Watercolor Leopard

Watercolor Leopard Nails www.chelseasgetnailed.com

These may possibly be one of my new favorites! I realized I haven’t done animal print nails in so long and I wanted to do something different from the “all-over” animal print. I looked up images of leopards and noticed that they actually have some spots that fade into the typical leopard print pattern, so I incorporated that to give it a more realistic look. Ok I know this design isn’t that realistic…but you get the point πŸ™‚

I started off with a nude base – OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons. I love this polish…goes great with my skin tone and it is very opaque. I added in some colors using the watercolor technique over where I planned to add in the animal prints. The watercolor technique with nail polish looks great on its own or as a background for more complex designs! Its so simple; you paint dots of polish onto your nail and dilute them with a brush dipped in acetone or polish remover.

Using a nail art brush and acrylic paint, I added in the dots and print over the colors. Once it dries, add top coat!

I made a quick little tutorial for instagram yesterday (I love that I can embed this onto my site now! :)):

Enjoy! xoxo


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  • Rebecca (@flailsandnails) July 25, 2013 01.00 pm

    I just love the slight opalescent effect of all the different polishes, gorgeous!

  • Beautylicious July 25, 2013 01.30 pm

    It looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • Tess July 25, 2013 05.57 pm

    Ahhh this is so beautiful! I’m gonna have to try this!

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  • Janeen September 08, 2013 08.12 pm

    Hey! Just finished doing this on myself! Thanks! I love it! Your designs are super unique and funky!


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