Today’s post marks a lot of firsts.
- My first mani post of 2014.
- My first mani post as Dream Wanders.
- The first time I’ve tried out the pond effect nail art.
- The first time I’m posting mani photos taken with my new Canon EOS 100D camera.
Ever since I saw photos of some pond flowers nail art, I’ve been wanting to try it. And when I tried China Glaze Isle See You Later and Keepin’ it Teal, I thought the very sheer water finish would be perfect for this effect.
Of course, being a procrastinator, I never got round to trying it. However, during dinner with some of my Singapore nail girls last night, I mentioned this effect. I woke up this morning determined to finally give this a go and this was the result.
For those who are not familiar with this effect, it’s basically a twist on the jelly-glitter sandwich. I don’t know who first did it though. What I did was paint one layer of the jelly/water polish, dot on one flower with white creme, add another layer of jelly/water, dot another flower, and so on until I had enough flowers.
What this is supposed to create is the effect of flowers floating in a pond at different depths. I have to say this mani looked better in my head. Maybe it’s because the jelly/water is so sheer and it did not look as “layered” as I’d hoped. Nevertheless, I’m still glad I’ve finally tried it and it’s looking for cheery on my nails.
I took the photos in the sun. As the jelly/water shades are neon, it’s not easy to capture their actual bright colours.
I hope you don’t mind the bubbles and dragging. I wasn’t particularly patient in waiting between layers. I actually think the tiny bubbles make it look even more like a pond.
Have you tried this effect before? Are there techniques and jelly polish shades you’ve had successes with that you can share with me?