I'm pretty good with glitter. Give me a pattern and a little time, odds are I can produce it with glitter. Acrylic paints, on the other hand, yeah, not as good. I think it's because with glitter it's really easy to correct mistakes - just move the glitter around - but paint is so unforgiving. I'm jealous of the incredibly talented people who do amazing things with paints so I trimmed down a few more brushes and gave a new pattern a try. I saw a great tutorial from Nailumium for Geometric Skittle nails and gave it a shot. Well, two shots, and this is the better one. Let's take a look, shall we?
I started off with three coats of My Vampire is Buff, the go-to off-white used the internet over. I wanted something nearly white so that was the obvious choice. Following Nailumium's tutorial, I started with free-handing the criss-crosses with acrylic paint. I've found that trimming a small brush down to nearly nothing really is the best way. And watering down the paint a bit. Using a contrasting colour, I filled in my matching squares. Once this was all dry, I applied a coat of Seche Vite. This not only made sure everything was set, ready for the black outlines, but had the bonus effect of letting me fix any mistakes I made with my outlines. You can just use a toothpick and the paint comes right off. It's really nifty. A second coat of Seche Vite over the black and you're done.
The Verdict: I thought these came out super well from just looking at them in person. Turns out that while these are acceptable, cameras are not acrylic paint's friend. Every single flaw, molecule of paint out of place really shows, which is why I re-did this whole mani from scratch after looking at my first round of pictures. My recommendation is to totally try this design - it's easy enough and looks fabulous - but just go slow and be as careful as you can. If you're going to take pictures, that is :)