Tips Stylish Nail Art Designs

For creating nail art designs, you do not require manicured hands, however, make sure that your nails are clean, healthy and evenly shaped. Today, the stores are flooded with all sorts of nail polishes and acrylic paints suited for nail art designs. Acrylic paints not only help you create remarkable designs, but are also cheaper than nail polish. You could use toothpicks to create tiny dots and fine designs.
Besides, you will also need some fine tip brushes to paint the designs. Glitter is also widely used to make nail art look even more attractive and decorative. However, don’t forget to keep a bottle of pure acetone to wipe off the polish in case of any errors. You will also require an acrylic top coat, which is to be applied once the nail art design is complete. This top coat will keep your nails shiny and glossy for several days.

Halloween is the time of skulls, bones, Jack-O-Lanterns, fire, ghosts, vampires, skeletons and scores of other spooky characters. So why not have them as nail art designs? For creating Halloween nail art designs, you should take black varnish and apply it onto your nails as the base color. Apply a double coat for a better look. On this black base, you can try out various designs. By using white acrylic paint, you can paint skulls, bones, skeletons, ghost faces, etc. on the nail. In fact on each fingernail, you can have different Halloween characters. For the Jack-O-Lantern, you will require orange, green and a bit of white acrylic paint.

Mostly red and white colored acrylic paints are used as the base coats in these nail art designs. You could apply white color for the base and then using a fine paint brush or toothpick, you could paint a Christmas tree, holly leaves, Christmas stockings, candy canes, etc. onto the nail. Touches of glitter would add to the festive feel. Santa Claus’ face can also be painted on the nails. For this, apply blue acrylic paint as the basal coat; applying it twice for better finish. Once it dries, use white acrylic paint to draw the beard and the face with skin color paint. Paint the hat with red and use black to do the eyes and even for the outline of the entire face. Then cover with a top coat. Mistletoe is also quite popular, and can be either made on the entirely painted nail or a nail painted white only at the tip (with transparent varnish) below. Tiny bells and stars can also be painted, with glitter adorning them.

You need a shiny metallic shade of nail polish which would serve as the base coat. Take white acrylic paint and by using a thin brush paint a dot on the nail. From this dot, paint 8 lines or spikes, extending from the dot in a circular fashion. Where the spikes end, draw two more spikes, something like one spike branching into another. So you will have a snowflake. You can also paint half snowflakes on the edges of the nails, and to give it a more attractive look, you could also paint one of the snowflakes in blue. In case you do not have metallic nail polish, you could even use blue acrylic paint for the basal coat. However, you will have to use white paint for the snowflakes.

For marine life designs, you would require blue acrylic paint and a bit of white acrylic paint for the base coat. Apply transparent varnish onto the blue sea-like coat and then paint tiny fish on the nails. Using green paint, you could draw thin weeds through which the fish are swimming around. A slight touch of a darker shade of green along with the green on the weeds, would give it a natural look. A few pebbles can be painted at the base with brown and white paint. Apart from the fish design, you could even consider painting starfish and tiny seahorses on the nails. Whales and dolphins are other good options.

Tiger, zebra and dalmatian designs are quite popular among the animal nail art designs. For the tiger skin nail design, apply a yellow acrylic basal coat. Apply it twice for a thicker and better finish. Then apply smudges of orange color on the nail at different areas. After it dries, paint thick zigzag lines using black acrylic paint. The zigzag pattern should be thick at the base and tapering towards the other end. And the patterns must be in alternating fashion. Thick means, if one base is thick, the stripe next to it should be tapering and so on. For a zebra design, you could do the same by applying white acrylic paint as the basal coat and then paint stripes of black. The stripes of zebra are not like the tiger, so paint thinner ones. Have some stripes in one direction and some in the other to make it look like zebra stripes. You could even add some glitter to make it look more attractive. To create a dalmatian design, just paint smudges of black paint on a white base.

Ladybugs are ‘easy to do’ nail art designs. For the ladybugs design, apply white nail polish on the nail. Once it dries, paint small circular shapes (bulging at one end) on the nail, each of a different size and well-spaced from each other. If you wish, you could stick to one large ladybugs a nail as well. Once the red paint dries, paint a black line from one end to the other, with the tip of your thin paint brush. Further, paint very tiny black dots on either side of the line. Now draw a black head on top of the red circle (at the bulging end) and then paint two antennas. You can also paint colorful butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers on your nails if you have a hand at painting.

You can create human footprints as well as animal pug mark designs on your nails. For pug marks, apply pearl-white nail polish as the basal coat. Once it dries, use different colors of acrylic paints to paint the pug marks. Pug marks are very simple, just paint one circle and three small circles on top of it. The smaller circles’ size should also be in decreasing order. You could even paint two or three different colors of pug marks on the same nail. The smaller the pug marks, the better they look. For the human footprint design, you could use any dark or bright shade of nail polish. If you take red as the base, you could use white to make the footprints.

Netting design is one of the simple and elegant nail art designs and involves painting a netting design at the tip of the nails. For this design, apply silver varnish as the basal coat. Once it dries, draw thin vertical lines with black acrylic paint, with the help of a thin brush. Then draw horizontal lines crossing the vertical ones. Since we don’t want checks, make sure the lines are crossed in a slightly uneven fashion and let the ends extend at the edges of the design. Outline the black net design with silver glitter varnish and after it dries, apply the usual top coat.

Hawaii reminds us of the glorious beaches and Hula dancers dressed in colorful flowers. This theme can also be applied to nail art designs. However, these designs are not very simple. These are suited for those who have a good hand at painting. If you have a skillful hand, you could paint beaches, waves, surfers and Hula dancers on the nails. For those of you who cannot manage to paint these complicated pictures, you could still bring Hawaii on your nails by painting garlands on your fingernails. You could even paint figures of people in black and then adorn them with colorful flower tiaras and garlands.

Warli designs are very simple to do and also require only two shades of acrylic paint to bring about a wonderful nail art design. You could use either black, red, brown or green for the basal coat. Apply a second coat to give it a better finish. For the designing bit, white acrylic color is used. Using a thin paint brush, paint tiny Warli figures onto your nail. Using your creativity, you can have Warli figures doing different things like playing musical instruments, dancing, etc.

Puzzle designs can be of two types, having one base color and one contrasting color for outlining the puzzle pieces, or else having different colors for different puzzle pieces. The first type is easier to do and requires just one basal coat to be applied to the entire nail. Once the basal coat has dried, you can draw lines with a contrasting color of acrylic paint to form a puzzle design. For the second type, you will have to first draw the puzzle shapes and once they have dried, you will have to fill each puzzle piece with a different color. Once all the puzzle pieces dry, you will have to again paint the outlines and for a better finish, apply silver glitter on the outline.

Flowers are the simplest and the most popular of all nail art designs. But don’t shy away from this design just because it is very common. The flower concept can never fade out because of its elegance and variety. The types of designs you can make are just endless. You could either paint lots of tiny flowers or paint leaves and branches adorned with few flowers. You can apply various shades of basal coats and try out as many variations of flower designs as you wish.

Hearts and cupids reign on Valentine’s day celebration, so there’s no doubt they will be seen in Valentine nail art designs. Apply white varnish on the nail and let it dry. Once dried, paint tiny red hearts on the nails using red paint. Add glitter if you wish to. This is the simplest Valentine design. You could also paint two hearts in an overlapping fashion with an arrow piercing the hearts or else paint just the outlines of hearts in pink and red all over the nail, with some overlapping the others. You could also use red acrylic paint for the basal coat and then paint cupid in white. Bright red roses can also be painted on a white or pink basal coat.

Lovely delicate nail designs would make your nails look perfect for the wedding day. For this, you need pink varnish for the basal coat. Then use white acrylic paint and then paint tiny white flowers at the base of the nail. Paint a strand of tiny white dots to make it look more attractive. For French nails, you can have designs made at the conjunction points. You could have a streamer of dots starting from one end of the conjunction point to the other, in increasing order of size. At the outer end, you could draw one pretty flower in white and paint the petals with baby pink.
There are numerous designs that you can try out. Unleash your creativity and try out whatever you feel like. However, irrespective of the design you create, always remember to reapply the top coat after every two or three days. Also apply cuticle oil every day (for moisturizing the nails) and wear gloves while handling mud. Don’t just stop after designing your nails; make sure you provide appropriate nail care too.
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How to Selling Watercolor Paintings Online

Painting is not just a hobby; for some people, it acts as a therapy, whereas for others, it is a full-fledged profession. This is one such activity that relaxes your mind, body, and soul, and gives you complete freedom to express yourself in your own way. Painting something using any medium, be it oil, acrylic, watercolors, poster colors, batik, or even pastels or crayons, can transport you to a different place in your mind. The fine art of watercolor painting has seen its share of transitions. It is loved by some people and not so loved by others, but it still remains popular. The following paragraphs provide more information about this art form.

Basics for Beginners

Watercolor painting is a great way to express your creative talent. If you are a beginner, then there are many resources you must be equipped with, which will help you get started. This technique is a bit tricky to master. If you have that creative spark in you, then you first need to get your supplies ready. The following are the items that you will need.

You need a good set of brushes that include flat brushes, round ones, and oval ones. Check hobby stores for beginner’s kits that have brush sets. Depending on the type of picture you will be painting, decide the brush size you need.

The next step is the paints. You can either buy paints in the form of cakes or those that come in tubes; it depends entirely on you. You will also need a pallet.

Next is the paper. You can either use simple blank sheets that you have at home, or a drawing pad. Remember, the thicker the paper, the better. A thin paper will warp and change shape when the paint dries. Other basic supplies you will need are a water holder, drawing board, pencils, erasers, tissue papers or towels, drawing board clips, etc.

How to Sell Your Paintings Online

Professionals have many options when it comes to selling their watercolor paintings. Your local art gallery would be the best solution. This would help you establish a name and as you gain a strong foothold in the market, the sales would also rise. Most budding artists plan group exhibitions to save on the expenditure, as this would help them market their works at a lower price. Another option is to sell your watercolor paintings online. There are a few different methods that you can follow. These methods are listed below.

Look for online galleries that host the works of new artists. Do your research properly and send your pieces to the ones that best suit you at the moment. Check their submission process and whether they take any commission for displaying your work. Read through their terms and conditions very carefully to avoid misunderstandings later on.

There are many websites where you can directly advertise and sell your work. Sites like eBay, Deviant Art, Craigslist, Artbreak, etc. are used by many budding and seasoned artists to sell their work. However, read the sites’ terms properly before displaying your work for sale on any of them. There are also many online artists’ communities that you can join.

You can also do some self advertising by displaying your work on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. You can even create a blog for this. The way you advertise yourself here also matters. The manner in which you display your work and how you describe it are just as important. The main aim here is to get maximum exposure. Remember to regularly keep updating your page with photos of your latest creations.

Another good option is to create your own website. It can be a great way to showcase your work. You will either have to get someone to maintain and update it regularly or you will have to do it yourself. This will give you the freedom to display your art as you feel.

A few things to remember are that while taking photos of your work, see which ones are the best, most effective, and look most similar to the original, as there is always a slight difference between a photo and an original. When pricing, do not set an amount that is too high or too low. Be reasonable. When showcasing a piece online, always include the price and a brief description where required.

Why Are Watercolors Popular?

Watercolor painting is one of the most beautiful ways to express your creative talent, making this medium quite popular among people. There are various reasons for its increasing appeal, some of which are listed below.

The beauty of watercolor paintings is that it allows the artist to use his/her spontaneity and create works with just a few color washes or strokes. Depending on the subject, this medium is also very fast to use. It does not involve any cumbersome process.

Compared to other mediums of painting, this one gradually becomes easier. There may be some hiccups when you start out, but it is a matter of mastering the strokes of the brush. With practice, you can see improved results in a shorter period.

It is greatly favored by those who are on the move. It is the first choice of most artists when it comes to landscapes and seascapes. The kits are light and easy to carry, and there is no need to lug too many supplies, except for the palette, water container, and paper.

Experts do not even use a pencil for the basic drawing. Watercolors also dry faster than any other medium.

Pastel and charcoal works may prove to be difficult to carry for the fear of being smudged, but this does not hold true for a watercolor paintings.

This medium proves to be ideal for depicting nature and even abstracts. The beauty of the strokes is such that it helps you fill large areas in a short time, and if you have a very good creative bent of mind, then you can use these strokes and create new results that do not need any planning.

Watercolors help you to get results which you may not even have visualized. This adds to the beauty of your work.

Selling watercolor paintings online is not really difficult, and is an option that is exercised by many artists. Just keep the above mentioned important considerations in mind, have patience, and once you get some recognition, your works of art may start selling as masterpieces!

Tips to Motivate Yourself and Fine Tune the Art

Self motivation is the inspiration for your behavior and actions. It helps you to reach your goal, without external influence. It improves your confidence and self-esteem, as well as gives you strength to achieve your goal.

Self motivation is important in every aspect of your life, be it career, social life, relationship, health and fitness, spirituality or personality development. Firstly, you must find out what motivates you. Some people may get motivated by influential people, while, some by reading inspirational books, stories or poems. Self motivation is a very efficient method. Reading motivational books will inspire you temporarily. If you can motivate yourself, you do not have to depend on any external factors. Self motivation is the best inspirational technique.
Tips to Motivate Yourself

Dream

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You need to have a dream, a goal in mind that you have to achieve. You must have observed how obsessed great men are with their dreams. Everyone is aware of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous speech, ‘I Have A Dream’. Only when you have a dream, you will be determined to follow it and make it real.

Make concrete plans

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is very important to make goals. They may seem unattainable at the beginning, but should be realistic. Firstly, discover your strengths, your fortes, and also your limits. Then set your goals accordingly. You should also have a blueprint of your plan and the different ways you can follow to execute it. Your action plan must be flexible in order to overcome obstacles.

Positive attitude

“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.”
― David Bailey

Your attitude is your biggest asset. Positive thinking is extremely important as your thoughts and attitude will influence your plans and actions. Do not let negative thoughts or people influence you. Do not get frustrated or depressed if things do not work out your way. Recall the famous song, Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stone. Write down your positive aspects and achievements and focus on them. It will definitely boost your self-confidence.

Start with a small step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
― Lao Tzu

It takes a lot of effort to initiate the planned course of action. It is observed that many people have their plans ready, but they find it extremely difficult to make a start. You must at least take a single step to begin your work. Once you begin, it is easier to continue. Do not fear making mistakes because the more you fear, more likely you are to commit one. You may experience failure. But, remember that failure is often followed by success.

Block external forces

“Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.”
― Charles F. Glassman

External forces likes negative thoughts and ideas (provided by others) must be completely blocked. You should never lose your mental balance under any circumstances. You may at times be nervous or depressed. But, do not let emotions empower any of your actions.

Consistency

“Part of courage is simple consistency.”
― Peggy Noonan

Steadiness and regularity in your actions is very essential. It is possible that you may get discouraged or tired, once the initial excitement of new things is over. But, you have to be focused and try to strengthen your interest and desire to succeed. Determination will help you accomplish your goal. You must not let any kind of obstacles affect you or your action plans. Remember, commitment is the key word.

Procrastination is your enemy

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”
― Mason Cooley

Delaying your day’s work will lengthen your time in achieving your goal. Avoid being lazy or procrastinating. Taking breaks to get refreshed is necessary, but do not put things off for the next day frequently. Procrastination is a hindrance in your progress.

Never quit

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”
― Jack Ma

If you follow the right plan and work hard, you are sure to succeed. But, there may be times when things can go wrong. However, you must never lose hope. Keep on trying, find out what is wrong, but do not quit. Memorize the famous quote, Losers quit when they are tired, Champions quit when they hold gold.

So, gear up and get started. Reward yourself, even if you make a single accomplishment. Believe in yourself so that you can easily motivate yourself. Recall these self motivation skills daily, and you are sure to succeed. Good luck!

Sketching Tips for Beginners

Sketching is an art form, enjoyed by people of all age groups. You can begin sketching at any age. It will give you an opportunity to sharpen your creative skills. It is not very expensive as a hobby, as you just need a pencil and a paper. It is not a very difficult skill to learn. You can start sketching by looking at some objects, or you can do so with the help of your imagination. It may be easy to copy work of other artists, but you should not do that, because you are depriving your creative skills from getting developed up to its potential.

Sketching Tips for Kids

➺ Always use good quality pencils and paper. For any good quality sketch, these two are the most important things required. Otherwise, you will not get the kind of end result you were looking for.
➺ Sit in a place where there is enough sunlight, or a room with a full spectrum light. If you are a right-handed person make sure that the light comes from the left side.
➺ The first step of sketching for kids is drawing simple lines. The lines could be curved, crossed, straight, or scribbled. It will help you to develop a sense of control over the strokes of pencil.
➺ Then, you can start drawing curves like oval, circles, and such other geometrical shapes. In the initial stages, you may not get the kind of figure that you are trying to make. Do not be disappointed, as you can improve through practice.
➺ Also, try to draw lines with varying thickness and darkness. This will help you to sense the kind of pressure to be exerted on the pencil to obtain a certain type of line.
➺ Identify those weak areas of your sketches and practice them more.

Drawing Tips for Beginners

Correct Use of Pencil
➺ Use a range of different varieties of pencils like hard pencil, soft pencil, etc.
➺ Sharpen all your pencils well, to obtain the best effect on your drawing.
➺ You can keep one pencil with blunt point for using it on some drawing techniques, like shading.
➺ Hold the pencil in a way which you feel most comfortable.
➺ Some people hold the pencil for sketching in the same manner as they hold it for writing.
➺ Others prefer to hold it with the thumb and index finger only, while the pencil is placed below the palm of the hand.
➺ Whichever is your style, just make sure that you do not press it too hard on the paper.

Draw Outlines
➺ As a beginner, you should start drawing figures of various shapes, that are simple to draw.
➺ You can start with fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, etc. All of them have different shapes.
➺ Keep them on a table and touch the edges of each fruit with your fingers. This way you can get the idea of their individual shape.
➺ Then, start drawing them on a paper with the help of a regular HB pencil.
➺ Draw outline of each of the fruit at least ten times.
➺ This way you will learn to interpret a three dimension structure on a two dimensional surface.

Add Shading
➺ After the outline is drawn, add shading to it. Observe each of the fruit carefully.
➺ You will find that the surface of each of them is different. These difference has to be interpreted on the paper with the help of shadings.
➺ See how the textures of each surface reflects light and accordingly apply the shading on drawing.
➺ The surface of an orange is rough, so you have to add patches and spots on the surface with the help of variations in shading.
➺ For a shiny, smooth surface of pear, the shading should be distinct and only at parts where the light gets reflected.

Correct Use of Eraser
➺ Always use the eraser lightly on the drawing paper. Or else, you can end up damaging the paper.
➺ Avoid too much of rubbing of the same area to prevent breakage of the paper. If you have to erase a large section of the drawing, use white eraser.
➺ When only a small portion of the drawing has to be erased keeping the surrounding area intact, use a soft eraser.
➺ To get rid of the graphite stuck on the eraser rub it thoroughly over a white paper.

Preserve each of your drawings properly, so that in future when you see them you can see how much you have improved. In this manner, you will get a lot of enthusiasm to improve yourself further.