Sorry for posting this picture with the contest entry... This is the only picture where my index is actually in focus :( I didn't realize until the next day and my index is chipped now
I'm really trying to push myself to try more freehand nail art! I did this as an entry to a nail art contest on Instagram... the theme is black and white but the rules said that other colors could be used as long as black and white are the main colors... so hopefully this qualifies!
This mani was inspired by this "Chinese Black And White Traditional Ink Painting, Plum Blossom On White Background." I actually thought these were cherry blossoms when I saw it on google images... didn't realize it was a different blossom until I went to the website to cite it! image found here
My base is Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. The black and pinks are acrylic paint.
I tried to replicate the look of the ink on paper by putting only a tiny bit of black paint on my brush for certain spots. The brush was almost dry and the paint lightened and tapered off in a few places. This was a lot more obvious before I applied top coat. I think you can see this best on my middle finger, and a bit on my ring finger too.
I found it really difficult to replicate the flowers on my nails. It was difficult to draw them so small and I felt like they just looked like little bows or something. I decided to just do dots in pink to create cherry blossoms instead.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the way my branches came out but I think I definitely need more practice drawing flowers rather than just creating them with dots.
What do you think of this mani? Do you have any tips for freehand nail art? Other than practice of course :)