Then I looked again, and realised I could achieve this look with polish alone by building layers then removing sections. I painted my nails black, then added a nude, then finally a cream colour on top.
I then "burnt away part of this using a cotton bud and nail polish remover. I attacked this with a stiff brush to make the edges less smooth and more ashy.
Finally time for stamping some script over the top. To make the text look more weathered, I mixed a chocolate brown with konad black and swiped the colours together on the plate. (I had to remove the stamp from the burnt away sections on my nails). And a matte top coat finished the look.
After a little more research, I realised I hadn't quite got this right!!!! Click here for a manicure by Copycat Claws using a much simpler, more effective and less time consuming technique!
- Miss Sporty Lasting Colour, 080 Fatal Black (not pictured)
- Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine, Lychee GNP 10
- Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine, Coconut GNP 28
Stamping plate: Moyou London Princess Collection - 11
|Tools of the trade|
|How to burn the parchment|
|Blank burnt parchment|