Introduction: Galaxy Fingernails
Ever wanted the powers of the universe at your fingertips?
Then look no further because with these stylish and unique fingernails, you too can play god.
This simple and easy to follow Instructable should help guide you through the design and process of painting a galaxy on your fingernails.
- Although this instructable uses acrylic paints, a similar effect is achievable with traditional nail painting methods.
- When using nail polish and remover ensure you're in a well ventilated area.
Let us begin!
Step 1: Gather Materials
In order to paint this you will need a minimum of 3 colours (In either acrylic or enamel (nail polish)), several brushes (If you're using nail polish the brushes included will do and you can use a toothpick for the pinpoint brush) and other typical fingernail materials.
- Flat black (I'm using "Black - Vallejo model Air")
- Rich blue (I'm using "Hawk Turquoise - Citadel Colours")
- Pure white (I'm using "White - Vallejo model Air")
- Gloss/Matte varnish (I'm using "Matte Varnish - Vallejo Acrylic Resin")
- Large base coat brush - For base coat colour.
- Fine detail brush - For the center of the galaxy
- Pinpoint brush - For individual stars
Medium "Stippling" brush - For cloudy colour formations
- Nail polish remover - For cleaning and preparing the nails
- (Optional) Very fine sandpaper/emery board - For the tops of the nails to make the paint adhere better
Let us move on to the fun part!
Step 2: Prime the Nails
Using the nail polish remover (even on clear nails) will ensure that any residue oils or other contaminants are removed from the nail. Doing this before painting ensures that the paint will adhere better.
Optional - Lightly sand the tops of the nails.
Step 3: Basecoat the Nail
Using the large base coat brush, apply your black. Several thin coats are better than a single thick coat so take your time as we are aiming for the best quality.
Step 4: Stipple on the Clouds
"Stippling" or "Stipple" is the term given to a technique when a brush is used front on to create a small sponge effect. This technique is very useful in this design for creating floaty nebula clouds and spiral arms for galaxies.
Whilst the deep blue is still wet, introduce a very small amount of white onto your brush. "Stippling" it onto the nail will cause the blue and white to mix. This technique is called "wet blending" and creates a very smooth, even transition between two colours without the need for middle colours.
Continue this method by introducing more and more white (brighter blue on the arms and in the centre) until you've reached a desired level of brightness.
Step 5: Adding Stars and Finishing Off
Using pure white and your pinpoint brush (toothpick/blunt end of a needle works just as well) dap the tip onto the nail as lightly as possible to add minute amounts of white. These individual dots resemble stars and the more you add the more translucent your galaxy will become therefore making it look like it's floating in deep space. Adding more pure white in the very centre of the galaxy helps bring it to life.
-=Top Tip=- Adding a denser amount of stars in the galaxy arms helps bring body to your galaxy, making it look more realistic.
Using either Gloss (shiny) or Matte (flat) varnish to your nails is essential for preserving the quality of your work and protecting it from the environment.
- Gloss varnish will deepen your colour and add vibrance - however you may lose some star detail.
- Matte varnish will preserve your detail and is a unique finish - however too much can make it cloudy
Disclaimer - I'm using acrylic varnish however traditional enamel nail varnish will provide a stronger and better quality finish. I recommend using this for this work.
Step 6: Going the Extra Million Miles
Using the same techniques but with different colours and designs you can achieve a very large spectrum of effects. There's no end to the looks of a galaxy and there shouldn't be for yours! Creativity is key and having fun is important too. Thank you for viewing and I hope you enjoyed it!