Friday, October 23, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

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What is a nail art challenge without doing something I have never tried before? Go big or go home...right? Well, when I started really thinking about "green + orange + purple + mermaids" I could only think of one thing...Ariel. It had to be. But I wasn't sure which way I wanted to go...so I went the craziest way. I am actually glad I did.

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green


I fully blame Narmai for this. I don't know if I would have attempted something this involved if not for her. In fact, I initially intended to do something completely different...but I have no patience and inspiration struck. 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

Colors Used
Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Olaf
Crimson Lake Acrylic Paint
Burnt Sienna Acrylic Paint
Emerald Green Acrylic Paint
Cobalt Blue Acrylic Paint
Titanium White Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

I only have a small paint set, and I was too lazy to get my craft paints...so the purple here is a hand mixed shade that turned out quite plummy-violet. But its there, by the gods. I think this ticks all the boxes for the challenge in a way that is completely new for me. You might see more hand-painted stuff in the future. It is strangely satisfying and relaxing.

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green


40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Mermaids + Orange, Purple, and Green

So how did I do on my first attempt at hand-drawn art? Have you used acrylic paints for your nail art before? If so, leave me some tips in the comments below. I welcome all the help I can get.

And then, see what other awesome things people came up with for this collection of colors!


34 comments:

  1. Wow! I think these turned out really well... your painting skills are amazing!!!

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    1. thank you. Not bad for my first try!

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  2. This is excellent! You did a really good job, way to go!

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  3. Wow ! I love them ! They're so cool ! You have such great painting skills ! I look forward to see more !

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  4. That's awesome! You're such an amazing artist!

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  5. I think this looks great! I always thought that Ariel's hair was too perfect in the movie...love how you've mussed it up a bit!

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    1. I really had no choice. It was that or give her no hair at all!

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  6. Ummm these are awesome and your talent is AMAZING! So great!

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  7. Awesome! I think they turned out amazing!

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  8. Oh my gosh! You need to do more freehand because this is gorgeous!

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  9. You did so good! I can't believe you never attempted freehand before!

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  10. Omg, these are incredible! So, so pretty and I love the theme! I can't wait to see more freehand from you. You're so talented! Just curious, have you heard of adult coloring books? It's a new trend and I think you'd really love it. It's so relaxing and satisfying!

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    1. I HAVE! I bought one at Costco. I want to get some nice pens to do it. All I have is some watercolor pencils, and they just aren't cutting it. I'll take any recs for pens you have.

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    2. Have you tried Barnes and Noble? I bought both my coloring book and markers there. The markers came in a set of 10 and are double-ended; one end is a fine marker and the other is a felt tip. I personally prefer the felt-tip end, because the ink comes out more evenly and it's like painting with a paintbrush, and it puts less stress on my hand. Here's the link if you need it: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-gift-brush-markers-multi-colored-set-of-12/18056934?ean=9780641997518 Hope I helped!

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  11. You did an amazing job on these! I can't believe this is your first attempt at freehand!

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    1. thank you! I have never tried to use acrylics or do anything this advanced. I am so glad it went well!

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  12. Go on with your bad self mermaid lady!! Love these!!!

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  13. Go on with your bad self mermaid lady!! Love these!!!

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  14. Beautiful! You did amazing for your first free hand!!

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  15. Oh my these are incredible!! You killed it! I'm going to have to step my game up since we're doing the same patterns haha

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  16. MOAR FREEHAND!!!!!!!!!!! I demand MOAR!!!!

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  17. This turned out amazing! And its very different than what I would have done for the mermaid theme. I think you need to do more free hand and I need to start thinking outside of the box for this challenge.

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  18. Absolutely stunning! Kinda reminds me of the watercolor type princess shirts that I saw at Disneyland last year.

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  19. This is amazing. Girl your freehand mermaid is out of this world! I love that Carpe Noctum Olaf base.

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