Freehand Flakie Turtle Nail Art With Acrylic-Gradients

Allo polish Pals!

Happy Friday to you all, how are you doing?! Bam, here we are at the start of another weekend! Do you have anything nice planned? I may or may not be going out with my Sister in law for dinner, there was a plan but this whole week my nightmare eye situation has flared up again – my left eye is HUGE.

Sadly because of it I feel pretty rubbish, my vision is blurry, it hurts to bend down.. Back to looking like I've been punched! I had intended to show you a Born Pretty Store review but I have totally mucked the whole thing up, luckily I have a few of the stickers left so I will try again when I can concentrate better.

So instead I'm going to show you something I did at the beginning of the week before it got so bad, If you are a member of Tiny Canvas on Facebook you may have already seen this – the weekly challenge this week was turtle nail art. I really wanted to join in after missing a couple of the other weeks (they are optional but always so much to take part in) I decided to do a turtle in black and white.

So, I didn't have a lot of ideas or planning when I began this little dude. I just knew I wanted an acrylic-gradient in there somewhere so I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage'. I added a coat of my Pro-FX for a fast drying finish and then proceeded to create an acrylic-gradient with purple, blue and tropical green. I also added a layer of Zoya's 'Maisie' – yes I am obsessed. I then proceeded to draw/paint a freehand turtle in black and white. I added some swirls and dots (mostly because by this point I was in a lot of pain) and finished off again with my Pro-FX topcoat. I also added Catrice's 'Matte&More' because I find it fun to see how manicures will look!

I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, I think he looks proper grumpy but that's ok!
You may notice my thumb acrylic-gradient isn't as well blended. I tried adding some yellow fish before quickly changing my mind!

What do you think of this turtle nail art? Are you part of a nail community where you've made some good friends?

Have a beautiful weekend, I'll catch you again on Sunday!



  1. The turtle turned out so beautiful. I am in awe. WOW *-*

  2. The turtle and the background are amazing!

  3. Your turtle is so cute and the background fits perfectly, looks amazing with the flakies!

  4. The turtle looks amazing! I love this mani :)

  5. To me your turtle doesn't look grumpy but a little sad (and very cute) :)
    Just wondering, did you have a doctor check out your eye? It sounds so uncomfortable (to put it very mildly) and perhaps they have a remedy? Keeping my fingers crossed you'll be better soon.

  6. These are so beautiful! I love the hint of blue flakes too, it really makes this look like its under water! I hope you feel better :(

  7. Wohhh...that background is so mesmerizing like a Disney movie! That turtle is having dreamy time! Prayers for you. Get Well soon dear! ^_^


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