Friday, April 5, 2013

Flower Pictorial

Alright, so I threw together a quick pictorial of the mani I recently was sporting. I'm terrible at explaining things so I apologize for that. I tried to make it as simplified as possible and showed you each step I took.

You'll need dotting tools and preferably a very thin striping brush to create this look, though you might be able to make the thin lines with a toothpick. Steps 1-7 show you how to create the flower, and 8-12 show the leaves. Hope this helps you create a similar look! :) <3 
1. Apply your base color. I always use a top coat between my base color and my nail art. 
2. Create your first petal using a dotting tool or small brush. The location and size of the petal is up to you.
3. Repeat step 2, adding more petals to create your flower shape. I went with 5 petals but play around with a number you like. 
4. Using a dark polish and your dotting tool, add a dot at the center of your flower. 
5. Using the same polish as your base color and a THIN striping brush, create thin lines coming from the very center of your flower out towards the petals. Play around with how many lines you want.
6. Use your smallest dotting tool to add dots to the very end of each of the lines you made in the previous step. 
7. Add a dot of yellow polish at the very center of your flower.

8-9. To create the leaves, draw a thin line away from the flower. This is the stem. The leaves are made up of tiny lines branching off of the original thin line you created. 
10. Add as many leaves in varying colors as you'd like. Mix up the type of leaves and shapes as well if you're feeling up to it. 
11. Using the same base polish color, draw thin lines down the very center of your leaves and stems. 
12. Repeat this proces on every leaf you have drawn. This isn't mandatory, but I think it makes the colors pop a bit more. 
13. Finally, add your favorite top coat AFTER you've waited at least 5-10 minutes for your polish to dry. You don't want to smudge your hard work. 

Here are the tools and brushes that I personally use, but use what works best for you :)
A thin striping brush, a small detail brush, and a dotting tool. I'm looking into new brushes so hopefully soon I'll be able to whip up even more things for you all! 

Let me know if you have any questions, and again, this is merely the way that I chose to create these. Use your imagination and have fun with these. Omit or add any steps you want, and use whatever colors your amazing heart's desire! Have fun :)

Happy polishing! :)


  1. This is so beautiful and girly, Lindsey! The perfect spring mani! <3

  2. That's for the tutorial. I'm going to have to try this, it's so cute :)

  3. that is so awesome! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Colleen LusterLacquerApril 7, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    This is awesome!!! I hope to try something out like this soon! Could you maybe show what brushes you used?

  5. Hey!
    I nominated your for the Liebster Award! I see you already got one, but feel free to check out my post anyway :)

  6. Just added the photo to the post! I had meant to do it with the original one but forgot! ;)

  7. Aww thank you so much!!! I feel so honored :)


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