MOMA On Your Nails II: Jackson Pollock

Hey guess what? It’s Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday, Friday…and I work through Sunday. And Memorial Day. Bummer, right?

I know y’all feel me pain. (ACTUALLY YOU DON’T YOU GOING TO DO FUN THINGS WITH YOUR 4 DAY WEEKEND.)

ImageAt least I have a fabulous manicure…inspired by Jackson Pollock, no less. 

I used a nail-stamping system from a company called Konad to achieve this look. You kinda need it..so if you’re not willing to order it (or don’t have one already) this tutorial might not be very useful. You can find the materials at http://www.konadnailart.com/. They’re really not too expensive. I read another tutorial that suggested blowing polish through a straw to create splatters, but..um..you do realize this shit is poison, right? And I don’t mean in an “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” kind of way. (Although too much Bret Micheals can negatively affect your health. Or any.) Point: don’t breathe paint fumes, kids. 

Tools ‘o The Trade: Konad stamping kit, specifically plate m21, which has a splatter pattern. Nail polish in a bunch of crazy colors. Don’t worry about clashing, this is Pollock we’re talking about. I used LA Girl Matte Indigo, Wet ‘n Wild megalast in Red Tape and Sunny Side Up, Sally Hansen insta-dry in Lickety-Split Lime and Pacific Blue, Konad’s black polish, NYC French White, Jesse’s Girl in Wild Thing. 

1. Base coat: I used 2 coats of French White. A light color will work better for this. Silver or light grey might be cool as well. Let dry.

Image2. Splatters! To use the stamp, spread nail polish over the plate, scrape off excess, and roll the rubber stamp over the design (firmly.) Quickly roll the design onto your nail. It takes a couple tries to get it right, but it really is easier than it sounds! You can find detailed instructions on Konad’s website. Let dry, and keep layering splatters until it looks as crazy as you’re comfortable with.

3. Let dry and apply topcoat, using as few brushstrokes as possible to minimize smearing. 

Image4. How neat is that?!

 

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