Saturday, June 04, 2011

Nail Art Tutorial - Cherry Blossoms

Hey guys!

So after the great success of my patchwork nail art tutorial, I decided to continue making these photo tutorials until at least the end of my intersession semester (June 22) when I can finally take the time to try to get the hang of video tutorials.

Many of you requested that I do a tutorial for my cherry blossom design which is actually a VERY simple one to execute so hopefully this tutorial will help and some of you will try this design out yourselves.

As a refresher, here's the design that I'll be teaching you how to do today:

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Keep reading to find out how to do this design!


What you'll need:


Your favourite base coat, a base colour for your design (I'm using Essie Turquoise & Caicos), a black striping polish (I'm using L.A. Colors Art Deco in Black), a white polish for the flowers (I'm using Orly White Tips), a pink polish for the middle of the flowers (I'm using OPI Flower-to-Flower), and your favourite top coat.


Dotting tools of various sizes (you could also use toothpicks or the ends of bobby pins if you don't have dotting tools like these).


Step 1:
Apply your base coat. (I didn't think it was necessary to take a photo of this step.)

Step 2:
Apple 2-3 coats of your base colour until it's opaque.



Step 3:
After your base colour has dried completely, take your striper polish and freehand some trees/branches on your nail. The thin brush of this polish is going to make drawing these lines much easier so don't worry if you don't think you're a great freehand artist. Furthermore, branches aren't supposed to look perfect so even if they end up a little crooked, that'll just add a more realistic effect!

How many trees/branches you do is completely up to you, so just go with it. On most of my nails I did two trees with a varying number of branches but if you have shorter nails, it might be best to just go with the one tree so that you don't end up with your design being too crowded.



Step 4:
Using your dotting tools dipped into the white polish, begin making the flowers by grouping 3 dots together. Having dotting tools of varying sizes helps here because it allows you to make several different sized flowers.

Place as many flowers as you would like on the branches but again, you don't want the design to look too crowded so use your best judgment based on the size of your nail.

By now your design should look something like this:



Step 5:
Now you'll want to take your smallest dotting tool, dip it into your pink polish, and place 1 dot in the middle of each of the white flowers.



Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry completely, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process and will also give your nails a nice shine.
(I stupidly forgot to get a picture of this step but it just looks the same as the last step except shinier, haha).

I hope this tutorial was helpful and I hope that some of you will try this design out for yourselves now. As you can see, it's much easier than it looks so even if you're a nail art beginner, I urge you to give this design a go.

28 comments:

  1. Aww thanks for the tutorial . This is very cute !

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  2. Omg I love this. I really want an Arizona Iced Tea now haha.

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  3. Thank you for doing these. It makes trying nail art much less intimidating.

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  4. very cute! i just started my own nail blog :) http://nailsonthegobynicole.blogspot.com

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  5. Your tutorials make the designs look SOO easy! Very informative, thanks!

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  6. Yay! I've been waiting for this :D Gonna give it a go if I can find some colors that work! :D

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  7. Lovely tutorial, and the design is so great for Spring and Summer :) I adore your clean lines!

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  8. Love the tutorial, it looks great! I'll try that today!!

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  9. thanks for the tutorial. i'll try it so soon, i adore the manicure! =)

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  10. u make it look so easy, I'm sure if I tried it, i'd make it messy :/

    Thanks for the tut :)

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  11. Awesome tutorial! You make it look so simple!

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  12. LOVE this... Sooo pretty and you made it look so easy. I adore the colors you chose they look amazing together.

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  13. Love this! Thanks for these tutorials! I think I like these even better than video ones. Keep them coming as long as you have the time! :)

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  14. thank you!!! my sister in laws bridal shower is coming up on Friday and I was looking every where for a good Cherry BLossom tutorial!
    Love it.

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  15. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have been completely terrified of non-stamping nail art (other than basic dotting tool dots), but am now wearing -- not as good as yours but still very passable -- cherry blossoms on my nails. Your tutorial was really easy to follow and I'm with TENDERHEARTR in preferring it to video tutorials. I hope that you'll keep them coming.

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  16. This is super cute, I am definitely going to try this look next. I have a nail art brush but I never use it because I am awful at free hand nail art. But your tutorials look so easy I have to try them. Thanks :)

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  17. You always come up with such neat designs. Love it! I would like to try this something like this.

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  18. Hey! Thank you for this tutorial! I've been frequenting Shoppers and calling daily but they still haven't gotten new stock of Turquoise and Caicos, so I took it upon myself to modify the colours and did a red/white/yellow version! Keep the tutorials coming! :)

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  19. ooow yes I want this as well ;) thank you so much for sharing sweetie!

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  20. I really hated those art deco nail polishes! I have no idea how you made it work so good. I'm assuming you did not use the brush inside. I cut it shorter and found it a little easier to use but as is I thought it was useless.

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  21. this is so neat and pretty! i love the colour combination! I'm definitely gonna try this design sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I tried out your tutorial on one of my nails, thanks so much for this :)

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  23. I did a variation of your design with sky blue instead of turquoise cause the nail salon didn't have the essie turquoise colour. Anyway, i'm very happy with the results. Thanks for a great design!

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  24. Wow! I'm in love! Thanks from Brazil

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  25. Done my nails using your tutorial. It's just great. Love it Kayla!

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  26. really good design & good tutorials..
    Nail art designs

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