How to draw detailed designs on nails: Special Designs
Here’s a tutorial on how to draw detailed designs on nails using the shading technique.
from Nail Up! March 2012.
By varying the intensity of the color, such elegance can be achieved even with just a single color. Paint with your brush lying as parallel to the surface as possible. Also, use just a small amount of paint each time, going over lines repeatedly to get the desired intensity and shade of color.
Step 1: Take up violet paint on one corner of a flat brush and draw in flower petals as shown.
Step 2: Similar to Step 1, draw another whorl of petals inside the first whorl. It is ok if the whorls are not aligned perfectly.
Step 3: Take up violet paint on a flat brush and draw in the flower’s center. Move your brush in a circular motion to draw a circle.
Step 4: Using violet paint on a flat brush, draw in a tiny flower above the main flower.
Step 5: Using violet paint on a flat brush, draw in another tiny flower below the main flower.
Step 6: Using violet paint on a flat brush, draw in a tiny flower to the left of the flower drawn in Step 5.
Step 7: Draw in some leaves using violet paint on a flat blush. Vary the pressure you exert on the brush as you draw each leaf.
Step 8: Using a thin brush, draw in some vines with violet paint. Be sure to use only a small amount of paint when drawing.
Step 9: Take up some gold paint on a thin brush and add dots around your design. Hold your brush at a perpendicular angle during this step.
Strawberry of the fairy tale
Mix various acrylic paint colors to get the exact shade you want. Using white as highlight adds a touch of definition to your design.
Step 1: Take up yellow paint on a thin brush and draw in strawberry shapes as shown. Fill in the center with color.
Step 2: Take up orange paint on one corner of a flat brush and add shading to the strawberries.
Step 3: Mix red and white colors, then use the resultant color to add more shading to the strawberries.
Step 4: Mix white and moss green colors, then use the resultant color to draw in the strawberries’ tops with a thin brush.
Step 5: Use green and brown colors to add shading to the strawberry tops. Use white to draw in highlights.
Step 6: Draw some small flowers. Do shading on the flowers too, to add depth.
Step 7: Draw in more leaves around the strawberries. Use white to draw in highlights.
Step 8: Using a thin brush, carefully draw in a lace and dot design.
Step 9: Use white and brown colors to draw seeds on your strawberries. Vary the pressure of your dotting to create more realistic-looking seeds.