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Summer Wine

Hello, folks! Another Friday, another fluid mani. The palette for this week’s #fluidfridayfriends was so gorgeous, based on this inspiration picture:

For this mani, I used Sally Hansen Cherry Fast (fuschia) and Style Is Eternal (blue), Sinful Colors Innocent (green) and a mauve-pink frankenpolish that I mixed up years ago, along with my DIY transforming polish in white. I always find I get great cells with this particular one!

A couple of weeks ago, one of my kind readers requested I do a walk-through of how I make my fluid decals. I’m going to try to do that as well as I can manage.

I begin by laying down a sizeable amount of the colour that is least difficult to remove from the nail – experience has taught me not to use red, blue, black or white since this layer is the base and tends to stain the skin around the nail during application of the decal/clean-up. Here, I used the pink frankenpolish. Next, I dab on haphazard drops of the other colours, finishing with the transforming white polish.

Next, I lightly fold the mat in half over itself, do a quarter turn and repeat the fold. I try and do a gentle fold because smooshing the colours too much tends to overblend and result in muddiness. This week, I also tilted the mat in a few different directions after folding, much like one does with a drip marble. This results in a thinner decal which is easier to apply. Also, tilting tends to stretch out the cells, which is a look I like. This was my first time trying this on the advice of some ladies who participate in this weekly collab, and I will definitely continue to do so because I quite like the final result!

That’s really all. Then I just wait for the decals to dry, at least for a couple of hours. I often make my decals, let them dry fully and store them inside the flaps of stamping plate organizers. This prevents them from drying out too much and leaves them pliable for upto three days. If the decal should ever get too brittle, a layer of top coat works wonders to bring it back to life!

Now for my favourite part: macros of the decals!

Don’t you just love these colours together? I know I do! Although the final mani turned out slightly less bright, I still really like it.

Because this post is already so long, I’ll quickly move on to the macros because who wants more words?!?!!

I think the last two (ring finger and then thumb) are my favourites of the lot. I love how fluid the ring finger turned out!

Then, because I cannot leave well enough alone, I proceeded to ruin a perfectly pretty mani with a terrible choice of stamping pattern:

I used Born Pretty blue stamping polish (BP-BW04, Diana) and Maniology plate-M025. The pattern is altogether too delicate and busy and does not work at all. This came straight off as soon as I had documented this epic fail!

Phew! If you made it till here, I sincerely thank you for your patience. Let me know in the comments what you think of this mani. Have a happy weekend!

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