Thursday, May 8, 2014

Watercolor Spring Floral: Poppies & Cosmos

Lately I've seen some really beautiful manis done by watering down polish with acetone or thinner to create sheer washes of color and floral nail designs, like these amazing watercolor roses by Chalkboard Nails. And with Spring blooming all around here, I just had to try it myself!

I've had a certain color palette that I've wanted to do some kind of nail art with for a while now, and when I found this beautiful floral clip art by Angie Makes I knew exactly what I wanted to do! First I painted Orly Flawless Flush, a heavenly lavender-pink with subtle gold shimmer, as my base. After letting that thoroughly dry, I placed drops of fuchsia, coral, and violet on a small plastic plate and added small amounts of thinner and acetone until it was semi-sheer, and brushed it on my nails into loosely-formed flowery shapes. Adding layers of sheer color gave the flowers depth and dimension, and the look of a watercolor painting. Overall, I'm really pleased with how these turned out, and I especially love wearing these colors together!

Inspiration: "Watercolor Flowers and Leaves" by Angie Makes

Polishes used: (Base) Orly Flawless Flush, (Flowers) Julie G Miami Beach, Sally Hansen First Kiss, Funky Fingers Taffy Town, Fing'rs Unnamed (fuchsia with gold shimmer), Orly Preamp, Sinful Colors Amethyst, and Cult Nails Ms. Conduct.

I really enjoyed creating this bright floral look, and wearing such a fun combination of colors! What do you think of watercolor nail art? Is it something you'd like to see me attempt more of in the future?


  1. This is gorgeous! The flowers just "pop"!

    1. Thank you! Yeah I love the bright pink & coral against that lilac! :D

  2. I don't know how I missed this post. These are the prettiest floral nails I've seen in ages. You have crazy skills!