Friday, February 20, 2015

Plum and Honey, with a Pattern Pictorial

Plum honeycomb nail art by @chalkboardnails
Japanese nail art is so inspiring to me. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of honeycomb shapes with extremely fine lines, and I wanted to give them a shot for myself. Though I know most Japanese nail artists work with gel, I thought I'd give the pattern a go with regular polish. It was definitely a challenge, but I was pretty happy with the way they turned out.

The trickiest part was figuring out how I wanted to approach the honeycomb pattern. Here's the order that I ended up using for the linework.

Plum honeycomb nail art by @chalkboardnails

I used two polishes:
LVX Mineral
LVX Vamp

The pattern was painted freehand with an Edinburgh Realism 3/4 brush from Stylish Nail Art Shop. It took a while at first, but then I got into the geometric groove and it went a bit more quickly. This is one of those patterns that would also work really well as an accent nail, if you don't want to commit to a full hand of linework.

Plum honeycomb nail art by @chalkboardnails

Plum honeycomb nail art by @chalkboardnails

I know the lines can look a little hairy in macro mode, but they really came together in person. Thems the breaks!

P.S. If anyone is in the Los Angeles area, I will be at the Rite Aid on Sunset from 12-5pm tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) doing nail art with Work/Play/Polish and Julie G! Come by and say hello! Full details here.


  1. Never mind the fact that you went for this pattern, you went for it freehand AND on all nails! That's a whole other level of talented crazyness ;)
    They came out looking great and I love the colours you went for <3

  2. Great nail art! Such a stylish pattern!


  3. The pattern is very pretty. reminds me of a honeycomb . Maybe now with spring coming I will be recreating it with colors like yellow and black . Beautiful !


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