Friday, 16 November 2012

Japanese wave pattern

I've always liked this traditional Japanese pattern for ocean waves. It's simple, but quite intricate looking at the same time. I thought, how cool would that look on my nails?! I think this is the first time I freehanded a full pattern like this. I LIKE IT.
  
Polishes:
Left to right: China Glaze "Dorothy Who?", OPI "No Room for the Blues", American Apparel "American Denim"
First I painted two coats of Dorothy Who, and then sponged on a gradient with No Room for the Blues and American Denim. Then I painted on the pattern with a nail art brush and white acrylic paint, starting at the tip of my nail and then working the waves up to the cuticle.
 I really love the effect with the gradient. And they didn't even take as long as I was expecting! The lines are nowhere near perfect, but I think that lends a certain charm to the pattern :) That's all, have an awesome weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Everytime you post, my jaw drops to the floor and I have to rummage around to find it again... This looks AMAZING.

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  2. these are beautiful! i've had a similar pattern on my "nail to do list" for a while but nowhere near as pretty as this. you did an awesome job!

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    1. Thank you very much! I keep a to-do list as well haha! Now I just need to master making consistently clean lines like you do x)

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  3. Looks amaaaazing, especially with the gradient underneath! The glitter part!

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    1. Thank you! :D I wish I could have gotten a better picture of the glitter catching in the sun!

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  4. This is beautiful, I love the wave pattern!

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    1. Thank you, it's a really beautiful pattern!

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  5. You are VERY talented!! I love this!!! :) xx

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  6. These are amazing! I think I've mastered the hombre but this adds the extra edge I was looking for! I'm going try it on my own nails soon.

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  7. Just wanted to say -- I randomly saw this post on the internet a while ago, and it's been at the top of my bookmark list for months now. I've done this design only once (in white and purple-pink) and have yet to get around to doing it in blue. I still look at it now and again. Lovely work! Very inspiring.

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