Thursday, November 19, 2009

Indian Paisley

Hello ladies,

I created another look for you using Migi Nail Art pens. It's also a visual reminder that the last opportunity to enter the contest is the end of the day Friday. I wanted to experiment with a few of the pens I haven't yet tried: purple, aqua, and violet. I have been considering paisley patterns found in henna art as a source of inspiration. 

After doing some tricolor sketches, I began the design with a shimmering white canvas on the nail. I layered China Glaze White Out and the unnamed white glitter from the Borghese Allegra mini kit. With a white base, the violet and aqua colors from Migi read respectively as fuchsia and turquoise. As I was drawing, I realized my idea for a classic winter paisley bought a ticket to a Bollywood movie.

My ever elusive right hand. I am pleased with the finished look considering I drew it freeform using my uncoordinated left hand. 

My ever elusive right thumb. 

Purple, violet and aqua Migi Nail Art pens rest alongside a drowsy faery. 

China Glaze White Out was a fussy diva. The content of  my bottle of Zoya Get Even was ineffectually low. I managed one light coat over Creative Stickey, but could have used two thorough layers to combat the streakiness of White Out. I applied three coats of White Out, satisfied only because it was a layering note. The Borghese mini had a slightly smaller than standard size brush. I found it troubling, but not impossible to handle. I decided on one coat to soften the stark white and add a subtle shimmer. If I weren't using the Migi pens atop the Borghese mini, two coats would have been optimal. I had to paint carefully to get even coverage with one coat. The downsized brush was surprising since the polishes in the Serena mini kit were fitted with full size brushes. 

I had a great time creating the bright paisley designs with the Migi Nail Art pens. I found the violet and the aqua polishes to have a jelly formula. The purple pen drew more defined lines. While I needed to go over the violet and aqua shaded areas for opacity, I loved the stained glass finish of both colors. These pens are part of the Gold Set available for purchase at

I hope these paisley nails brightened your November day. Happy painting, ladies!


  1. I've just been hypnotised by this art! Gorgeous design. I love the colours you have chosen for it they look so pretty against white nails <3

  2. How lovely your nails looks. I can just picture you in a sari and dancing to some wonderful music from a Bollywood musical. I love Shahruhk Khan. He's my favorite Bollywood actor. Love the paisley look on your nails. One of my favorite dresses when i was young was a sienna paisley print. My Mother made it for me. She also put silky fringe on the underside of my long sleeves. I so wish I had a picture of myself in that dress. I loved it.

  3. i loveeeeeeee it... u did a great job on this mani..

  4. I love your choice of colors and how all of the paisleys are different! Looks like a lot of work!

  5. That is gorgeous; I love it! You are so talented!

  6. You are so talented! I really love the colors and it's more peacock than Bollywood. :)

  7. That's so pretty! Totally reminds me of peacock feathers. Well done! I can has you do my nails plz? kthx!

  8. theses designs definitely did brighten my day, I find them very creative and feminine

  9. Wow, this is stunning. Great job!

  10. Love the colors! Kinda reminds me of peacock feathers! =D

  11. Wow !it's so fantastic ! Those designs are very hard to do I imagine and it's so creative !Very Good job !

  12. The Princess: Thank you, sweetie! <3

    artbysarada: I thought of you when I was drawing the bright paisleys. Groovy!

    Danielle: Thank you so much! The bright swirling colors can bring one into a trance state. ;)

    Lucy: Thank you! Your mention of Shahruhk Khan prompted a discussion with my friend Lisa about his many talents and fine appearance. It's always so nice to hear stories about your mother's sewing. I can envision her beautiful creations so easily through your descriptions. xoxo!

    thriszha: Thank you, sweet lady. <3

    Camy: That's a good description of what was going on with my nails. :)

    Polish Hoarder: Thank you! I had fun creating the variations of color and design. It was surprising how fast the process went once I got started. I drew the designs on one hand, took a break and then finished the other.

    gildedangel: Thank you! It means so much to me that you enjoy what I create. <3

    Evil Angel: Thank you! I do love peacocks! It wouldn't surprise me if they were somehow in my consciousness as I was drawing the design.

    Stephanie: Thank you so much! You are so sweet! Peacocks are one of my favorite animals. :)

    Danica: Thanks! I really am a beginner with the pens. They certainly make it easy to experiment with different elements of design. I love using rhinestones!

    Liz: Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the compliment. <3

    chocaddict: Thank you! I am glad to hear the bright colors did their job. <3

    Marce: Thank you so much! I am glad you like the paisleys.

    ~Lisa: Thank you. Peacocks are such a favorite of mine. I am sure I will reference them again, even unintentionally. ;)

    Claire's Blog: Thank you! I promise it wasn't difficult. What helped was having a sketch in front of me to reference. This is only the second time I used the pens for a full nail design. I have used them as highlights for Konad and to create a half moon manicure. Really, I am still a beginner. :)


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