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Rainbow Grids, or Experiments with Acrylic Paints

I've spent quite a bit of time lately trawling the internet for ideas for different manis.  A pattern I've noticed is that everyone uses acrylic paints for the less standard designs so of course I had to pick some up at a local art store.  I couldn't decide what to paint so I went with a design I've actually painted on canvas before, a grid with rainbow squares!

As this was a real experiment, I kinda winged (wung?) everything.  First up I started with two coats of Joe Fresh White as a base, as a white base never hurt anyone.  Then, with my narrowest paintbrush, I carefully drew in the lines for my squares.  Moving on to the slightly larger brush, I filled each square in. Finally, and this is the step I was worried about, I added a coat of Seche Vite.  I'm really surprised, each of these steps went off without a hitch! Now I get to have super colourful nails for tomorrow which is second only super sparkly in terms of making me happy! 

In case you're wondering why I'm posing here with a bottle of Orly Fowl Play, I actually have this on my other hand.  I didn't stand a chance at doing this with my non-dominant hand and I just got this in the post so on it went!  I fully intended to review this tonight too but I can't pose with the other hand and it was freaking me out so next time!








The Verdict:  Acrylic paints are a winner!  I just bought a bog-standard sampler set for $5 for 12 colours and they work really well, you don't need anything special.  I would recommend getting a small brush though, it really helps.

Bonus:  Quilters out there might recognise this as a Bargellow pattern normally seen in quilts.  My mum is an amazing quilter, have to credit her for the inspiration :)

Comments

  1. Lovely! It kind of reminds me of a Rubik's cube. Heh.

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  2. This looks so cool!! :D Awesome!!! :D

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  3. I loved how this one came out. So colorful!

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  4. Girl you have some kind of patience! This is awesome. I had no idea you could use acrylic paints on nails.

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