Get Arty With Nail Polish

Monday, July 23, 2018

Get Arty With Nail Polish

The time I dusted off dusty nail polishes and painted with them and nails weren't involved!

Hiya friends! I don't know about you but I've been having fun painting using nail polish. It's something that I've wanted to do because I have tons of nail polishes and they're just sitting looking pretty dusty on the shelf. The thing with having a variety of nail polishes is that somehow my sister and I will find a reason why our collection is boring and that we need to to go out on a hunt for the next batch of nail polishes that will then end up on the dusty shelf again!

Since I only wear earthy or pink nail polishes and my sis hardly wears anything else but her repetitive shades of blue, I don't know what's going on with us so I decided to use the rest of the colors including my sister's favorite blue ones for a random art project.

It is random and so highly doable without much fuss, the kind of project I'm so all about. I will be honest and say the first piece of paper was a kind of partition that came from a box of pantyliners. The scrap of paper is quite thick and was small in size like a postcard and it's great to use it instead of just throwing it out.

To keep this post short and sweet, I started off with simply pressing the tip of the nail polish down that it left a dot or droplet. I did this all over the canvas and with different nail polish colors. This I did for a few days to get the layered effect that I wanted as I love the abstract vibe of it.


Next, I went with the heart shapes and I realized that some of the nail polishes had different consistency in their formulation or that they were expired and became quite sticky and hard to spread. Finding this out, I applied the thicker nail polish quicker or slower depending on the need of the moment. Gradually, I became aware of how the colors spread and this made me excited about shading! Haa. Recalling the time when I used to study watercolor painting thanks to our lovely parents, I was already mentally-planning to get me some watercolors but of course, I made myself commit to doing at least 20 of these nail polish painting art for fun before going full watercolor mode.


And next, I did this eyelash thingy shape but somehow it was hard to do the lashes and I introduced Sharpies into the mix so I could make those them happen.


To tell you the truth, if it weren't for the horrible scent, I would have painted everywhere! But since I have to allow some time for the nail polish to dry and to do it in a well-ventilated setting, I do this at a slower pace but I'm really glad I started because well, it is FUN and relaxes the mental muscles.

So there's that. I wonder if you have tried painting with nail polishes. If you have nail polishes sitting pretty in the drawers somewhere, why not make yourself some DIY paintings that you can even decorate your home or space with, eh? For me, the motivation came and I am reunited with the love I have for watercolor paintings especially the abstract ones. I don't really draw well but I do love splashes of colors and shadings. I'm interested to dive into this more with other mediums but for now, the nail polishes are a great fuel.

By the way, did you notice the new blog header? Please let me know you did and confess you love it! Kidding aside, do you like it? I want to hear it all in the comment space, please and thank you!

To end this entry, here's a quote by Mooji:

"In life, take the attitude that everything
is already as it should be, just as it is,
and find fault with nothing,
but respond to everything naturally.
There is no need to identify yourself
as any particular person.
Just stay aware and conscious of your awareness
and witness the marvellousness of life."


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