Nail Polish String Art

21 Jun

I’ve seen this technique done a time or two, but haven’t really found a name for it.  I’ve decided to call it string art, at least until I hear otherwise.  I first saw this technique done by The Polish Well.  Again, this was one of those manis that boggled my mind.  It’s not too difficult, but pretty time consuming.

Basically you drop some polish on to a piece of paper or something, let it sit until it starts to get gloppy and stringy, then start stringing it across your nails.  It takes a long time!  But the result is pretty freaking cool.

The first three pictures are with no top coat.  I preferred it with no top coat, but knew that it would take forever to dry and wanted to protect it.

This last picture is with top coat.  I first tried Jordana Quick Shine top coat on my pinkie and didn’t like the way it made the design look.  That top coat is so thick (very similar to Seche Vite) that I feel like it made the design look blurry.  For the rest of my nails I used Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.  It’s much thinner, which let more of the texture and dimension of the design show through.  I love the end result of this string art technique.  I for sure want to try it again and maybe see if I can make it work without a top coat.

For this manicure I used Sally Hansen White On, Orly Green Apple, Revlon Peachy and China Glaze For Audrey.


12 Responses to “Nail Polish String Art”

  1. Amanda (Mae) June 21, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Looks great! You are allways mastering the latest trend!i love your blog

    • TopCoatIt June 21, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Oh thanks Amanda! I’m happy you like it!

  2. triztron June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I love that colour combo! I’ve done this technique twice now and I freakin LOOOOOOOVE how easy it is! When I first came across it, it was referred to as “Spun Sugar.” Since then I’ve seen it a lot more under a different name.

    • TopCoatIt June 21, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks Triztron! I actually thought of spun sugar when I was doing it. 🙂

  3. MariJo June 21, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    I really love this look, but I actually prefer it with the top coat! Love the colors you used.

    • TopCoatIt June 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Really? I love the texture without a top coat. Thanks!

  4. Taya June 21, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    It looks so cool. I’ve done it too before, but mine looked more mesy. But it’s so cool, I just couldn’t stop starring at my nails, when I wore it.

    • TopCoatIt June 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      I do that too. 🙂

  5. Meredith June 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    This looks amazing!

  6. Raggio di Luna June 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Very, very interesting and well done! I think if I try it I will make a big mess…but I would definitely have to try it! 🙂 I like the choice of colours! 🙂

  7. emiklio June 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I just discovered you on tumblr and pinned pretty much all of your designs on my pinterest…and i mean all of them, haha. I’m going to try out a bunch of your manicures, they are super cool 😀 and you are very talented, all your nail art is so clean and professional-looking.

    • TopCoatIt June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      I’m flattered! Thank you so much!!

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