Hello dear readers,
As some of you may know, I have been slightly obsessed with playing with the alcohol inks I showed in my video tutorial last week. I’ve had a grand time seeing what cool stone looks these inks can create.
I had been doing all the swatches over white gel polish but I had seen a picture of a gorgeous turquoise stone with metallic veins and just knew I had to try for the same look. So I dug out my blue gel polish and tried my best :).
Here’s my inspiration:
First thing I did was mask off the around the nail to avoid stains. (alcohol ink is a dye and will stain just about anything it comes in contact with) I used Proclaim hair glue from Sally’s, its a liquid latex and works great. You simply peel it off when you’re done. And it’s dirt cheap, $1.99, can’t beat that with a stick! (no need to spend 22.00 for Liquid Palisade which is just latex and a colorant). If you do manage to get some of the ink on the skin it will clean up with alcohol.
I used 2 coats ReformA “Haiti” gel polish as my base, which btw, is a fabulous gel brand. Great formula, great coverage, great wear with normal soakoffs. I wiped the sticky layer with alcohol. A note about the color, the reason it has a bit of a green undertone is because of the brown ink.
I used Adirondack alcohol ink in Teakwood and sponged it on in a random pattern, I did not cover the entire nail with the ink. I then used another bit of sponge dipped in isopropyl alcohol (99%) to help form the stone pattern by tapping into the ink and letting it react and spread. You can get smaller patterns by spraying alcohol about 6-7 inches onto the nail. Then with a fine detail art brush dipped into a drop of Teakwood I formed some fine veining.
Using the same fine detail brush, I used Adirondack Copper Mixative to apply tiny metallic areas randomly on top of the Teakwood ‘veins’. This made the whole design really pop. A little goes a long way with these metallics.
Once every thing was dry I topped with 2 coats of topcoat. I noticed a tiny bit of smearing which, oddly, did not happen with my swatches. I used IBD top on the swatches and Kiss top on my mani….I will have to experiment to see if the Kiss top is the problem.
For the accent nail I use E.Mi Baroque Gold Empasta gel paint to draw the scroll design. I did 3 layers for a 3D effect and cured each layer. I then mixed a tiny bit of black gel into the gold and painted in a few shadows to enhance the 3D look and cured. Topped with 1 coat top coat and done!
I’m really happy and excited how this came out and couldn’t wait to share this with you guys. I hope you like it! Stayed tuned for a how-to video for this turquoise look!