Category Archives: watercolour paint

Witch Mona Lisa…

Hey there! I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was just too tired to complete these nails. Last year for Halloween I did Goth Mona Lisa, so this year I wanted to paint her cousin Witch Mona Lisa. I used this image to make a waterslide decal, by printing the image onto waterslide decal paper. You can read more on how to make your own decals here.


I have no idea who created this version of Leonardo’s classic painting, so I can’t give credit. I love how she is holding a broomstick! The other three nails I’ve painted first with watercolour, but that didn’t seem to be working too well. So then I switched to polish.

Witch Mona Lisa 2

I’ve also painted the “pr0per” Mona Lisa once, you can see her here.


Filed under Halloween, handpainted nail art, watercolour paint

Marie Antoinette…

I had many ideas for the theme historical, but thought it would be fun to go with Marie Antoinette. I used this picture from the movie for inspiration.


This was a very challenging portrait to paint and it didn’t help that I decided to make the shadows lighter and give it more of a painterly look halfway through! Every time I paint a tiny portrait, I swear its the last!

Marie Antoinette

For the Marie Antoinette nail I started with a base of OPI “Diva of Geneva” and stamped with Essence “Gold Digger” and Messy Mansion plate MM06. Marie is painted with polish, watercolour and acrylic paint. For the other nails, I used the colours from the movie as inspiration and painted decorative Rococo like swirls in leadlighting craft paint! I like the golden swirls, they give the effect I wanted. As for Marie Antoinette…off with her head! Oh wrong movie 😉


Filed under Fake nails, handpainted nail art, Messy Mansion plates, Stamping, Time periods, watercolour paint


This challenge is very challenging! So many posts, so little time! I took inspiration from this painting by Megan Duncanson called “Home On The Hill”.


I love the swirling colours, the shapes, the lines, its a great playful image and it was fun to paint on nails. For this design, I have mixed together half watercolour paint and half acrylic paint. This was to get the properties of both paints, the acrylic flows nicely and is quite opaque, but once its dry cannot be re-wet. Whereas the watercolour paint can be re-moistened when it is dry.

Abstract 2

This design is painted on fake nails, over a base of white matte polish. I find if your base is high gloss then the paint doesn’t want to stick. You can see more of Megan’s work on her facebook page or her Etsy store. Back soon with “watercolour”.


Filed under Artists Challenge, Fake nails, Fun!, handpainted nail art, watercolour paint

My first tutorial….

I think this deserves its own special post…..I made a tutorial for the background landscape nails in the Goth Mona Lisa mani. I hope it is clear, I am trying to show it is easy to create this look and with a bit of know how that anyone can do it!


Filed under Decal, Fun!, Halloween, handpainted nail art, Tutorial, watercolour paint

Abigail Larson…

We are wrapping up the artist challenge with, “Your favourite artist”. While I don’t really have a favourite artist (its like choosing a favourite polish!) and we have already done many whose work I admire, I thought I’d go for a modern day artist who paints in a dark style. That’s the best way I can describe her work and subject matter.


The name of this painting is “Dracula Calls”, I love the swirling lines and thought that it would translate to nails quite well. You can see more of Abigail’s amazing work on her website. So in keeping with the style I choose to only use watercolour paint for this, over a base of OPI “My Vampire Is Buff” on fake nails and sealed it all with matte top coat.

Abigail Larson


Filed under Artists Challenge, handpainted nail art, watercolour paint