Flowers 3D Acrylic Nail Art

In this step by step video tutorial Gemma Lambert and Naio Nails show us how to produce an eye popping 3D acrylic flower nail art design.

So in this video we're going to concentrate on 3D work. I am using Arabella forms to practice on because once you've placed your 3d work on it and it's set, you can then actually take it off, store it away and the put it on the client when she next comes, so you don't actually do it when she's in the salon, these are a great tool for that.

 So, we're going to do some 3D work with white and blue. Using a small size brush, about a five, I'm picking up two different colours on our bead. take quite a lot of liquid out of the back of that bead so that when you place it on to the Arabella form or onto the client it doesn't sink too much. Now, what we're waiting for is that bead to turn into a matte finish. If we try to work with it while it's still shiny we wouldn't get the definition of the petals so wait for it to turn into a matte finish. Take as much liquid out of the brush as you can, so that you're not applying more liquid into the bead when you're ready to play with it. 3D really is about patience. It's about waiting for that bead to be ready. If you do it too early you just won't get the same look that you're after.
So as soon as this bead starts to lose it's shine, we're are to start playing with it. Keep your brush angle quite high, and keep the point of the brush past the petal so that you're pressing it out more with the belly of your brush but from the side angle of your brush as well. As you can see the brush stays inside the petal it doesn't go outside the petal. Pull it all the way back to create the tip of the petal and just press those sides out a little bit more. Again, take that liquid out your brush and wait for this bead to turn matte. If you struggle getting the point of the petal after the bead's started setting, you can aways get it in while the bead is slightly wet. If you're not sure from the look of the product, just press your brush into it and if it doesn't bounce back on you then it's ready. So, again keeping the point of your brush in the centre of your flower, press out those sides. This centre area of your petal here should be a lot flatter than the outside of the petal.

When you're practising with Arabella forms keep them in the same position cos you're not going to be moving your client around so if you start moving an Arabella form around you're going to get used to be able to do that. For that centre bead, exactly the same amount, again taking that liquid out of the back and place it to the centre. If you wanted to put a diamante or some little beads into the centre you can, buy I'm gong to show you how to do a centre with just acrylic. Get your brush back into a nice point. You're going to come in from a ninety degree angle, straight into the centre, draw a circle so that you create a doughnut then press those sides out a bit so it's not a perfect circle.
 
We're going to finish this off with  a leaf. It's the same pick up - into your white, into your colour. Take the liquid out the back of the bead, place it on. Now, unlike petals, with leaves we make the shape first so while the bead is still wet we're going to pull it into the flower so it attaches to the flower then pull it into a point, then let it settle a bit. So we're now waiting for that bead to go matte again. Once that bead's started to go matte, you're going to press it out as if it was a petal, so that the point of the brush stays in the centre of the leaf. Then what you're going to do is use a metal tool that got a nice shaped edge to to it to press those veins into that. The thinner your tool the more veins you'll be able to get in and that's a basic, three petaled flower done.