I'm not really one for New Years Resolutions. I like to have as little commitments as possible, generally speaking. If I were to have one, it would be to get better at freehand acrylic painting. I think it's pretty safe to say I've mastered glitter so I really should try to improve in other areas. I saw an amazing mani over at Lucy's Stash that had white acrylic stars painted over OPI DS Lapis so I decided that it would be a good place to start.
I followed Lucy pretty much exactly here. Two coats of OPI DS Lapis followed by a coat of Seche Vite. I dug out my acrylic white paint and got to work. Here's the tricky part. It is really really hard to find brushes small enough to do fine detail work. Even if you do have a small brush, you will have to trim off most of the bristles. Like, down to almost nothing. This is actually my second attempt at this because even though I thought I had a fine brush and smooth lines, as soon as you review the photos it is not that. What I did find though was that because you're using paint over top coat, you can use a toothpick to remove excess paint. Thus, I did an acrylic mani I don't hate to look at!
The Verdict: I think like most people I like DS Lapis so much more shiny. It has an interesting texture but the silver glitter just comes out so much stronger with a top coat. I'm so happy I don't hate this in macro mode too. Yay! Thanks goes to Lucy for the design :)