Nail Art: Pine Trees

I spent last weekend with 3 amazing friends in Baguio, the City of Pines. The night before our road trip, I mustered the energy to do my nails. There were no choices. I instantly wanted to paint pine trees on my nails. I figured that it was the most appropriate nail design for our mini break up north.

Pine Trees Nail Art Design
Pine Trees Nail Art Design by Simply Rins


After several attempts on painting pine trees, I was almost about to give up. I couldn't come up with something that satisfied me. But being stubborn has its perks sometimes. I didn't want to go on this trip without pine trees on my nails. So I kept trying until I felt happy with the results.

Pine Trees Nail Art Design


I used Orly Kiss the Bride in 2 coats for this design. I was choosing between this very light pink shade or a light blue one. I hand painted the pine trees using acrylic paint and a mini striping nail art brush.

I believe that the base color helped made the pine trees pop out because it was almost white and I painted the pine trees using thin and thick strokes for texture.

Pine Trees Nail Art Design


It was a good thing I was working with acrylic paints because I made several attempts before I finalized the design that appealed to me. I didn't have to redo my manicure after every attempt. This is just one of the many advantages of working with acrylic paints for nail art. If you are interested, find more advantages here.

Here's a closer shot of the nail art:

Pine Trees Nail Art Design


During my initial attempts of painting pine trees, I used at least 2 colors because I was aiming for a little shading. I am seriously not good with that and I wanted to try. But somehow, the design always fall short of my expectations. So after a few more tries, I decided to stick with my personal style, clear colors and neat lines. On the other hand, I also wanted some texture. I came up with the idea of using different thickness on my strokes. I think it worked really well.

From creating this Pine Trees nail design, I've learned that you can get the effect of shading or add texture by using thin and thick lines.

Here are a few shots taken during our stay in Baguio City:

Pine Trees Nail Art Design
Pine trees nail art with actual pine trees on the background.


Pine Trees Nail Art Design
Holding actual pine tree leaves!


Pine Trees Nail Art Design
Another shot with pine trees as background.


Baguio has a very cold climate and to avoid dryness on my hands, I was constantly applying hand lotion. I see now in the pictures that my hands needed more moisturizing.

How will you rate my pine trees nail design and my attempt to add texture using various line thickness?




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14 comments:

  1. That is fantastic! I think you did a great job!

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  2. The trees are really nice, I like doing trees too - and love acrilics for the same reason LOL
    But it's cypress twigs/leaves you are holding,not pine ;)

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  3. This came out really nice!

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  4. Those are adorable! I love the details!

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  5. Love the pics and your design looks amazing.

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  6. I really like this one! It seems simple, but I know it's not easy at all! I'm sure you needed a lot of patience and a little bit of stubbornness to achieve this result. And the result is really, really nice! Great job!

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  7. Oh no, I didn't know I wasn't holding Pine tree leaves. I'm sorry for that mistake. I really thought they were from a pine tree. :(

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  8. Oh, Rins, please don't mind that comment, I didn't want to make you unhappy - the trees on your nails look fantastic, never mind the rest :)

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  9. I love your pines, you have done a good job with this manicure :D

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  10. LOVE this! They really look like pines but you definitely did stay true to your style!

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  11. @Marias Nail Polish Blog,
    Don't worry, I think it was a good learning experience for me. :)

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  12. its pretty intricate work there!

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  13. love it, this manicure looks great :-D

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  14. ooh i love it....there is no video tutorial as to how to do it :(

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