Dr. Martens Floral Inspired

So I’ve been obsessing over these Dr. Martens floral shoes for quite some time now. It never occurred to me to do some nails inspired by them until tonight! I love love love floral prints on nails and I really wanted to go for a more realistic print this time around. I must say…this was a bit time consuming, there’s really no trick to this other than hand painting this design! Here’s the shoes these nails were inspired by:

Oh boy…I used quite a bit of colors in this! I needed to make a “What I Used” image regardless so this image is a bit crowded 🙂

I used Essie Licorice as my base, and really just went on from there using each of these colors.
PS: NCLA Like…Totally Valley Girl is the most perfect and prettiest light pink ever.

One more close up shot:

If you have any questions regarding how I did this feel free to email me – I’d be happy to help!


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  • Tiana January 22, 2013 06.42 am

    These are hand painted? Wow! Beyond Gorgeous!

    • admin January 22, 2013 04.50 pm

      Yep! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Rosie January 22, 2013 10.05 am

    Oh my gracious! When I saw these, I was convinced that they had to be stickers or transfers or something. I can’t believe you painted them! That is some serious talent you have there!!!! They are absolutely gorgeous. I’ll stop gushing now….bargh they’re so PRETTY!

    • admin January 22, 2013 04.49 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Emily Lacquerologist January 22, 2013 12.50 pm

    This is OUTSTANDING! Great work =)

    • admin January 22, 2013 04.49 pm

      Thank you!

  • Esther January 22, 2013 04.32 pm

    Can I ask you what your trick is for drying between colors and coats? Do you use drying drops or a nail dryer? I always get discouraged from doing anything spiffy with my nails because I am impatient. Thanks!

    • admin January 22, 2013 04.49 pm

      I actually don’t wait too long between colors/coats! I’ll start on my pinky and paint each nail to my thumb, and by the time I’m done with that last finger the first finger is dry enough for the next coat 🙂 I’m impatient too!

  • L January 22, 2013 05.45 pm

    Holy %$*&(YPUILG! I though these were nail decals. Seen on tumblr btw

  • Gaëlle January 22, 2013 10.51 pm

    Waow, I’m speechless! This is such great work, i thought it was done with acrylic paint!

    I have one question if you don’t mind: how do you make your colors pop out so much on a black base? Do you put white first and then paint the colors onto it?

    Thanks for enlightening me!

    • admin January 23, 2013 07.29 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Luckily these colors were very opaque so I didn’t need to use a white base. If that happens though I use a white base and it really helps!

  • rei January 23, 2013 02.12 am

    PLEASE do a tutorial on this. Because it looks like a freakin water decal oh my gosh. I’m sure others would like to know how you did it so dang perfect!!!!!!!

  • Kimberly Dolphin January 24, 2013 05.36 pm

    can you please do a tutorial on how to do the black nail polish with the flower pattern its very pretty and would love to do it for a important date night

  • Amanda January 25, 2013 03.56 pm

    This is phenomenal….holy cow

  • marie January 25, 2013 05.05 pm

    do you a have a nail tutorial video for this nail art ? i honestly think it is amazing and i would to recreate it and see how you did it, thank you 🙂

  • Alex January 28, 2013 04.59 am

    How ya do it?

  • Christabell February 05, 2013 12.40 am

    These are amazing!! Do you have Instagram account?

    • Christabell February 05, 2013 01.08 am

      Never mind I found your Instagram! Loves it!

  • Stella February 09, 2013 04.16 pm

    This is truly amazing, wish I had a steady hand and the concentration for something like this!

    Question: I LOVE doing my nails, but they are really weak and always peeling (ruining my manicure within a day and making me keep them shorter than I’d like). I really don’t want to get gel nails and completely destroy them, but I want them to be be healthy and a nice length (like yours). How do you keep your nails healthy, or are you just naturally blessed with great nails?

    • admin February 11, 2013 10.15 pm

      Thanks so much! I used to have the same exact problem. Every couple of week’s I’ll lightly buff my nails with helps a bit with the peeling. Also use a base coat that has some sort of strengthening power. I love OPI’s Nail Envy line and I’ve recently started using Sally Hansen’s maximum shield base coat which works GREAT! Unfortunately there is no quick fix, but if you take care of them as your nails grow they will eventually get much better! Hope I could help!

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  • Jordan February 13, 2013 08.50 pm

    This is amazing!!! 🙂

  • Mel March 14, 2013 01.22 pm

    Ain’t nobody got time for that!
    Still pretty, though.

  • Victoire Victoria April 26, 2013 03.39 pm

    Hello ! Ton nail art est vraiment top ! J’ai moi-même eu des DocMartens quand j’étais petite ! Des fleuries un peu dans le même style ! J’aimerais bien arriver au même résultat mais je sens que je manque encore de technique 🙂 Encore une fois, très belle manucure!

    Hello ! Your nail art is really amazing ! I got myself the DocMartens when I was a little girl : some floral pattern like yours. I wish I could reach the same result but i feel like I lack the technical yet 🙂 Anyway, beautiful !

    Victoire Victoria

    • admin April 30, 2013 11.08 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Rita May 08, 2013 09.46 am

    It’s freaky awesome — looks like real oil paint

  • Elly May 18, 2013 10.46 pm

    I absolutely love these nails and am trying to do the exact same design, but on none of the pictures above shows how you designed your thumb. Can you give me any advice or suggestions of how you designed your thumb.

  • Tess March 23, 2014 03.44 pm

    i got here through a youtube video inspired by this art!
    so naturally i just went on a mad hunt for the nail colors and look alikes so i can recreate this hopefully! would love if you made a youtube video of this yourself!

  • Misty August 25, 2014 10.55 am

    Wow! These are gorgeous…..how much would u charge ti paint my ties? Lmao but seriously……

  • Bayla Moon December 28, 2014 06.29 pm

    Please get your tutorial out soon! I simply love these nails 🙂

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  • Jonna Toth January 22, 2017 09.03 pm

    I just got these boots yesterday so I am going to try to recreate these nails tomorrow! Hasn’t ever thought of doing this.


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