Fall Dots (Attempt 1) – Nail Art

I thought this design would end up looking like an abstract pile of leaves. It didn’t. Instead, it looks like some kind of failed leopard print. I ended up covering it with a new design right after it dried. I am probably going to redo this design with larger more even dots without the intent to make them look like leaves, just dots in fall colors.

For now, here’s the Fall Dots Attempt #1, and a tutorial in case someone out there likes it, or just wants to know what not to do.

Fall Dots Attempt 1 by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

What it actually looked like.
You can’t see the gold dots at all.

Sketch of Fall Dots Attempt 1 by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Poorly photographed sketch of what I thought the design would look like

What I used:

Supplies for Fall Dots Attempt 1 by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

  • black plastic paintbrush for white glue base
  • Blush by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • Chocolate by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • Quicksand by Maybelline New York
  • Wet Sand by Maybelline New York
  • generic quick dry top coat

What I did:

Step 1: Apply white glue base coat. This is the last time I am doing this on my fingers unless I only want the design to last one day. I’m just not careful enough with my nails to make this last any longer. However, it’s great for toenails, but if I am going to want it to last a few weeks I will be sure to use a normal base coat.

Step 2: When base coat’s dry, apply two coats of Blush by e.l.f.

Step 3: Make random dots/tiny smears along the free edge part of the nail, and up one side, first using Chocolate, then Quicksand, then Wet Sand. When you add the next color of dots, overlap them a little bit.

Step 4: Top coat. Let dry.

[This was covered with Diagonal Autumn Tips]

See all the posts in this series:

  1. Fall Dots (Attempt #1) = Fail (this post)
  2. Diagonal Autumn Tips
  3. Gold Gradient
  4. Gold with Black Swirls
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