Pinterest Inspired Nail Art Challenge Week 3: Free-hand Chevrons!

by - Monday, August 19, 2013


This week for our pinterest inspired challenge we are doing chevrons! This is one that I was looking forward to, since I've never actually tried a chevron design before. EXCITING! Hahah. :)

When I started this mani I was planning to use my chevron craft scissors, but they fought me every step of the way no matter what tricks I tried (painters tape, scotch tape, tape on wax paper, sharpening the scissors, etc.). Thankfully all the other design scissors I got all work just fine, so you'll be seeing some looks with those in the future! Anyway, since the tape wasn't working all of the chevrons you see in this mani were freehanded with a mid-length striping brush and a lot of patience! I won't tell you how long this mani took, but I love how it turned out.


This mani started off with four (!!) coats of Revlon Jaded (320) as a base for the majority of my nails, and three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for my accent nail. Even though it took a lot of coats I love the cool pastel shade of Jaded. (Plus I found it at Dollarama, so it only cost me $2! Bonus!)

Once the base colours dried fully, I went in with my striping brush and painted the rows of black chevrons with Sinful Colors Black on Black on the majority of my fingers. My middle finger was actually supposed to be the same design, but I messed it up and once I re-did the base coat I decided I wanted to do something different on it.


For the accent nail(s) I did the thick black strip first, and then added silver triangles with Acrylic Paint. I would have used silver polish, but none of my silvers are opaque enough. :/ When that dried I made a smaller triangle inside the silver with Black on Black.


I decided to invert the design on each accent nail to add a bit more visual interest.


When I was doing the white accent nail I had a moment where I didn't know if it should just be silver/white/black, or if it should be silver/white/black/green. I was at work so I asked my lovely co-worker Pat what she thought, and she decided it should be just silver/white/black so it would pop. I'm happy I listened to her, because I really like the way it works with the rest of the mani. :)



And that's the look! I'm pretty happy with it, and I'm thinking of doing my first tutorial focusing on free-handing chevrons (since it was much easier once I had a system of how to draw them). Thoughts?
Check out the other ladies doing this challenge this week:
Julie @ Beauty Fiends
Nilda @ Nilda's TumblrBlumbr
I also shared this mani as part of the "That's My Style" Link Party over @ My Serendipitous Life. Check it out!

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18 comments

  1. Looks great! :D I need to try chevrons but I'm scared of doing them free handed, lol.

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    1. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be! You should give it a try. :)

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  2. LOVE them! And wow, you gotta have quite a steady hand to freehand such straight lines, I could never do that haha

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    1. Haha, thank you so much! Yeah, I had to take a break between each finger to steady my hand again. Worth it though!

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  3. Looks amazing! I love the accent nail! It would be awesome if you could do a tutorial... I had the same problem with my scissors but I'm afraid to try free-handing chevrons :)

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    1. Thanks!! :D I'm thinking about it, I've never done a full picture tutorial before... I think it's something I'm going to play around with! Either way, you should totally give it a try. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be!

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  4. gorgeous. I like ring finger design. silver/white/black goes so well together (:

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    1. Thank you! Agreed, I'm really happy with it.

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  5. Wow, I'm impressed! I admire your even spacing, it just looks amazing. Your color selection was perfect, too!

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    1. Aww, you're so kind! Thank you! :)

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  6. My gosh, this looks great; I can hardly believe you free-handed them - good job!
    I upvote the idea of a tutorial - I love seeing them.

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    1. Thank you so much! :D I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I'm for sure looking into the idea of doing a tutorial. Keep an eye out for it (hopefully) in the future! :)

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  7. Ah! I wish mine looked this good when I did them!! I have such shaky hands. :( Love chevron nails though.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day. I do hope you'll join in again. I can't wait to see what you have to share next week. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Thanks Karla! :) And thanks for hosting the party, can't wait for the next one!

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  8. I love chevron nails but have never dared to try freehanding them for fear of messing up. You did them so well!!

    Also just saw your GoT nail art series - :D I'm a fan!

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog.

    Del @ spud-nails.blogspot.com

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    1. I was so pleased with how they turned out, especially for my first try! :) And thank you! It's always awesome to hear from other Thrones fans. :) :)

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