Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ABC Challenge: Q is for Quilted
Howdy, all! I'm less than excited about my ABC post this week, but I'm putting it up anyway. I own approximately 500 bottles of nail polish and not a single one starts with a 'Q'! Not a one! Somehow, this letter kind of snuck up on me (even though I do, in fact, know the alphabet) and I didn't have time to track down a new polish with a 'Q' so I'm hoping some of the other ladies come up with some good ones.
Anyway, I decided to take a whack at quilted nails. I've seen a few folks do some really cute ones and it didn't look too complicated so I thought, "what the heck!". "Heck", indeed! There are a couple of ways to do the quilted look. The first involves striping tape, of which I have none, so I decided to try the second. Basically, you apply your polish in 2 or more coats, what for it to set but not dry completely and then press diagonal lines into it. You're left with dents (on purpose for once) that form a quilting grid on your nails. You can then add your studs or dots or whatever you like where the lines cross.
Here's how mine looked:
I used 2 coats of Orly Blue Suede, a "leather" finish polish in navy. To press the lines in, I just used a piece of stringing floss from my jewelry stash. In hindsight, using something that has a texture on it to press straight lines probably wasn't the best idea. My lines look really messy and uneven. For the studs, I used some little silver bits I got in one of Cina's holiday gem wheels.
I think the technique has promise, I just don't like this particular manicure. Blue Suede just glopped things up, so maybe a different polish would work better. With 'Q' being such a problem letter, I'm interested to see if anyone else does quilted nails. I'm sure theirs will look light-years better than mine!
Please take a few minutes to check out the other gals in the ABC Challenge, you can find them via the thumbnails below. Thanks for reading!