Nail Art: Purple Bricks

I was having an early dinner last weekend when I received a text message from a friend who asked me how I was. I wanted to reply that I was feeling lonely but said I was fine instead. I've realized that no matter how used I am to being alone, one can sometimes be a lonely number. And even though I have met some that showed interest, I can't seem to bring down the wall I have put up. Can I blame the number of times I've been broken?


My best friend these days has been unavailable so I decided to channel my feelings the best way I know how -- through nail art.


Wall was the idea. The question is how I'd be able to convey that in a nail design. I figured a brick wall inspired design would do the job. The concept is not original as there have been several nail art bloggers who have done their version of the bricks nails. So in order to put some personal flair into this design, I decided to use a purple palette and alter the brick placements.

I simply called this Purple Bricks Nail Art Design. Take a look:

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design

Can you spot how I painted the idea a little different? More into that later after I share with you the materials I used for this nail design.

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design on OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?

Without a doubt, I wanted a purple ombre manicure. After scanning my polish rack, I chose to wear 2 coats of OPI Vant to Bite My Neck as base color. This is a deep purple creme nail lacquer that is highly opaque. It can be a one coater but I prefer to always polish my nails with at least 2 layers. Yes, I am OC that way. ;)

Consistency and formula are excellent, giving you no problems with application.

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design

This is a freehand or hand-painted nail art and I used a dotting tool and acrylic paints to achieve the results.

I initially wanted to use a nail art brush for this design. But I realized a dotting tool would make my life easier. And it did! This is one of those nail designs that doesn't need to be that accurate. You probably have noticed that already with the above photos.

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design

Now, more on the design itself!

Here are a few personal touches I used:
  • Choice of color. I chose purple just because I was not in the mood to wear a happy color. And at the back of my mind, I didn't want the design to shout "bricks". I actually wanted it to look more like a pattern on the nails.
  • Different sizes and positions. Normally, bricks would be placed side by side, horizontally. So to make this nail design a little more interesting, I painted the bricks in different sizes and positioned them both horizontally and vertically. Were you able to spot this?

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design

Since I used a dotting tool for this nail art, the bricks didn't have sharp corners. I didn't mind because I think it gave a more detailed effect. How was that? Would you accept my explanation if I tell you that I imagined the bricks were cemented and this is how it would look? ;)

Purple Bricks Nail Art Design

From a distance, this bricks nail art can give the appearance of cracked nails. If this were done with brown and yellow, people would probably be reminded of Thing from the Fantastic Four! In the end, I loved the results and I'm sure other nail artists can have fun with this too using a different color combination.

I would also recommend this design for nail art beginners who are looking for an inspiration that is easy to do.

What are your thoughts?






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17 comments:

  1. Oh this is super cute. Fantastic Four! NICE. :D :D

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    1. Haha! I am seriously thinking of doing that brown and yellow combo and title the post "Thing" of the Fantastic Four. :p

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  2. Awesome! I love the idea and your choice of colours too! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I haven't been doing purple manis and I thought I probably should. :)

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  3. Gorgeous choice ! The colors are beautiful and the placement and size of the bricks were awesome ! .I have a question about acrylic paint. I use it often in my designs but I find that it takes a couple layers to fully be opaque and by then you can see the brush strokes and it doesn't look smooth. Any idea on how to fix that ?

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    1. Hi, Kelly.

      I actually did 2 posts already on nail art tools and acrylic paints. You can find the link on my sidebar. You might find something useful within the articles.

      The type if paint you are using plays a big part with opacity. You might want to experiment with the available brands in your area. But based on my experience, when I am having opacity problems, I add a small amount of white paint and it does the trick. It might work for you as well.

      As for visible brush strokes, this is what I do. After painting a shape, I water down the paint and simply dab the brush on the shape I just painted. This technique will smoorhen the surface. Also, most often than not, the top coat smoothens everything. If you are using a self leveling top coat like Seche Vite or Dazzle Dry, you may want to apply 2 coats to smoothen the design. :)

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    2. Thank you that was very helpful ! :)

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  4. Love it! Such a cool idea.

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  5. Lovely nails, I like your bricks. Try to bring down that wall you've put around you. I know it's difficult but you'll be much happier. Remember that not all people are the same. If you feel good with him/here, you should give it a chance. Good luck.

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    1. Maybe I am not ready yet or perhaps I haven't found him yet. Thank you for the support and I know you are right that it has to start with bringing down the wall. :)

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  6. This is absolutely beautiful. Your color choices are always perfect and your designs are flawless. I love your blog and try your designs more than any other blog I follow. Thank You so much!

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    1. Thank you very much for the support, Pbgigharbor! I really appreciate that. I am happy that you find inspiration on some of my designs. Perhaps you can share them with me. It woukd be a pleasure to exchange notes with a fellow nail art enthusiast. :)

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  7. absolutely amazing manicure, love it :D

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  8. very cute! I like it! I wonder if I can make this design on my nails?

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  9. Very beautiful! I love the colors you used ❤❤

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