Watercolour Gradient Nail Art

Image source: May Frenzy on Etsy
There’s so much going on in this post that I just can’t even! We’ve got some nail art, a video tutorial and a pretty sweet link-up right at the bottom! I’ve smushed together two different challenges in one for today’s nail art. Nailvengers this month called for gradients and I’ve gotten as far as ‘Inspired by Artwork’ in the 31 Day Challenge which looks like it’ll be stretching over more than 31 days by the time I get to the finish line.
My first stop for beautiful art these days is always Etsy and it never fails to deliver a healthy dose of nail art inspiration. I was looking for something featuring a gradient but with a fancy twist and when I came across this piece by May Frenzy Designs, I knew I’d struck gold. The watercolour finish is just perfect for me to revisit the watercolour gradient technique with a funky new colour combination.
For the nail art, I started with a base of Barry M White then created the watercolour gradient effect on top. There’s a video tutorial at the bottom of the post so be sure to scroll down for that and the colours used are: OPI William Tell Me About OPI, piCture pOlish Bonkers, Barry M Burgundy Crush and Barry M Caramel.
Watercolour Gradient Nail Art // The Nailasaurus
Watercolour Gradient Nails // The Nailasaurus
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Neutral Watercolour Gradient Nails // The Nailasaurus

Pahlish // Thunderous Sparks

Today is the start of the #31DC2014 and until just a few hours ago, I was planning to sit this one out as I’ve just started a new job and and struggling to fit in time for blogging every 3 days, let alone every single day! In the early hours of this morning, I started contemplating it and I knew I’d be missing out if I didn’t even try to complete it again this year. In the end I decided to just dive in and take each day as it comes! If you want, you can catch up with my efforts from the challenge in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This year, I’m not going to commit myself to completing every single day but I’m going to try my damnedest to finish them all anyway! If I do have to sit out a day here or there, it’ll be very hard not to feel guilty about it!
Big thanks to Chalkboard Nails for basically organising the annual gathering of 31 Day Challengers single-handedly. If you want to find out more about the challenge or even take part yourself, she wrote a great FAQ on her blog.
We’re kicking off today with red. I’m going to be taking full advantage of the first 6 days where no nail art is required to ease myself in. It’ll also give me chance to use plenty of my glitter polishes that don’t get enough love. Today I’ve gone with a glittery jelly/topper from Pahlish over a few coats of my boldest red polish.

Polishes Used

Rimmel Raw as Night
Pahlish Thunderous Sparks
Pahlish // Thunderous Sparks
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31 Day Challenge // The Nailasaurus

Here it is. The very last. The final day of my 31 Day Challenge 2012! It’s been a long and bumpy ride, we even lost a woman 5 weeks in but just like last year, I’m so glad we did it! I don’t really have much else to say on the subject so I’ll just leave you with my recreation of Rie’s Day 8 Metallic Nails.
I’ve never ever done a splatter mani before and I probably won’t be doing one again any time soon. The clean up on this took just as long, if not longer, than the mani itself! I think part of the problem was the metallic polishes. Whenever I touched acetone to the mess, it would send a million bits of shimmer swimming in to my cuticles and I just couldn’t get it all off! Saying that, I did grow to love the result and maybe a bit of practice will do me good.

I used A-England Lancelot as my base colour, then used Essie Penny Talk, Barry M Gold Foil and Barry M Silver Foil for the splatters. I topped it with one coat of Seche Vite to make it dry quickly and then one coat of Rimmel Mattifying Top Coat.


This challenge has really gone belly up recently! We started out so well but unlike last year, when we were so regimented and determined, we’ve gone way off track and are all behind schedule. However, I’m determined to complete it before the end of the year if it kills me (which I’m sure it won’t, I’m just being melodramatic). I’m thinking of it as my end of year resolution! There are actually only 3 days left so I’d have to be reallllly lazy not to get it finished wouldn’t I?!
I spent so much time stressing about this challenge but in the end I just went for the obvious again to get it over and done with. It’s actually exactly the same as last year, I even used the same polish to stamp with!
Don’t worry, tomorrow’s challenge post is awesome!

I used 3 coats of Deborah Lippmann Fashion* as my base colour and stamped on the ghosts from Bundle Monster plate BM223 using Sally Hansen InstaDri Whirlwind White. I used two coats of NYC Top Coat for the glassy finish.

You can follow Rie’s challenge here and Cristina’s here.


Day 27 of the challenge is here and I can’t believe how close we are to the end. Just 4 more challenge days and it will all be over… again! Today we have to do nails inspired by artwork and I chose a piece called ‘Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow’ by Piet Mondrian who was around during the De Stijl movement. And that, folks, is all the info I can give you on the artwork. I just know it’s minimalist and I like it!
My ring finger is supposed to be an exact replica of the art but I just improvised on the rest.
As always, head over to Rie and Cristina‘s blogs to see what they came up with today.
I used Barry M White as my base colour and then used Black Acrylic Paint with a striping brush to paint on all the lines. Then I took Sally Hansen InstaDri Rapid Red, NYC Lexington Yellow and Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue to fill in some of the squares with a nail art brush.
I finished it off with two coats of NYC In a New York Minute. I know I said that I hate this top coat nowadays but I found a few bottles in one of my beloved bargain stores and took a chance that they’d be the old formula and so far, I think they are!


Today’s nails are inspired by good old gingham as part of the 31 Day Challenge. I’ve done gingham nails before but I wasn’t 100% happy so I wanted to give them another try and I like the outcome much better. 
As always, head over to Let Them Have Polish and Nails and Noms to see their nail art today.

I used Barry M White as my base colour and used a nail art brush to paint on the stripes 2×2 on each nail in Essie Navigate Her and then used Barry M Spring Green to paint on the little squares where the lines cross. I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite.


Welcome to Day 25 of the challenge! Today, we have to create nails inspired by fashion so the first thing I did (again) was type ‘Fashion’ in to Google! I came across the Vogue website and started clicking through this season’s catwalk shows.
I spent a long time looking through and I was waiting to see something… ANYTHING that I could immediately envisage on my nails when the bottom half of a dress from Christian Dior’s ready-to-wear collection caught my eye. I immediately knew that this would be the nail art I’d do to match and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out.

Runway photo credit: Vogue.co.uk

For this manicure, I didn’t use a base colour or even a base coat, I went straight in with some striping tape to mark off the lines. I did this for two reasons. Firstly of course, you’ve got the authentic see through look and also I couldn’t be bothered to wait for anything to dry! For the thicker lines I just used two pieces of tape right next to each other. I used nail art tweezers for this step because it’s very fiddly.
When all the tape was in place, I painted on a coat of A-England Lancelot, one nail at a time, and carefully peeled off the tape using the tweezers. There was some polish out of place, especially near the edges where the tape had come away from the nail a little, so I dipped a nail art brush in some acetone to clean away the bits I didn’t want. When everything was completely dry, I used two coats of Seche Vite to glaze it over.

Now go to Rie and Cris‘ blogs to see their fashionicures!