Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Summer Strawberries

In an attempt to “wish” summer into being this weekend, I decided to experiment with my own version of strawberry nail art. There are a few things I’ll do differently next time, but this was a good first attempt, I think.

I used Avon’s new formula of base/top coat this time, and look – no bubbles! They’ve now gone to a “big three free” formula, so you may be seeing more of that brand here soon. I like to support my Avon lady when I can.

I started with 1 coat base coat, then 2 coats of China Glaze “Red Pearl”, which was far closer to an actual strawberry color than the “Strawberry” polish I have, ironically. Then I used China Glaze “Emerald Sparkle” to create some leaves, though they didn’t turn out quite like I’d hoped. Next time, a toothpick or small brush, I think. I used Nubar nail art pens for the “seeds” (gold) and outlining the leaves (black). Then two coats of Avon top coat.
There’s a Strawberry Festival here in June that is basically a huge street fair with an incredibly huge strawberry shortcake as the main attraction, and chocolate covered strawberries that are absolutely huge. My mom and I go every year, and I think I’ll try this design again for that, with a few modifications.

Next time, I’d like to use gold bouillon beads for the “seeds”, and make the leaves quite a bit smaller. On the index fingers, I’d like to paint a white or brown “dip” on the edges to make them look as though they’re dipped in chocolate. Look for that one in early June…Happy Polishing!

9 comments:

Brooke said...

How cute are these??? Great job Jamie! These turned out so cute, one of the best nail arts of yours so far :)

Dreamka said...

Very creative and good choice of colors. Love this design, good job !!!

Velvet said...

This is too sweet and creative!! Strawberries on your tips,how yummy! Now I want some strawberries to eat...lol!

miaopin said...

nice and cute design... i love doing nail art as hobby but always lack of ideas on design...gambateh..
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Olivia C. said...

This is really cute and such a good idea!! :)

rf said...

Nice job! I'm glad to hear the new Avon top coats don't bubble like they used to. I may have to get some.

Lucy said...

What a pretty manicure. Watch out someone doesn't nibble on your fingers.

Lucy said...

Love the strawberries. Look yummy! Great job.

Jamie said...

Thanks all! Sorry for my lack of response yesterday - too much going on around here. Glad you all like them, it was great fun to do!

Unfortunately, it didn't have the desired effect on the weather. Today is rain/snow off and on, very bleak. But at least my tips are cheery...