I wanted to grind my skill in creating the ombre (gradient) effect, and experiment with making french tips–so I did a little bit of both.
Here’s what the ombre looked like before I added the tips. Note that the gradient is subtle; I picked colors that were very similar and didn’t get quite the shocking effect I’d hoped for.
Live and learn. Though using a matte finish on top of a glitter base color was pretty awesome. I’ll do a tutorial post on creating the ombre effect in a couple of days.
Once the base coat was completely dry, I slapped on some scotch tape and painted white tips. For some reason, the instruction sheet for my french tips sticker guides (not worth getting–just use tape) says to let the white dry before ripping off the tape, but I found that created a gooey effect on the edges. Taking it off when the paint is still wet gave me a cleaner finish.
For this design I used:
– Orly Sweet Peacock (base coat)
– Orly Hang Ten (gradient)
– Finger Paints Paper Mâché (tips)