Monday, November 19, 2012

Punk Plaid

Hello Dahlings!

While blog hoping over the weekend I saw THIS tutorial on The Lacquerologist's blog. She did a great job of showing step by step how to create what looks like a complicated plaid on your nails without going crazy or having your eyes cross. I used different colors, but that's the great thing about plaid. You can do it in any colors you like! I do suggest using more opaque polishes unless you want the crossover lines to show thru. If you want that color overlap look, make sure you pick colors that will blend well. Sheer blue over yellow will make green; sheer purple over yellow will make brown. 

Here's da line up: Ruby Kisses Electric Purple, Wet N' Wild On A Trip (my all time fav blue voilet!), L.A. Colors Black Pearl & Revlon Pure Pearl.

This is 2 coats of Electric Purple. It's a typical neon in that it dries to a dull finish & needs 3 coats for full opacity. It stained my skin a smidge, but I think I got most of it off in the final clean up. If not & anybody notices, they obviously have way too much time on their hands & need their own hobby. LOL

I started this mani last night later than I wanted, so by 2am I had to call it a night & go to bed with my nails dry to the touch & unfinished. I'm just glad my sheets are flannel & not corduroy. LOL I used my short striper brush to paint all the lines. On the thicker blue violet lines I painted 2 lines touching.

Seche Vite to the rescue! One coat mostly smoothed out this very textured mani. 8 coats over lapping at the crossings makes for an interesting quilted effect. LOL

Thanks to The Lacquerologist for making this way easier to do than figuring it out for myself!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky


  1. ahhhhh love it inky my lovely!! xxxx

    1. Thanks Mimi! I'm working on catching up to your nail art brilliance.

  2. This is so awesome!! I haven't been brave enough to try free hand plaid but you did amazing dahling!!! :D

    1. Thanks Miss K! Check out the Lacquerologist's tutorial, she breaks down the steps to make it easier. I wouldn't have tried this otherwise! LOL


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