Tutorial Tuesday: Butterfly Wing Saran Wrap Nail Art!

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Hello, readers! Are you following me on Instagram yet? (@adventuresinacetone) If you aren’t, you missed out on casting your vote for today’s Tutorial Tuesday design! There was an overwhelming amount of votes for this design over Striping Tape Spider Webs so here we are! I loved wearing this mani so much and it was easy enough for me to do on both hands.

As I said in my original post, I got this saran wrap technique from The Polishaholic’s Picture Polish Blogfest 2013 post HERE.

Nailz Craze has this butterfly image on a stamping plate that I do want to get my hands on, so if you happen to have it, you can do the first three steps and then stamp over the saran wrap base!

Here is a sneak peek at the tutorial. You will find full sized pictures and step by step instructions further down in this post.

Here’s a refresher of how this looks as a full mani:

Things needed for this tutorial:

Zoya Yummy, OPI You’re Such A Budapest, China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, China Glaze Neon & On & On, Wet n Wild Black Creme, and Milani Silver Stilettos. 
Striper brush, small dotting tool, one piece of crumpled up saran wrap.
Let’s begin!
Step 1) Paint your nails with 2 coats of Zoya Yummy. Top with quick dry top coat and let dry completely before moving on.
Step 2) Take Zoya Yummy, OPI You’re Such A Budapest, and China Glazes Too Yacht To Handle and Neon & On & On and make a few dots using the polish brush. You don’t have to be careful here, they can overlap. Quickly move onto step 3 while they are very wet.
Step 3) Take your piece of saran wrap and scrunch it together into a messy ball. Take it and dab it all over the nail while they are still wet. Keep dabbing until you are happy with the color design. I’ve added more dots and redabbed if I didn’t like how it turned out. If you let the dots sit too long before dabbing, they start to “eat up” your base color and you may see your bare nail. Once you are happy with the design, add a coat of quick dry top coat to even out the nail and seal in the pretty design.

Step 4) Use your striper brush and Black Creme to outline one side of your nail, wrapping toward the tips and making the bottom right corner a thicker black line than the top right corner.

Step 5) Use the striper and Black Creme to draw a curved line from around the center of your cuticle to 2/3 the nail on the left side.

Step 6) Use the striper and Black Creme to do a curved line in the opposite direction from the middle of the cuticle to half way down the right side of your nail. I added a diagonal curved line on each side where the line meets the right hand black side to make the saran wrapped sections appear more rounded and “wing like.”

Step 7) Draw another curved line with the striper and Black Creme and round out the edges of the saran wrap base.

Step 8) Do one final slightly curved line almost to the left edge of the nail with Black Creme and the striper brush.

Step 9) Take your small dotting tool and dip it into a dollop of Milani Silver Stilettos. Add dots along the right side and tip over the black section.
Don’t forget to add a thick, quick drying top coat to protect and seal in your design! I prefer Seche Vite, H K Girl Top Coat, or Poshe.  Put a thick bead of top coat on the brush and gently spread it toward the tips and side, taking great care to not let the bristles touch the polish underneath. Thinner top coats can cause streaking or bleeding of the colors and the bristles drag lines through the design. YOU’RE DONE!
What do you think of this saran wrap technique and freehand butterfly wings? Please share pics of your nails using my tutorials by tagging me on Instagram (@adventuresinacetone) or posting to my Facebook Page! Thanks for reading!

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  1. Cin O

    Thanks for the tutorial. This is simply stunning. I love that base look even without the butterfly effect painted on. I'm going to have to try this.

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