My First Successful Attempt at One Stroke Flowers!

by - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One stroke flowers are one of the techniques I've been putting off for a long time... For me it's a lot like watermarbling: something that looks gorgeous, something that people say is sooo easy, but then when I sit down to do it it turns out looking terrible.

This most recent attempt came about because I was asking around in one of my nail art groups for flower ideas. The lovely PiggyLuv linked to one of her one stroke designs and I told her there was NO WAY I would be able to do it since I had a love-hate relationship with one stroke designs. She linked me to one of her tutorials and I gave it a try and what do you know - patience (and a good teacher!) and I did a pretty decent job!

Let's take a better look!

I think one of the problems I had the last time I tried doing one stroke designs is that I tried to use nail polish instead of acrylic paint. If you don't have acrylic paint for nail art do yourself a favour and go out and get some! It makes building up designs so much easier because when it dries it goes matte with a bit of a coarse texture which allows subsequent layers of paint (or polish) to go on more opaquely. I used Julep Waleska as my base and then did my designs with yellow and white acrylics. Top coat and a few micro beads finished it off.

Once I got my rhythm going with this design I'll admit it was a lot easier than expected (or remembered!). It's definitely one I'm going to be trying again in different designs and combos.

Have you given this technique a try? Were you successful or did you initially give up (like me)? I'd love to see your own one stroke looks if you've tried, so feel free to leave me a link in the comments so I can check them out!

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  1. this is so pretty - I love how you added the beads, too!

  2. Me and nail art are like mortal enemies so I've never tried this but you did a beautiful job. Love the colors you chose. Really beautiful!

  3. Oh my, you did well!!! And I love the addition of the caviar in the hearts of the flowers.
    I tried a few times, but they're not as good as yours yet! First time I gave up on acrylic paint and did it with polish:
    Second time I tried again with white acrylic paint. Went a bit better.

    1. Those are both lovely! It's awesome that you were able to get such a great look using just polish - I couldn't get the look to work with polish at all!

  4. This is beautiful! I don't quite have the hang of one-strok flowers yet, but you've definitely inspired me to try again. You really did a lovely job with this mani :)

  5. These look great! I've only tried this technique once and wasn't very good at it haha. Here's my attempt:


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