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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nail Art Theme Week Day 4: Houndstooth Freehand Inspired by Nail Nerd

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It's time for Day 4 of Theme Week! This time the theme is "Follow a Tutorial." I'm getting together with some of my blogger friends so be sure and check out the other great theme week manis at the end!

Today I have one of my favorite patterns of all time - houndstooth. I have a couple of stamping plates with houndstooth but I really suck at stamping, so I thought I would see if I could find a tutorial to follow for today's mani.

I found a pretty good one from Nail Nerd that I sort of followed. I didn't do it exactly the same, but it's close. Go check hers out here!

And this is how it turned out. I only did it on an accent nail over my current mani (Kiko 291) so it's sort of an Extend-A-Mani too! You can see that it's not perfect in this close up of course - I need new brushes for sure. I touched up around the edges of some of the pattern with the Kiko 291 and you can tell LOL! But at arm's length it looks awesome!

Because I was doing this over an existing mani and only wanted to use one color (black) I freehanded the little squares instead of doing the stripe method like in the tutorial. Also, I added the second line to mine just because that says houndstooth to me. So I put together a quick and dirty one-photo tutorial on just the houndstooth. I've done it larger here so you can see. But for the full tutorial using the stripe method for the squares, please refer to Nail Nerd's tutorial.

What do you think? I just love houndstooth. And you can do it in any colors of course - even alternate the colors of each "tooth" if you want!

Don't forget to check out the other great manis for this theme week below!

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  1. Soooo clever..and no I can't see any "errors" either..I think its an awesome job!

  2. That's really impressive-- totally thought it was a stamp!


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