|Striping tape and dotting tool from Born Pretty|
The great thing about striping tape and dotting tools is that if you don't have them, you can use other things! Regular tape cut into smaller strips, or even cut with patterned craft scissors is fine. Dotting tools can be substituted with toothpicks, kebab sticks, pins, tweezers, you get the picture.
The first thing you want to do is paint your nails with your base colour and let it dry. With all nail art you want a really dry base, so you don't smudge, dent or accidentally remove the base when you start playing around with designs. I used 3 coats of Sky and Fairy Floss. Camo only needed 2 thin coats.
Making stripes requires a wee bit of patience and coordination. Try to space them out as evenly as possible, lay them out straight, and ensure there are no air bubbles separating the tape from your nail. You want an excess of tape on one end so you can pull it off after adding the top layer.
Paint an even layer over the tape! You'll want to use an opaque polish for your overcoat colour so you only need to do 1-2 coats.
You can either use your fingers or tweezers to carefully pull the tape off. One piece at a time! You'll want to do this when the polish is set but not dry - so give it about 30 seconds.
If you don't get the tape even or laid down flat, this is what happens:
|Crooked, smeary mess. Yay!|
For polka dots, since I'm not very coordinated, I used varying levels of pressure to create different sizes, and placed them randomly. There are many different sizes of dotting tools, and they usually come in sets, but I just used the single large size for all my dots.
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This year, there are three awards going for participants of the blogfest. If you want to vote for your favourite, go to Pinterest! I can't wait to see all the other nail art entries, there are some incredibly talented bloggers out there :)