Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial: Nautical Fun

Hey Gals and Dolls, it's Tuesday again, so it means it's time to try another new look.  For this look I've combined nautical and patriotic elements.  It didn't start that way, but after I added a little bit of glitz, the little canvases really looked like flags.  So if you're in the mood to salute your sea legs, follow along.  Here's what I did to achieve this look:



1) First off you want to paint all but your accent nails two coats of white polish




2)  Paint your accent nail two coats of your favorite medium to dark blue.




3)  You're going to paint an anchor on your accent nail.  I didn't photograph each little step, but this is the final look.  What you want to do is first take a large dotting tool and place a white dot on the middle of your nail near the cuticle.  Then taking a toothpick and more white polish add a white strip going down from your circle to the edge of your nail, but leave a little room.  Using the toothpick place a small horizontal line through the vertical line you just drew.  Again, take your toothpick and white polish -draw two curved lines going up on each side of that small horizontal line.  Leave enough space to draw the small triangles at the end of each line.  Have patience.  You will go over each line a few times with your toothpick most likely.  Lastly take your blue polish again and make a smaller dot inside the white dot.  I hope that's easy enough to follow- sorry about that.


4) Taking a nice true red and a striper brush paint some evenly-spaced stripes on each nail that has been painted white- leaving a white stripe at the tip of the nail.



5) Using your blue polish again, paint the tip that had been left white.



6) Now time for a little bling.  I used a clear-based large silver hex glitter.  You can choose whatever you have or don't add bling at all- whatever your flavor is. :)  If you choose not to add the silver hexes and the blue tips, it won't turn out as patriotic if you prefer that.  If you want it- just carefully place a stripe of the hexes along the white row closest to the tip.


Your finished look will be like this:


The polishes I used are Milani White on the Spot, Milani Rapid Cherry, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue It, and Jordana Silver Jewel.

I hope you try this- and as always, let me know if you do!

Have a fabulous week!  See you tomorrow for a weekly wrap-up

Over and Out

14 comments:

  1. Stopping by from Planned in Pencil... HOW CUTE!! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thanks Marci! Glad you came by for a visit :) Going to go visit you now ;)
      -Phoebe

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  2. Wow! These are so cute! I don't know if I have the patience, but I love it!

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    1. :) Thanks Kim! The key is knowing you're going to have big flubs sometimes and being ok with it.

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  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog! I look forward to reading more.

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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    1. Hey Melanie- so glad you're following along. Have a fab day!

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  4. I can barely paint my nails one color and have them look decent... I know I couldn't do this to my own. They're adorable, though!! I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

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    1. Lauren if you get yourself a little flat paint brush and dip it in acetone to clean up around each nail after you paint- even just with solid colors- then it takes the pressure off of staying in the lines until you become more steady with practice. Hope this helps!

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  5. I am impressed with your beautiful nails!
    DeniseAngela

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  6. Thanks Denise! :) So glad you stopped by

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  7. Wow, amazing! I can barely get the polish just on my nails. I can't imagine being able to make all the designs, too.
    Thanks for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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    1. Thanks KC, it does take a little bit of practice, and knowing that you can clean up any mistakes helps the process too.
      -Phoebe

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  8. Really cute....thanks for linking up!
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

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    1. Thanks Pam :) And thanks for the invite

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