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Step by step Linderman Island….

Hello lovelies, I don’t know if anyone is interested, but I thought I would show you the steps to painting the Linderman nails. I find it interesting to see others’ work develop and then you think…”So that’s how its done!” My photos are not the greatest, I was too absorbed in painting to get up and use the lightbox. So if you would like to see more step by step in better detail, just let me know and I’ll try to take better photos. I believe ANYONE can learn to paint/draw, its a matter of looking at what you see and knowing how to use your materials.  I apologize for the MASSIVE FONT!!!! Last time I did a step by step it was that small that ants could read it!

Snapshot 2 (5-04-2014 12-45 AM)

I have done this because I needed a base colour to start with and then realised it was way too dark.

Snapshot 3 (5-04-2014 12-58 AM)

I have also used touches of white watercolour. If you work with the paint wet, then the colours run together and blend almost by themselves.

Snapshot 4 (5-04-2014 1-05 AM)

I think I used A-England “St. George”.

Snapshot 5 (5-04-2014 1-11 AM)

This cheap translucent aqua went so well over the blue, it created the perfect tone of tropical water. I usually hate translucent polish, anything more than 2 coats, is one too many!! But this polish showed me how good a translucent polish is.

Snapshot 6 (5-04-2014 1-13 AM)

This was Lilypad Lacquer “Spearmint Leaves”, just released from Mt. Untried.

Snapshot 7 (5-04-2014 1-19 AM)

No special colours were used here, a deep bottle green and a grass green. Nails are starting to look very dark and murky.

Snapshot 8 (5-04-2014 1-22 AM)

Adding some much needed grass green to the land.

Snapshot 9 (5-04-2014 1-23 AM)

Apply the dots as trees in the direct that the land falls. Adding some foreground trees to create distance.

Snapshot 10 (5-04-2014 1-26 AM)

Finally many strokes of colour were sparingly flicked here and there to imitate grass. The trunk of the grass tree is painted in chocolate brown, I find that black is too “hollow” and doesn’t give the look of a three dimensional object. At this point, I really thought about giving up, the grass tree was just not happening. I persevered and really studied the way the leaves were going. I learnt with this picture, less really is more.  A few strokes in the right places made all the difference. Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think. Are you interested to see step by step posts? Did you learn anything? Do you want to see more? Is the format really bad? Is there a better program I could edit in? I don’t mind if your comments are negative, this can just help me improve. I would like to inspire and teach others as much as I can. Til next time….May the polish be with you!



Filed under Fake nails, handpainted nail art, Tutorial

Lacquer Legion…lucky

Hello laqueristas, well like usual I was pretty stumped for this month’s prompt. I wouldn’t say I’m a lucky person as such, but I wouldn’t say I’m unlucky either. So then I thought about all the things that I was grateful for in my life, there are a great deal, but none of them screamed nail art. I kept coming back to the happiest time of my life, which was when I worked and lived on Lindeman Island (Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia).  As you can imagine it would be paradise to live on a tropical island with views like this…. Source photo. 


To get to this view was an hour walk through rain forest to reach the highest peak on the island, Mt Oldfield. But what a walk and what a view!! So for 4 years this was my backyard as well as many secluded beaches. What really made it heavenly was my wonderful boyfriend at the time and the adventures we would have kayaking, fishing, camping and exploring. Like anything there were downsides, but I’m going to keep this post positive and not tell you about them! In the end the downsides were why I left.

Lindo 1

This scene would have to be one of my favourites on the island and I’ve based these nails on a few of my own photos, in regards to colour and composition. I’ve painted on fake nails using only nail polish, except for the clouds (watercolour paint) and the black “bullrushes” (nail art pen). The tree/bush is called a grass tree and the black bullrushes are in fact its flowers, they start off covered in small cream flowers and go black over time.

Lindo 2

I did discover that a pale blue holographic polish imitates the beautiful dancing reflections of the sun on the ocean very well.

Lindo 3

I hope you have enjoyed my Lindeman story, it seems almost surreal looking back. I was grateful and lucky to have had this experience, when by chance I went into a job agency searching for work and ended up cooking on an island! I would not change one minute of it. Til next time, may the luck be with you.


Filed under Fake nails, handpainted nail art, Lacquer Legion