3 Step Tuesday Nail Art – Gradient Paisley Stamp
Hey hey! Today I have a fun mani to show you. I’ve been playing around with gradients (ombres? gradients? gradient ombres?) for a while now, and I wanted to do something fun with my big new Mochi stamper from Bundle Monster. It’s super fun! A bit of a learning curve, I think, but I will keep playing with it. On to this weeks 3 Step Tuesday Nail Art tutorial!
1) Cosmetic Sponge
2) Big Mochi Stamper
3) Plate of any kind, I obviously used paisley. This is MoYou London Fashionista Collection plate 11
4) Nail Barrier. I used Glisten & Glow CTL ALT DEL
5) Five nail colors in any color, going from dark to light. I obviously used pink( <3 ) by Fair Maiden, because they make awesome polishes in a pink color 🙂 L-R Total Eclipse of the Heart, Life of the Party, Dance Up On Me, Careless Whisper, Once Upon a Dream. I only used 5 because I didn’t gradient my thumb, so if you want to create a gradient to your thumb you’ll need six colors.
Get your base! I chose to do a white base for this look, because it’s easier to gradient over a color rather than try to do it on a bare nail. It makes for less coats, and an easier way to see your gradient. Once your base dries, slap on your nail barrier!
Next, use your cosmetic sponge to get your gradient. I wanted to do a side to side gradient to show the lighter to dark, which is easy to do with your sponge. I used both sides of my sponge in order to cut down on waste. It’s not perfect, but neither is life and I like it just fine 🙂
1) Slowly spread one line of color on the sponge. Immediately adjacent to that line, spread the next lighter shade of polish so that the colors are touching. Gently squeeze the sponge to soak up some of the polish. Repeat, then roll the sponge onto your nail with slight pressure, repeating a few times to get the blurred look between the colors. Repeat as necessary to get desired color coverage, then do the same with the next two colors in line.
And Stamp! You can use any pattern or stamper that you want, I was just excited to use the Mochi stamper. I used my Konad black stamping polish over the plate, scraped the excess, then rolled the Mochi stamper over top of the plate. It didn’t pick up with the cleanest lines, but I wanted this to be a very first ‘usage’ post to show what results you can get without doing anything too crazy. And, this is it! The stamp stayed on the Mochi head for a decent amount of time, enough for me to pick and choose where to place my fingers. This is what the aftermath looks like:
See what I mean about not the cleanest lines? But, that’s ok, because I know that I’ll get better with practice. Also, don’t use acetone on this! My friend The Polished Hippy had an unfortunate accident with hers 🙁
So, there ya have it! What did you think of this weeks 3 step Tuesday nail art? Do any of you have the Mochi Stamper yet?