Hello, Darlings! I’m warning you now, I am in a stamping frenzy over here! I’ve always overlooked stamping as a form of nail art that was for other people due to my lack of stamping skills and my serious lacking of the patience to gain them. It turns out that I may have been selling myself short! While I’m not an experienced stamper, I have become an overnight advocate of having the right tools because suddenly I have a stamping set that basically applies itself.
Suddenly through stamping I have access to nail designs that I would never have attempted before. For example, I love the look of Delftware! That inspiration firmly in mind, I started out by applying a white foundation by laying down three thin coats of OPI‘s My Boyfriend Scales Walls. This is one of my go-to polishes for nail art because it lends such a clean, crisp palette to build upon. While I’m talking about white polishes, is there a full coverage white polish on the market yet? One-coat black polishes have had their hayday, it’s time to induct white polishes into that arena! Right?! Sheesh!
I rooted through my blue polish drawer to find the perfect shade – it had to be bold, BLUE, and fabulous. I settled on OPI’s Dating A Royal, which is a great candidate… while still in the bottle. Dating A Royal is a beautiful blue that lends itself to the Delft pottery motif, in reality it is a sheer polish verging on having a jelly formula once you get it out of the bottle. Dating A Royal stamped very easily and I think that it gives an ethereal twist to this manicure. It isn’t the look that I was going for, but I still love the soft and dreamy pale blue effect.
I have become super obsessed with MoYou – London stamping plates lately. The plates are so beautiful and unique, and so far each one that I’ve tried has provided a stunning result. They have been easy to use, and this plate in particular (Mother Nature Plate 02 (currently unavailable on the MoYou – London website) is divine – covered in birds, branches, flowers, and leaves – PERFECT to capture the beauty of Delftware.
I’m the first to admit that this manicure pales (literally) in comparison to Delftware, which captures beauty and joy in bold blue against white. There is something so classic and lovely about this kind of pottery, so I find myself turning back to the drawing board. I WILL create the perfect homage to Delftware through stamping, it’s just a matter of time. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for blue stamping polishes that might work!