Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Interlocking Design

Happy Tuesday polished peeps!  Yup, Tuesday, so that means it is time for another Twinsie Tuesday!  Today we are sharing interlocking designs.  Now, two years ago when this blog was still a baby, I did an interlocking manicure which never got posted and since then haven't revisited the idea, so I was super excited to see today's prompt.  Of course, I went in a different direction after seeing next weeks prompt and decided to hold off.  Spoiler alert, I think you now know what my design next week will be....possibly.

Anywho, I decided to go with a puzzle manicure because puzzles interlock!  I've done two or three puzzle manicures on the blog, and each time I created one I loved them.  I'm actually upset I don't visit the idea more often because they're a rather easy and fun look to create.  I think I might have to create a tutorial for them!

I should stop babbling and let you all take a look at my puzzle piece interlocking design!




Colors Used:
  • Ulta - Flamingo
  • INM - Brighella
  • INM - Beatrice
  • Orly - Gumdrop
  • Orly Instant Artist - Black
I started off with a base coat of Orly Flamingo.  I really need to go grab a back up bottle of this because it's literally the perfect pink cream with a very very very VERY subtle shimmer.  It's so bright, cheery, and fun as well.  For me to be saying that is a lot since I don't like pink very often.

When the base was dry, I took my darkest color and with my nail art brush and created a box so to speak which would be the outline for that puzzle piece.  Depending on where the piece was located, I would either fill in the blank area with a dotting tool, or the polish brush itself.  My rule was dotting tool for anything near the cuticle, brush for anything by the tip.  

What I was left with were four colored boxes on my nail.  I dripped a little bit of each color out onto a paper plate and then used a medium sized dotting tool to add the puzzle dots.  So I put a blue dot on the purple, a purple on the mint, a mint on the pink, and a pink onto the blue.  That is what created the interlocking look.

If your lines were super neat, then you don't have to do the next step which is to add the black outline.  I think the design looks good either way, but I personally prefer adding the black outline.  I can be kind of messy, especially when I'm painting my right hand, so it's best for me to add the black.  This time around I just used the striper brush instead of dripping it out and using a nail art brush.  Either way works, just depends on what you're more comfortable with.



I think that the manicure turned out to be super cute.  My top coat is getting a little thick so it's leaving some pesky bubbles behind.  Time to get a new 73ml bottle of Out the Door....or just use the small bottle I always hold in the pictures.  I try to keep that small bottle around for emergency situations...like when I totally forget I ran out of top coat and didn't have time to go to Sally Beauty Supply.  How things re turning out, it seems like that time is coming reaaaally close.

What do you think of the design?  Liking the colors?  Want me to create a tutorial?

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Until next time, <3.