Hi everyone! As you might have noticed in yesterday's post, my weekend nails were looking a bit rough so it was definitely time for a polish change today. Yesterday I saw that Sarah at Chalkboard Nails is hosting a really clever contest. Her contest is for nail art submissions that only use dotting tools, with the top prize being a $25 gift certificate to Llarowe, a shop that carries tons of amazing and hard to find polishes. I absolutely love this idea for a contest and love using my dotting tools. Since purchasing mine, I have used them to create tons of different things including cherries and hearts. They are so versatile! I decided to go with a pattern that I call "crazy dots." If you're familiar with my personal blog, you might know that I consider this my "signature" pattern, and it appears as my background and on some painted glassware. Here's how it turned out on my nails:
I didn't do such a great job with clean-up on this one, but the pattern came out well! I'm so bummed that my nails are so short though. Here's a picture of my nails next to a wine glass with the crazy dot pattern:
For this mani, I started with a base of Julep Nail Therapy and added two coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather on all nails except my ring fingers, which I gave two coats of Sally Hansen White On. I added a coat of Seche Vite so they would dry before adding the dots. I waited a while, then started making the pattern. I first used my largest dotting tool to add the big dots. I used the small, angled dotting tool to add little dots in black on the white nail and white on the black nails around the larger dots. I then used the same selection of colors to add center dots to the large dots. Here are all the colors I used:
From left to right: black – China Glaze Liquid Leather; white – Sally Hansen White On; clear – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; light pink – Orly Lift the Veil; dark pink – Zoya Tobey (Tobi); red – OPI The Thrill of Brazil; orange – In My Back Pocket; yellow – Zoya Creamy; lime green – China Glaze In The Limelight; kelly green – Sally Hansen Going Green; turquoise – China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise; light blue – Nicole by OPI "Baby" Blue; cobalt blue – China Glaze Frostbite; purple – Julep Anne; and light purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook. And here's a photo of my dotting tools:
I have used these so often since buying them last month. I ordered them from Bundle Monster and they were an amazing deal. I paid $14.99 for a 20-piece set of nail art brushes and tools, which included five double-sided dotting tools. I have also ordered both sets of the Bundle Monster stamping plates and have been very happy with them as well. Just for fun, here's a shot of me working on the crazy dot pattern on a Mason jar:
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this mani! It's super fun and was relatively simple to create. I can't wait to find out the results of the contest. If you're interested in entering, you have plenty of time because the contest doesn't close until March 5th. Good luck, and until next time beauties...