How to draw detailed designs on nails: Flower Patterns

Here’s a tutorial on how to draw detailed designs on nails using the shading technique.

from Nail Up! March 2012.

Part 1: Shading Technique
Part 2: Line & Lace Patterns
Part 4: Special Designs

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FLOWER PATTERNS

Rose!


Step 1: Use a thin brush to mix white and red acrylic paint colors together on the surface. Do make sure to use more red than white.


Step 2: Swirl the brush around in a circle to spread the paint, creating the rose’s center. Try not to swirl too much and mix the colors thoroughly.


Step 3: Similar to Step 1, pick up white and red colors on a brush and start drawing petals around the rose center.


Step 4: Continue drawing petals. Try to complete the rose before the paint dries.


Step 5: Using white, green and moss green colors, draw in leaves. You can also add in small flower buds using white and red colors.

Marguerite!


Step 1: Use a thin brush to draw the maguerite’s flower petals with white acrylic paint.


Step 2: Take up green paint on one corner of a flat brush and add shading to the inner ends of the petals.


Step 3: Using a thin brush, draw in the flower center with yellow paint. Try to draw it a little nearer to the bottom petals.


Step 4: Take up brown paint on one corner of a flat brush and add shading to the bottom end of the center.


Step 5: Draw in leaves using white, green, brown and moss green colors. Spread the leaves out randomly for a more realistic look.

Sakura!


Step 1: Mix white and violet acrylic paint colors together, and draw sakura petals as shown using a thin brush. Fill in the petals with color.


Step 2: Take up violet paint on one corner of a flat brush and add shading to the inner ends of a petal.


Step 3: Similar to Step 2, continue shading in the rest of the petals.


Step 4: Take up white paint on one corner of a flat brush and gently highlight the edges of the petals. This makes the flower look more defined.


Step 5: Take up some gold paint onto a thin brush, and draw some dots near the center of the flower to represent pollen.

Pansy!


Step 1: Take up some purple paint onto a corner of a flat brush and draw 2 semicircles as shown. Do not use too much paint at this step.


Step 2: Take up some yellow paint onto a thin brush and draw in 2 petal shapes. Fill in the center of the shapes with color.


Step 3: Take up some purple paint onto a corner of a flat brush and add shading to the yellow petals. End your strokes in thin lines to create the effect shown.


Step 4: Mix white and blue paint colors, and use the resulting pale blue color to draw a petal with a thin brush. Take up some blue paint onto a corner of a flat brush and add shading to the petal.


Step 5: Using white, green, moss green and brown colors, draw a flower center, leaves and a stem. Define the edges of your petals with some white paint to give it a more 3D look.

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