Dots & Hearts Tutorial

I’m finally back with a nail art tutorial and not just swatches. I hope you enjoy. The inspiration for it came from this look.
Start by painting your nails solid white. I used Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud.
 Then stamp some black polka dots. I used Konad Black polish with the m79 image plate. Fill in any with a small dotting tool if it didn’t transfer well.

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You have a polish room?!

So I’ve been away because I recently moved. Now that things have settled down a bit, I should be able to get back into my routine. Before I start any nail art, I have to show you my new polish room. I had limited control over what I could do at my apartment, I wasn’t allowed to paint, and if I bought new furniture pieces I would have had to lug it up a flight of stairs myself. Well at my new house I wanted to do it up and do it right! And it turned out soooooo good. I just love it! Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. I’ll try to let you know what products I used or how I did it as we go along.

 

I painted the walls gray and added black stripes to an accent wall. To do the stripes, I just measured 6 inches apart and drew a little pencil mark. Then I placed blue painters tape down the height of the wall lining up to all of my pencil marks. It was a tedious process, but I knew that and that’s why I stuck to an accent wall. 😉 The bookcase is just a cheap item I bought at Target. I wanted it to have the damask pattern to the inside, so while I was constructing it according to the included directions, I altered it. Prior to nailing the back panel on, I layed it out and covered it with a patterned contact paper I also found at Target.
I got the black and metal computer desk as a freebie from my sister. I changed my desktop wallpaper to coordinate. The metal dress form was a housewarming present from when I moved into my apartment. The clock, mirror, and desk pin board were all bought at Hobby Lobby. I got the curtain from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I plan on having it hemmed about 1/2 inch because I hung the curtain rod too low, and it drags the floor. That was not my intention! Lol
The opposite side of the room is where I have my polishing station. Completely organized and well lit from my medusa lamp and my magnifying lamp. And I love the cute little teal pillow.
I have this little table to was originally brown, but I painted it black. The lamp and the faux books were also from Hobby Lobby. The fake books actually house my shipping supplies, bubble wrap, mailers, etc.
The wall rack is the same one I’ve had forever and shown you here. It’s from the scrapbooking storage section at Michaels. The same collection that has the Melmers. It’s meant to hang ribbon spools and knick-knacks, but I adapted it. It works great for polish and most brands fit either 2 bottles deep (OPI, China Glaze), or even 3 bottles deep (Essie, Barielle, Zoya). Here I have the more commonly used brands, and prettier bottles. 😉
Again at Target I bought a ClosetMaid 9 Cubeicals piece in black and then 3 of the fabric drawers in Ocean Blue. They are more teal in real life. My camera only sees blue. My little white dress used to be brown, but she got a paint job too.
On top of the Cubeicals piece I have these 3 photo storage boxes I got from Michaels. These house my seldom used polish brands and random polishes that didn’t fit anywhere. Top box is back up bottles of favorite colors and others that are to swap or sell. Middle box is Revlon, Sation, and randomness. Bottom box is Sally Hansen, Wet N Wild, and Pure Ice.
My same Melmer got a makeover. I sanded/peeled off the scrapbooking paper I had on it and painted it a matching teal. I don’t keep my polishes in here because it would be too top heavy when I pulled out the drawers. The Cubeicals is not sturdy enough. It would all toppled over. So instead, I have my printed pictures of inspiration in the top drawer. Nail art supplies in the middle drawer (foils, stamping polishes, striper polishes, microbeads, rhinestones.) The bottom drawer is my go to catch all. It’s got my favorite nail art brushes, my clean up brush, files, cuticle pushers, clippers, nippers, etc.
In the Cubeicals unit there are some places I’m just storing random junk that isn’t polish related. But I will show you all the ones that are. On the top row, far left is a white wicker basket that I already had. It keeps all of my swatchsicles.
The top row, middle space has a Scentsy wax melter. I got the white wooden “create” from Michaels for $1. And the little brown box I got when I bought a watch one time, it holds all of my stamping image plates.
The top row, far right is one of the fabric drawers that holds other commonly used products. Acetone, paper towels, lotion, sponges, & cuticle remover.
Middle row, far left is all of my acrylic paints and palettes. Middle section is another white wicker basket that holds cotton balls.
Then my desk. I looked for the longest time and couldn’t find anything like what I wanted. I wanted solid black or white with a glass top. The glass top was critical because I wanted to be able to clean old polish off with acetone and not damage the surface. When I was in Target getting all of the other things I mentioned, this desk was just sitting there. A black computer desk with a glass top. On clearance for only $27! SCORE! I’m using the computer keyboard pull out tray to hold my tape dispenser, post its, spare camera batteries. Those are just clean paper towels on top for when I’m stamping.
I’m so incredibly happy with how it turned out! I could just stay in here all day long if I didn’t have to work and have a life. 😉 I hope you guys love it as much as I do!

Updated Stash & Storage

I felt it was about time to clean up my polish display and straighten everything up. So it was a great time to take some pictures to share with you guys and actually count them all.My last Stash & Storage post was in March, and my how things have grown!
Currently I have 388 bottles of nail polish. I also have 11 empty bottles in my frankening box which makes 399 total if you include those. (I just need one more, right?) I hope to stay around this number because I can’t reasonably see myself being able to give attention to much more than this.

This is the rack I’ve been using to display my polishes. (It was originally sold as a scrapbooking embellishments storage unit)
1st row is crackles, glitters, magnetics, holographics. (28 polishes)
2nd row is red, orange, coral, and pink. (43 polishes)
3rd row is green, teal, and blue. (48 polishes)
4th row Muppet glitters, yellows, striper polishes, and stamping polishes. (34 polishes)
5th row is purple, black, gray, and white. (42 polishes)
6th row is base coats, top coats, and browns. (28 polishes)
These polishes on the display rack are my most used polishes. It hangs above my desk where I generally paint my nails.

The desk top extends to the left and that is where I have my Melmer sitting. On top of that is my exhibit project which has been entered in an art show to be held in March.

The top drawer to my Melmer is total chaos. It has my stamping plates, toe seperators, extra files, cuticle cream, loose false nails, etc.

2nd drawer of the Melmer contains my neglected polishes. These are ones that I don’t use because I don’t like them or have a better dupe. This drawer is the one my friends go shopping in when they come over. 🙂
(61 polishes)

The bottom drawer of the Melmer is where I keep new polishes that I haven’t swatched yet, frankens, back up bottles, and nail art pens.
(35 polishes)

Then I have a shoebox size storage box on a bottom shelf filled with frankening supplies. I have 54 polishes in there that are glitters or polishes I don’t mind wasting on frankens if they turn out badly. In there I also keep any bottles of polish I manage to empty so that I can franken into them in the future. I have 11 empties right now.

How do you like my updated status on my stash? How many polishes do you have?

FAQ – Acrylic Paints? Tools? Etc

I’ve received so many questions about my use of acrylic paints. This video will hopefully help answer many of those questions. 🙂
What type of brushes do you use?
What kind of dotting tool?
Where can you shop for these tools?
Any special tricks?
I mentioned Robin Moses’ tutorial for cutting down your paintbrushes. Here it is.
The Born Pretty Store has brushes here for $2.29; dotting tools here for $4.74.
They offer free shipping worldwide, and use my discount code for 10% off!

How Do I Do It?

Oh my goodness! This has been the foremost question asked since I started the cartoon series. And I’d like to use this post to address the most frequently asked questions.
  1. How do you do this? The fairies come in at night and take care of it all. I just have to take pictures in the morning when I wake up. 🙂 Nah, it takes a lot of practice and patience. If you look back to some of my first blog posts…. I did not have these “mad skills” if ya know what I mean.
  2. Do you use acrylic paint? Yes and no. Yes I use acrylic paint, but not exclusively. Most of the colors are from nail polishes. I do like to use acrylic paint when it comes to skin tone, black, and white. The reason being, I feel like I can create smaller outlines with black acrylic paint. Also white acrylic paint seems more opaque than polish. When I use acrylic paint, I use whatever brand I already have on hand. Usually the cheapest I could find in the store. 69 cents per 60mL bottle…. You can’t get any better than that!
  3. Do I use different sized paintbrushes? Yes. I have a few different sizes that I use for different parts. Refer to photo. (A) works best for long, thin outlines. (B) ~FAVE~ works great with outlines. (C) used for filling in large areas of a design (D&E) ~FAVE~ virtually the exact same brush, I just happen to have two. Great for small areas where I can have better control with the shorter bristles. If I needed to I could make it by with only B & D (or E).
I’ll keep you in suspense for a few days until I catch up to this WB cartoon mani…. 😉
     4. As you can see on A&B I have cut some of the bristles away to make the brush thinner. I did this following Robin Moses’ great video tutorial you can check out here. It really makes a difference!
    5. Can you do (such and such) cartoon? I sure hope so! At least I think I can. I’m gaining confidence from hearing everyone’s positive responses. It’s encouraging me to try more and more designs. Some might turn out not so great, but I’ll show them to you anyway just so you can see I’m not perfect by any means!
Kitty Cam Spam!
Wally was too curious when I was trying to take pics of my brushes. He is always right in the way of things, but it was too cute to pass up taking pics and showing you guys! Look at those pretty green eyes!
That’s my boo! 🙂

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