Going for Gold
These nails are a great idea if you're heading off to an Olympic event or even just wanting to make an entrance at a friends Olympic themed party.
Using lead pencil on your acrylic is a quick and effective way of creating delicate drawings and surprisingly the acrylic base makes for a good surface to draw on. I created the flags on this olympic step by step in lead as a backdrop for the Olympics rings, which I created using Be Creatives Gel paint.
|Prepare the nails and sculpt out a free edge in white to give you a white background. I have created a colour fade from nail bed cover pink to white.|
Cap the whole nail in clear acrylic, make sure you create your arch placement and structure.
File and refine the shape of your nail, finally buff with a 240 grit buffer. do not buff to a high shine at this stage.
Using a HB pencil, sharpened: draw the outlines of the flags you have chosen, I have drawn, the Canadian, American, Chinese and Dutch flags. Obviously the Union Jack too.
|Continue to colour in the flags, applying different pressure to the different shadings of the flag colours.|
|I have used a fine detailing brush dipped in water to crisp up the lines, you can also use some white acrylic paint to high light the white parts of your flags.|
|Apply a gel top coat to your flags to seal in the lead drawings.|
|Using the white gel paint, create the 5 rings of the Olympics symbol spanning over the 4 fingers. it is better to start with the centre ring first and work your way out. Cure this for 2 minutes under a UV lamp or 30 seconds under an LED.|
|Now apply the colours, red, blue, yellow, green and black, this represents the different continents. Cure between each colour application briefly and then do a final cure.|
|Finally apply another layer of gel top coat to seal in your design and protect it.|
Using Be Creative’s gel paint over the top of gel top coat will give you an almost 3D effect, without ruining your drawing.