Acrylic paint is often used with craft projects like painting canvas or painting wood but it’s also one of the top go to nail art tools for a Nail technician or any body who designs nails as a hobby.
Because it’s easy to find at any Wal Mart, craft store, and super cheap (I’ve gotten bottles of Acrylic Paint for as low as .59 cents) it’s a perfect addition to the many things used to product fun, original, eye catching nail art. Here are some of the latest colors I bought from Hobby Lobby. Each bottle cost .77 cents and the colors from left to right are: Rose Chic-Fuchsia-Coral Cove-Wine (Burgundy)-Island Blue
The color selection ranges from the lightest to the darkest with options for neon and metallic also available. I could have stayed there all day in just the acrylic paint and paper sections of the store.
I have acrylic paint that is years old and has been used many times over. Because you need only a small drop to create nail it goes a very long way for the money you pay for it.
Some the the ways you can use Acrylic Paint is drawing the tips on your nails, creating dots with a dotting tool, creating multiple or single lines with a thin nail art brush, sponge it on to create a cool effect, create a marble effect by lining the colors up with a thing brush and going back and forth with something like a tooth pick.
Here are some nail designs I have created with Nail Polish and Acrylic Paint
All the designs above were very easy to create. Even beginner level nail artist can come up with plenty of quick nail art designs using Acrylic paint and something as simple as a toothpick or even something weird like a toothbrush. Think outside the box you never know what can be produced from any household item for nail art.
Cut up some old brushes lightly dip them in some acrylic paint and then onto your nail or some artificial nails. The effect could come out really pleasing to the eye but you have to be willing to experiment to see what you can use.
Here are some tips for using Acrylic Paint for Nail Art:
- If the acrylic paint is too thick add a drop or two of water to thin it out
- Wear protective clothing or old clothes you don’t mind getting acrylic paint on (it gets messy sometimes)
- Use a variety of tools to create multiple effects you can mix and match (dotting tools, fan brush, striper brush, sponge, tape, toothpick etc)
- Use a couple drops at a time (Acrylic Paint dries up extremely quick once out of the bottle)
- Make sure your design is completely dry and has a chalk like texture before applying topcoat (It will smear your nail art design)
- Shake up your bottles of Acrylic Paint just like nail polish it’s liquid that needs to move to not dry up
- Find a cool dry storage place for your acrylic paints (I put mines in a dollar tree shoe box and keep it in the closet)
Here is a personal picture of my Acrylic Paint storage:
Hope this inspired you to go out and grab a couple bottles of acrylic paint and start making some unique nail art. Here is my Nail Indie Youtube and Instagram to give you some ideas on how to create some awesome nail art!