Nail Art: Tribal

I was browsing my nail-designs-to-do list a couple of nights ago and I chose to paint tribal patterns on my nails. The idea was actually one of the top inspirations I listed. I keep postponing it because I thought it would be too much work. But I was in the mood to do something colorful and I figured this would be a good excuse to stretch my creativity.

Lo and behold, my take on tribal nail art:

Tribal Nail Art Design
Tribal Nail Art Design by Simply Rins


I decided to create 10 different tribal patterns, one for each fingernail. :)

Since I wanted to make this really colorful, I chose to wear black as my base color. This is 2 coatings of Sally Hansen Black Out. This lacquer remains to be my favorite black. Application is not so easy since the consistency easily gets thick. However, I really like the shiny finish that I am willing to overlook the application problem. This is actually my second bottle.

I hand painted all the patterns using acrylic paints, a detailing and a striping nail art brush.

To make things a little easier, I first doodled the design on paper. I normally do this before painting on my nails so that I'll have an idea how it would look like.

Tribal Nail Art Design
doodled designs or patterns


I really didn't paint all the designs as I drew them, I altered a few patterns. There are moments when I just let the nail art brush do its own thing and work with that. The doodles were really helpful, especially in terms of cutting the time of painting the nail design shorter.

Tribal Nail Art Design


One of the good things about painting this tribal nail design is that it is very flexible as regards to creating the patterns. It was a good challenge to come up with 10 unique patterns.

Tribal Nail Art Design


After painting this particular nail art, I had an idea how to recreate this differently but still colorful. Instead of painting black as a background color, I could paint each nail with a different polish and paint the patterns with black. I've already added this to my list of nail art ideas to try.

Tribal Nail Art Design


If you decide to create your own tribal nails using a black base, remember to mix lighter shades of acrylic paints or use bright polishes for your tribal patterns to make sure it will pop on top of the dark background.

I think this design would look good for either short or long nails. For shorter nails, I recommend creating patterns that are vertically oriented. This would make your nails look longer.

Tribal Nail Art Design


You probably noticed that I avoided painting curve lines in this tribal nail art. Painting curves are harder and I know that it would take longer for me to finish and I didn't have the luxury of time the other night. But I must say that painting this nail design was exciting. It was like a page turner. I was excited to finish one nail to proceed to the next.

Tribal Nail Art Design


As I was writing this post, I wanted to mention my favorite pattern but I like them all and I don't want to play favorites on my babies.

How about you? Do you have a favorite pattern from this tribal nail art?


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30 comments:

  1. This is truly amazing artwork!

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  2. This is the best tribal nail art I have ever seen. So beautiful!

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  3. wow, love your tribal, you pick awesome colors for this design :-D

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  4. Amazing work and beautiful combination of colours on each nail!:-) I like all the patterns, but my favourite pattern is the one on your ring finger nail :-)

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  5. Wow, super talented :) I love all of these, they look amazing on you.

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  6. margaret worsham7/26/2012 5:14 AM

    Just beautiful, you always surprise me with your talent. :) Always enjoy looking and reading how you have created your nail art. Take care.

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  7. OMG I'm completly in love with this Tribal nail art!!! you are amazing =)

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  8. omg. That is awesome!!!

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  9. So pretty and neat!
    Random but I think your left index reminds me of the hulk and your left ring finger reminds me of green lantern:)

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  10. @Don Trivino
    Ganyan dapat yung kinalabasan nung sayo in Tacloban kaya lang di ko dala tools ko. :p

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  11. Woot! So happy that you liked my version of tribal nail art. You guys are the best. Your comments are always reassuring. Thank you very much. :)

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  12. This is really amazing! I just love how all the colors pop out. Each nail design is pretty to see.

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  13. ganda! kainggit! :-)

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  14. OMG! it's like seeing an art gallery but on nails! extremely beautiful!

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  15. That's an amazing manicure....I love how crisp and 'neat' all the designs are. :-)

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  16. These look PERFECT, I'd totally clap if I thought you could hear it! Gorgeous colors and dang are you ever good at the steady and balanced line work -- brava!

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  17. Love these!! It's much bolder tan the usual tribal print I see, it makes it very uniquely your style!

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  18. I'm delighted to know that a lot of you likes my version of tribal nail art design. Wore this for almost a wee because I enjoyed the colors. Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. :)

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  19. This is amazing! So colorful and happy =) Way too complicated for me, even though I would like to do something like it!

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  20. I really like your designs. If I can't decide on a particular pattern and/or color i mixed it up. This definitely tops my lists of what to try. But I have to grow my nails first because mine is really small. This is inspiring. Just wondering how did you make all the lines perfect? What are the things that you used? Thanks!

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  21. Holy patience, your precision is something inhuman but still awesome. Great as always. kisses!

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  22. Wow! When I first saw these I thought they were nail wraps!!! Your design is truly outstanding!
    Jem xx
    Brushupandpolishup.blogspot.com

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  23. How in the world did you even find a small enough brush to do that?

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  24. I love it!!! I will try myself!! really impressive!!

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  25. Woowww Rina Awesomeee ;)

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