A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor

Sea Turtle in Watercolor

I’ve been in a bit of a funk for the past few days, but I’ve finally gotten myself together enough to write this (brief) post. And, hey, it’s also been a while since I painted something with watercolor. And it’s been even longer–almost two years–since I painted my nails with white gel and re-used that lazy white base to play around.

Which is another way of saying, I’ve had this idea for painting this sea turtle nail art for a long time. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately and…that makes me happy. I’m followin’ my dreams! 💪

A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor
A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor

Nail art products used

Base Polish:
Re-usable white gel base
Stamping Polishes:
Hit the Bottle’s Slitherin’ Serpentine and Maniology’s Winter’s Kiss
Watercolor “Look”:
Watercolor paint
Stamping Plates:
Maniology “BM-S190” (large sea turtle) and MXM007 (kelp) + Winstonia “W-01” (pinkie kelp + thumb sea turtle)

Now that I have more shades of not-black dark stamping colors to use, I decided to use them with the watercolors. I even used a dark blue and and dark green….

A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor

But then I feel like I forgot how important contrast is and made my background a little too dark. The sea turtle is blending into the ocean! Which I’m sure is a comforting amount of camouflage for it, but doesn’t do as much for my design as I wanted. 😆

A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor

Previous watercolor nail art…

You can see on these three designs I went much lighter with the backgrounds, which really helped the main subject to pop more. Ah, well. More excuses to just paint more designs and get back to right.

A-Z Nail Art Challenge

Meanwhile we have the collage from the nail challenge and there’s so much prettiness here! @koaliaelnails even painted a tortoise shell design, which would not have even occurred to me but is brilliant! Check out the group tag. Also, the next subject is ‘U’ is for UFO, so I get to paint more alien nail art early in the year! 🚀

#AZNailArtChallenge - 'T' is for Turtle collage
#AZNailArtChallenge – ‘T’ is for Turtle collage

The last turtle nail art photos…

We end with a macro and our usual far away. I think the turtle stands out more at a distance than it does up close!

A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor
A watercolor nail art with a sea turtle with mandala-esque patterns and lots of kelp colored in with actual watercolor paint.
Sea Turtle in Watercolor

Until next time, friends! 👋

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