How-to Create Freehand Graphic Nail Art Two Ways

Friday, September 26, 2014
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Whenever I see more complex nail art, my artsy-fartsy side is intrigued. It was only a matter of time before I gave it a try myself. The photos above are my first two attempts at freehand nail art. I used different tools and techniques for each and I'm pretty happy with the way both turned out. I did the black and white manicure on my niece and we copied the patterns off one of her cute shirts. For my own nails, I based the design on an image I found on Pinterest. The best part about this type of nail art is that you can find your inspiration wherever you like.

More about how I created these freehand nail art designs is after the jump.

Freehand Nail Art

For both designs, you will need start by shaping your nails, pushing back cuticles, and applying a base coat.

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Next, you will apply two coats of your base color. For both of these designs, I used Essie Nail Polish in Blanc.

Method #1  - Nail Design Pen

Using a nail art pen is really fast and easy but you have less control and it's tough to create sharp or thin lines.

IMG_6884After painting nails white, I used a Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black to freehand draw the designs.

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It's just that easy! Just doodle away.

Method #2 - Nail Art Striping Brush

Using a nail art striping brush takes a bit more time but they can create both thin and thick lines with precision.

freehand-nail-art (3 of 15)1. After painting nails with your base color and allowing it to completely dry, lightly trace your pattern onto nails with a pencil.

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2. Place a dab of your first color onto a piece of wax paper or tin foil. Dip a nail art striping brush (I used the Small Bamboo Nail Art Brush from Born Pretty) into the polish and paint in random sections of your design.

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3. Clean your brush with nail polish remover and repeat with all the desired colors. This part doesn't have to be so perfect since we will cover the edges with black striping.

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4. Use your striping brush to paint on your black lines in varying widths.

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5. Use an orangewood stick wrapped with a little cotton dipped in nail polish remover to clean up and mistakes.

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6. Apply a top coat to all nails.

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It was bit more challenging to do my right hand but I think it still looks pretty cool!

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