Complementary Colours Gradient and Gel Pen Doodles

by - Wednesday, August 14, 2013


This was my first attempt at using gel pens in a mani, and I'm not too happy with the results. But the picture I posted of this mani on instagram was surprisingly popular, so I decided to upload some pics of it here anyway.

The colours used in this mani are actually bright green (not yellow - I know it looks yellow) and purple, which pop nicely because they're complimentary. I'm trying to get more adventurous with my colour selection and combinations, so this was actually the result of me closing my eyes and randomly choosing colours out of my OPI box. :)


To get this look I started with two base coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then sponged on a gradient of OPI Did It On 'Em (the bright green that looks yellow) and OPI Planks a Lot (the light purple) and sealed it with a topcoat. When that was FULLY dry (very important) I doodled some vine-like pictures and dots with a black gel pen. You need to wait for the gel pen to dry 100% (it will look dull rather than shiny - took about half an hour) before sealing the whole thing with a final layer of topcoat or you risk it streaking.


None of these pictures are cropped as close as I usually do them, because the gel pen is very splotchy in certain places and I hate when my lines don't look crisp for nail art! lol. So I got around that by cropping things more generously and taking pictures from a greater distance.


This is a technique I've been wanting to try for a while, and I guess it's not so bad for a first try. I did my thumb first, and I think it looks the best. I think next time I will go even slower and make sure my lines are all going on thick and crisp.

And that's it! Have you ever tried using a gel pen for nail art before?

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10 comments

  1. What a lovely gradient! The doodles on top are cute too :)

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  2. Even though you were not happy with it yourself I think it looks beautiful I love the gradient and for a first time using nail art pens you did really great :) Sometimes the things we think we do really bad at everybody loves the most :D I love every part of this!

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    1. Aww, thank you! And yeah, it seems like the things I dislike are always the things other people like. Oh well! Hahah. :)

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  3. Haha, I love the idea of selecting random colors out of your collection :) It looks great, I think if the lines were too crisp it wouldn't be as doodly and creative!

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    1. I'm trying to be more exciting with my colour choices, and that seemed like a good way to do it! :) And that's true, about the doodle lines. Thank you!!

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  4. Gradient is so pretty!! love those colors (:

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  5. I think it still looks beautiful even with the not so crisp lines! You have a great blog here! I'm having a ball of a time reading everything!

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