This is a combination of an amazing gradient technique which I learned from The Nailasaurus, some hand painted nail art with acrylic paints, and my very own glitter topcoat called "My Three Glitters!"
I started by painting my nails light pink with Butter London Teddy Girl. It was a little bare in spots with two coats, but I didn't mind since I was going to do a gradient over it anyway. Click here to see a great tutorial by The Nailasaurus on how to accomplish this easy gradient technique. I was able to do this on my very first try!
Here are the colors I used for my gradient, and oops, they are in the wrong order. Butter London Teddy Girl, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speedy Sunburst, and OPI Elephantastic Pink. I actually used them in this order: Teddy Girl, Elephantastic Pink, Speedy Sunburst. This made for a very gradual gradient with lots of oomph!
Then I started on HK herself. Here you can see the white and black parts filled in on her head and body. Using acrylic paints makes it much easier to get smooth lines and to fix errors.
Next I added facial features (the few she actually has), whiskers, and her little buttons on her dress. Then I turned her into an adorable little NERD!
This is a sticker of nerdy/1950s era Hello Kitty. She's got big ol glasses on and cute tenny runners. I found this sticker at the Sanrio store in San Francisco's Japantown. I LOVE that store, and I have to be careful when I go there or else I come home with an empty bank account, LOL.
Finally, to add dimension and fun to this mani, I topped all of my other nails with my Sonoma Nail Art glitter topcoat called "My Three Glitters". It is a black and white topcoat with white squares and black diamonds and has a fun retro feel to it. Then I topped everything with Seche Vite.
My Three Glitter is inspired by one-time Sonoma County resident Fred MacMurray who had a ranch here. One of his most popular roles was the dad in the television series My Three Sons. My friend Sarah from Chalkboard Nails helped me design this label and I really love it! I do have more bottles of this polish available from my last etsy sale. You can buy them here if you haven't picked up this color yet. I like the way the fun squares and diamonds in this mix make the polish a little different than the other black and white topcoats out there. Have a great week polish friends!
Love this! SOO Cute!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I think it turned out really well! :)Delete
Aww a nerdy Hello Kitty! Way too cute!ReplyDelete
She's still adorable as a nerd. :DDelete
This is amazing! So adorable!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Sandra!Delete
holy heck this is the cutest thing i've seen today!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I wonder if you will see something cuter? Baby pandas? A bunny wearing a mini tophat? The possibilities are endless!Delete
That's the most perfect Hello Kitty I've ever seen on a nail. LOVE IT!ReplyDelete
Wow, thank you Isha! I'm telling you, acrylic paints really make it easier to fix your mistakes and rework images until you are happy with them. :)Delete
I love your mani! I wish I was any good at freehand nailart, but I'm totally inspired to try a gradient with a b/w glitters, thank you for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
Of course! Both the gradient technique and black and white topcoats are very easy to do. Don't be intimidated by them. :) My coworkers were flipping out over my mani today, ha ha!Delete
Michelle you rock!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sam! Hugs!Delete
Michelle you are so cute as always. I really can't get enough of your nail art or your polishes!ReplyDelete
Hee hee, thank you so much! That makes me smile. :DDelete
so creative and cute!! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Jodi!Delete
This is so perfect. Just perfect!ReplyDelete
Awww, thanks! That's very kind of you to say!Delete
I love this so much :) I love the black and white glitter and the Hello Kitty is just too adorable :) You are amazing :)ReplyDelete
Hey! This is adorable! The gradient pairs perfectly with it too!ReplyDelete
Just came across your blog. Awesome nail art! Very cute Hello Kitty :)ReplyDelete
Must say you are such a creative and artistic person. Hats off to your love for nail art. Too good :)ReplyDelete
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