Friday, 10 May 2013

Relaxed 31DC Week 11: Polka Dots

Greetings All!

It's Double Challenge Friday! I like doing two nail art posts on the same day - makes me feel like I've been doing well, keeping up with my nail art. And I don't feel as guilty posting plain swatches on other days!

Later on is the Girly Girl Challenge, but for now, the (very) relaxed version of the 31 day challenge, hosted by Rambles of a Polish Addict. The theme this week is polka dots. I'm not very good at polka dots - I can do, like, random dotted manicures, but I can't seem to get the precision right for polka dots. They all have to be the same size, and in a uniform pattern (at least they do to me!)

I've tried stamping them, but that didn't work out too well either! So in the end I did them freehand and they're OK, but they're far from perfect!

I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow, then randomly sponged on the five polishes from the Models Own Fruit Pastel collection for a dreamy background. I then dotted on some Boots No7 in So Simple.

The dots aren't the same size, or even the same shape, and they aren't in a nice neat pattern. So I consider this a bit of a fail, even though that pastel sponging is blooming lovely! I should have taken a picture of it plain! As I said, I think it looks ok, but not great. I would say I need more practice, but I've been using dotting tools for longer than brushes, and I just can't seem to get the hang of it! I concentrate, I use good lighting, I clean my dotting tool after each dot, and I change the polish when it gets stringy, it's just a skill that eludes me. Ah well, it's a small part of life!

I'm sure the other ladies have some much better dots!


  1. It's really nice to see a soft colour dotted over pastels rather than a harsh neon or black. I dont think this is a fail!

  2. Love these! Especially the color combo.

  3. I think they look great! I too struggle a bit with dotting. Unless it is super random I stamp my dots because for some reason I mess them up.

  4. I love the colour combination here! And I prefer to see dots in a random fashion, rather than all the same size and in straight lines. So I don't consider this mani a fail at all!


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