Thursday, January 17, 2013

New31DC: Day 17 - New Technique


Hey-hey!  So today's theme is quite fun, it is Try A New Technique.  I chose to try the acid wash technique, which involves layering a few different colors and then removing some sections with acetone.

(Sorry about the hair that is stuck in one of my nails, this is the hazards of pet ownership and I didn't see it until after I looked at these photos!)


So, to start this mani I did 2 coats of MASH Nail Art Polish in White, and one thick coat of Essie Good To Go.  It is important to let the base dry so that you don't eat completely down to your bare nail when you use the acetone.  All the colors I used for this mani are from last year's China Glaze Electropop collection.

On most of my nails I layered one coat of Fuchsia Fanatic, followed by one thin coat of Aquadelic, and one thin coat of Dance Baby.  On my ring finger I layered one coat of  Gothic Lolita, one coat of Electric Beat, and one coat of Dance Baby.  I didn't use any untrieds for this mani, but I just couldn't resist using this collection because they compliment each other so well.  (I have almost all the colors from Electropop and they are all wonderful!)


For the removal of the colors I used a small flat paintbrush.  I attempted this with a qtip at first but I wasn't really happy with the amount of control I had over that, so I switched to the brush and that was much easier for me.  I could use lighter pressure to just remove the top layer or press harder to get down to the white base.


So what technique are you waiting to try out?  I've got the water spotted nails on my list of things to do as well!

16 comments:

  1. lovely - really pretty (rather than grungey) version xxx

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  2. I like it! I've had this sort of thing happen during polish removal and ended up admiring the layers. I've always said I should do something like this but then I never do. =P

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  3. Super pretty! I need to try this

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  4. This is actually the first time I've seen this technique! It's really interesting!

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  5. this is awesome! someone else's acid wash nails had a hair too...lol

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  6. Oh wow, I love it!!! So girly ;-) truly gorgeous!!!

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  7. These are freaking awesome! I just love the different colors peeking through. And I get my dogs hair stuck on my nails all the time! It hides until I take pictures, then I'm like - whoa!

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  8. Never heard of this technique before, it looks really cool!

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  9. It went out pretty good. Love the colors you used. Kisses.

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  10. Good explanation on this acid-wash or acetone reveal (have heard it called both) and also lead in to how to do a water-color mani. The first one I tried of this also came out like yours thou I used different shades. I have done a few more since then and now work my brush more and try to come up with different designs. It's really a fun look and folks grab your hand and wonder how you did it - I was into nails in a big way in the 80's when we were first introduced to acrylic nails and went religiously for our fills and repairs chronically...I think I knew the nail tech better than my best friends! Back then we did a technique that looked a lot like this but it was done with the big hit back then - an airbrush for nail art! I had flames and scotch tape manis of today back then were called stencil design nails.

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  11. tried this for my 31 day recreate (one of the seven I've bookmarked so far!) and mine was a fail! Big fat fail, but I will post it.

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  12. Thank you for explaining this so well, I've done my try (it's on my blog), it was terrible, but still fun.

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  13. Great job! I love your color choice :)

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