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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Whoo Loves You?

I DO!

Today I've got more Valentine's Day nail art to show you guys. It is a set of lovey owls! I love owls. Two years ago, my mom gave me a Valentine's care package, and there was an owl placemat in it that was similar in design to these guys. It came from a collection at Target, which apparently also included towels, blankets, and more!

So I modified that owl design a bit and ended up with these little ones.


I started with a base of Zoya Kristen, which is a really pretty almost-dusty blue.

I did the owls next, using Sally Hansen Twisted Pink and OPI Manicurist of Seville. Here is the process for painting them:
  1. Paint the legs.
  2. Paint on a fat oval over the top edge of the legs, to give a clean appearance where the legs attach to the head. I used a small, flat ended nail art brush for this step.
  3. Using the same nail art brush, paint on two tiny little tufts at the top of the head.
  4. Using a white polish, add two dots for the eyes (dotting tool) and a triangle for the beak (small nail art brush). I used stamping polish here because of it's opacity! Then, once the white is somewhat dry, paint yellow over the white areas. I used Color Club Almost Famous. Putting the white on first will make sure that the yellow shows up brightly and clearly.
  5. Add a smaller dot of black inside the yellow of the eyes. Then, add a highlight to the eyes in white. I used stamping polish for both the black and white here.
  6. Using a small dotting tool, paint on two small strokes to form a heart on the owl's belly. Repeat two more times to do the other two hearts.
  7. With a small nail art brush, paint on the wings.
After the owls were finished, I painted on the branch in China Glaze Street Chic with a striper brush. I also added hearts on my thumb in the same color as the owls using the same dotting tool technique that I used to put the hearts on their bellies.


I actually attempted this manicure two nights ago, but was unsatisfied with the results. I knew that I could improve on the first try, so I gave it another shot last night. I am thrilled with the way that this turned out, so I am glad that I didn't settle on the first one when I knew I could do better.


I hope you guys like this design! I know I do. I still have a few other Valentine's nail art designs in mind, so don't change that channel!

72 comments:

  1. it's awesome!Im gonna do this too :)

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  2. This is super cute I love it :)

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  3. This is amazing! You come up with the best designs!

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  4. This is so adorable!! I love it! You are so creative :)

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  5. I love this so much!!! Your nail art amazes me more every day!! You are so talented :)

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  6. i'm new on you're blog and i really love this manicure!!

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  7. That is just too cute! Love it!

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  8. So cute! I wish I was better at nail art.

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  9. Oooooh, I like this very, very, very much <3 Those owls are exttra cute! I need to try them sometime!! And the hearts are amazing, you are talented=)

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  10. Wow, this is one creative mani :) Looks great, I would love to try it too :)

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  11. Amazing Sarah, these look so damn cute! I love your ideas!

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  12. These are freaking adorable, Sarah!! (And I think they have inspired me to do a Valentine's day penguin mani.) You are so talented, lady!

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  13. These owls are just too cute! I wish I was as good as you painting on my nails :D

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  14. Excellent work! I am always amazed by those who have the ability to freehand nail art. Your owls and hearts are extraordinary. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. If they invented a word that means both gorgeous and adorable this picture would be next to it in the dictionary

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  16. That's totally super cute! :) ^^

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  17. This is SO adorable and original!

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  18. This is the cutest mani ever! It makes me cheese :)

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  19. Could this be any cuter?? I hope you don't mind that I pinned this on pinterest.com! It will link back to your site!

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    1. No, of course I don't mind! I love Pinterest myself and a majority of my blog traffic actually comes from pins :)

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  20. I love this! I reminds me of some super cute kitchen towels I saw at Khols that I really wanted to get.

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  21. Ahhh! This is too cute! Pinning.

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  22. this is gorgeous design, i love it~ thx for inspiring me :)

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  23. this is super cute, perfect for Valentine's Day :)

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  24. OMG! Soooooo cute (and perfect)! Loving the owls - they're so adorable you barely notice the great hearts on your thumbs!

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  25. Zoya Kristen is a PERFECT choice. These turned out great. I really liked the other ones too, but I love that you are an anal retentive perfectionist like me. :D

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  26. OMG! So cute! I love the colour combo. And the little owls... EEHHHH! love.

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  27. Omg.. that is soo cute!! I love little cute owls ;)

    P.S. I would love is anyone checked out my blog http://nails-masquerade.blogspot.com/ :)

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  28. this is so cute!!!!!! I want owls on my nails!!!!!!!

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  29. I love this, it's so cute! I could never recreate the owls but I'm excited to give the hearts a go using my dotting tool. Love the colours you used :-)

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  30. this is beyond super cute. I love the lil owls

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  31. OMG how adorable is that? You're so talented!

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  32. So cute! Your a wonderful artist!

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  33. OMFreakinG - this is just awesome!

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  34. This is great! So cute, yet also artistic and good-looking!

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  35. So cute (*-*)


    kisses from Brazil!

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  36. Oh my GOD I can't even handle how cute this is!!! I might need to paint this ASAP!!

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  37. OMG I DIED WHEN I SAW THIS!! <3 so so so so so cute!!

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  38. Oh my goodness! >_< I love it!!!

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  39. I love owls and I absolutely LOVE this mani. I think it is brilliant and so well done!

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  40. OMG this is one so cute! very well done!! love it

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  41. love them!!!... great job! I will make my nails like that for sure!

    I follow you!

    check my blog too... glukobussino.blogspot.com

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  42. Hey I just tagged you in my blog for awards. Love your blog. Keep it up!

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  43. Freaking adorable! And the colors are just perfect together! And your freehanding is flawless! And... And.. I'm in awe.. :)

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  44. I made a noise that did not sound human when I saw these. Holy crumb I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. So stinking adorable!

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  45. Too cute for words! I love it :)

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  46. I have an obsession with owls and this is so cute! You're amazing!

    -Amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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