Saturday, 20 March 2010

Introduction to Nail Art Brush (Part 2)

Few weeks ago, we introduced the use of nail art brushes in different shapes for painting. These brushes are mainly used for 2D nail art, i.e. they can be used with both UV Gel and acrylic paint to make flat painting. If you want to do more fascinating nails with 3-D nail art, 3D nail art brushes we are going to introduce this week is definitely a MUST HAVE tool for 3D sculpture!

(left: 3D on the nail ; right: 3D in the nail )
There are 2 main ways to do 3Ds, i.e. directly on the nail or on an aluminium foil. If directly made on the nail, the 3D is always thin in size and buried under a layer of crystal clear UV gel or acrylic. Bigger 3Ds are always stuck on the nail surface instead. They should be done on an aluminium foil first in order not to ruin the nail.

Unlike brushes for flat painting, all nail art brushes for 3D sculpture have the same shape, i.e. a round body with sharp end. The fattest part of the brush tip will absorb and save the most liquid when soaked in acrylic liquid, while the sharp end of the brush tip minimizes the acrylic liquid, so that it can create a small ball when dipping into the acrylic powder. You may then use the brushes in different sizes to make different details of the 3Ds.

Now let us show how to make an acrylic candy with a few simple steps:

1. Soak the brush with acrylic liquid, then dip into light pink acrylic powder to make a small ball.

2. Put the “ball” onto a piece of aluminium foil. Repeat the same step with white acrylic powder to cover and enlarge the light pink ball in step 1.

3. Use another brush to mix acrylic liquid with rosy pink acrylic. Put the mixture at both sides of the light pink ball. Use a smaller brush to sculpture the mixture into triangle shape and the smallest brush to create details on top.

4. Finish this cute 3D candy by making a few more small dots on the surface with rosy pink acrylic paint As you can see, it’s easy to design your own fabulous nail art 3Ds.

There are far more 3D designs with colourful acrylic powder! If you want to learn more about the use of acrylic, you may refer to our nail art book to get more inspiration!

Recommended products for making 3Ds:

6 Acrylic False Nail Art UV Gel Wooden Sable Brush Set

12 Color Nail Art Acrylic dust Powder kit 4 nail Tips

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