Sunday, 2 September 2012

Copy from the blackboard

Copying from the Blackboard
I realise that blackboards are a thing of the past but here is my last Back to School, blackboard inspired design. 

This is a really simple design that just needs a few ingredients. You will need a good base coat (black stains!), a black polish, a white striper and a matte top coat. 

First of all paint your nails a solid black. I used a Barry M polish for this design.

Once it is dry, use your white striper to create some school like designs. I used E=MC2, Pi, triangles, ticks, H20 etc...

Once you have patiently done this and patiently waited for it to dry, (you don't want the colours to run into each other when you put the top coat on) paint over your design with a matte top coat. Mine is from GOSH which is available at Superdrugs. 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Straight as a Rule!

Pencil case? - Check
Eraser? - Check
Ruler? - Definitely!

A really simple and very easy back to school design. 

The first step is to paint your nails a nice bright yellow. 
(for a more subtle design you could simply paint onto your natural nail colour - after you have used a good base coat of course!)

 Once the yellow has dried take your striper and start creating the measurements on your fingers. 

Place a larger black stripe in the center of your nail. About 3/4 of the way down.
Then create a series of smaller lines either side. Depending on the size of your nail I would suggest three or four. 

When you are ready and with a steady hand, use your striper to number your fingers from left to right (little finger = 1, thumb = 5)

And finally seal with a good top coat. 

ABC easy as 123

ABC easy as 123!

This design is really more for those of you that are comfortable with a striper and have a steady hand! If that is you then this is a really fantastic design. I had lots of comments about this one while I was out and about!
  A really good Back to School design!

Start off by painting your nails white. Remember to use a base coat to protect your nails and take your time because white can be tricky!

Once you have done that pick three bright colours, I have used primary red and yellow and a nice light green, and create three very rough stripes over your nail. They don't have to go all the way across. 

The next bit is the tricky bit and I can't give you any other tips other than take it slow and lean your hand against something to keep it steady. 
Very carefully use your black striper to start writing out the alphabet on to the coloured stripes. I put two or three letters on each stripe depending on the size of the nail and the depth of the stripe. 

So there you have it. An ABC back to school design.