fine lines (like the grass) I could never get with polish! Here's my little pallet after I was done. OH MY GOD I just realised that I can wash it! I won't waste as much plastic! That's another problem with nail polish, once it's on something it's not coming off! I have ruined bowels, jeans, mugs, duvets and probably much more over the last year...
Here's Robin's original design! Hers is much better than mine, but I'm okay with that :).
My rabbit's a lot different - I accidentally did something in the wrong order which meant I had to try squeeze the rabbit on a nail that already had two eggs on it. I tried to make it standing up instead.
Here's the tutorial! It's amazing to watch her paint!
Here's a bit of a close up...
Here's the right hand, it has a little egg basket instead of a rabbit :).
And that's it! It took ages - about two hours, but it'll get quicker each time I do it. Not that I'm planning to do it again until at least next Easter, haha. My nails are getting long, by the way! I even gardened for three hours today and they didn't get even slightly hurt! Yay for gloves and strong nails :).
I painted two of my friend's nails the other day - much simpler designs though! The first one is kind of eastery too, like an easter egg pattern. It's inspired by PackaPunchPolish's design.
And the second was just super girly. I love that pink! It's a Sally Hansen one... not sure of the exact name but if you're interested, just ask!
Hope you like my Easter nails and these two little designs! I'm keen to get more into complicated designs that challenge me now - let me know if you see something you think I should try!