Spring is in the air… And now that song is in my head… And now I’m singing “that song is in my head” to the tune of “spring is in the air” and now you are too! Let’s move on, shall we, and pretend this never happened…
So, it’s spring now. In that spirit, I’ve gone for a nice flowery nail design, inspired by the gardens of Pemberley. This is a bit more of an advanced design. It’s probably not one I would recommend for total beginners, but if you’re game, why not give it a try?! You can absolutely make it your own. Choose your favorite type of flowers, a mix of them or just ones you think would be easy to recreate on a nail. Make them detailed or abstract, doesn’t really matter! Whatever you think will look nice. 🙂
- green polish
- floral shades of polish
- nail brushes and/or stylus
- I like to start with a neutral or white base for the flowers to stand out against. You can do it right on top of your clear base coat if you want, as I did, or use a neutral polish color for the background. Get creative!
- I find it’s easiest to start with the stems and add the petals on after. I also added a green strip at the tip of the nail to seem like a grassy area. Paint a few stems onto each nail. Don’t crowd them together too much; leave room for the flowers! You can always add more.
- Once the stems have dried, start painting on the petals in your chosen color(s). If you’re doing more than one color, wait for each one to dry before switching to a new shade.
- If it’s looking a little sparse, add in a few more stems and/or flowers to fill in big gaps. I also went through with another color of green and added some grass here and there to add a little depth.
- Be very sure that all areas are completely dry before doing your top coat on this design. These colors will bleed together very easily since you are working with many different ones on one nail. You don’t want to ruin all your effort! I always suggest getting a generous amount of top coat on the brush and almost patting it on over the whole nail, rather than dragging it as you normally would. Once the whole nail has a layer over it, you can smooth it out. It helps to protect your hard work underneath. 🙂
I would love to see all the gardens growing on your fingertips! If you try out a floral design this spring, post a photo on Instagram and tag me so I can see it! Bonus points if you post it with an Austen book!