Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Nail Art Tutorial - Venture Bros

Guess who had pneumonia -- well walking pneumonia, so it wasn't quite as serious but I still felt horrible.  I'm just at the tail end of it now but I'm feeling much better. 

I painted my nails almost two weeks ago with the intent of posting a nail tutorial but I've been so sick that I haven't been able.  I'm excited that I'm now able to post the nails however, it's not going to be a traditional tutorial as I realized that the designs are a little complicated.  I'm just going to give you some helpful hints for creating your own nail art.

So Venture Bros is my favourite TV show and I honestly can't believe how long it's been around.  It premiered the year I met Dan (I've been with him for 9 years) and it's one of the things we talked about...a lot...when we first met.  A few years ago Dan got me storyboard art with original post-it note drawings for Christmas and it's the second greatest gift I've ever received.  (Arthur was my birthday present so he's number 1...no contest).  The storyboards even have a drawing by Christopher MucCulloch (Jackson Publick), show creator, on the back of one of the pages.

I'm really digressing from the nail art, but here's a picture of me and my awesome present at Christmas.  I was so excited.

So....back to the nail art.  The first thing you should know is that I've painted these on acrylic nails.  I had a hard enough time painting the tiny designs on the acrylics, there would be no way I could paint the Venture Bros side on my actual nails on my right hand.

So some helpful hints if you want to paint your own detailed nail art:

  • Get small brushes.  Dan has some small brushes that he used for miniatures that are perfect for this.  Make sure you don't by super expensive ones if you're using nail polish because the bristles get easily ruined from the nail polish remover you use to clean them.
  • Toothpicks are your friend.  They really help with intricate line work.  Practice on a paper towel because it helps steady your hand and removes the excess polish.
  • Don't be afraid to thin your nail polish with nail polish thinner.  Nail polish isn't like regular paint -- it doesn't flow as easily.  Don't thin too much or it will run.
  • Not your real nails, what's stopping you from using paint?  Some of the Venture Bros nail designs were done with polish and some with water based miniature/model paint.  To use paint, scratch up the acrylic with a nail file so that the paint sticks, paint a white base, and then complete your design.  The important part is the last step, a clear polish top coat.  Once you add the clear coat no one will be able to tell you didn't use nail polish.  Dan knew I was using both mediums and when they were completed he couldn't tell the difference.
  • Don't expect masterpieces or get discouraged.  The Monarch (first picture) was the first nail that I painted and in my opinion it's the best one.  Since I did so well on the first nail, I started to get really frustrated with the rest of the left hand because they weren't looking EXACTLY like the characters.  They're not going to look perfect, just do your best.  Since I was so focused on perfection, the left hand ended up taking 3 hours whereas the right hand, once I gave up on perfection, only took an hour and I really like how the right hand turned out.

The Mighty Monarch
Kevin, Tim-Tom, #21, Mrs. the Monarch
Rusty Venture

Dean, Hank, Sgt. Hatred (Vatred), H.E.L.P.eR

Happy Painting

Alex & Arthur

4 comments:

  1. That's awesome nail art!

    Hmm, I had double pneumonia in the second grade, but I don't really remember it, except for being in the hospital.

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  2. Wow, so detailed! Such a great job!
    I wondered where you'd been! I hope you're feeling much better now and that Mr Arthur has been looking after you <3

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  3. Wow can't believe how detailed this is. i do some nail art myself as well, like rainbows and ladybirds, but this makes me want to go even further!

    x

    Marielle

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