Creative musings in bright colors

Warm Gradient Flourish

I had no idea what to call this. I do wish I had shifted where the center of the circle was a little more each time (not had the two middle fingers facing each other). That being said, I love how this looks!


This came about because I wanted to play with purchased jelly polish and home-made jellies. The only home-made one on display here is the orange (which I made by mixing Soap Bubbles Orange by Esmaltes da Kelly, which is barely orange at all, with Siren by Pure Ice). I made  a green as well, which is a stunning grass green when wet but dries to a weird brown! I don’t know what to do about that (I ended up re-making a green using the yellow base, which doesn’t change color as it dries the way the orange does).


Regardless, to achieve this, I painted my nails black, then added a stamp in white from BC plate 10. I then added two layers of top coat just to make sure I wouldn’t smudge the stamp when I started playing with the jellies, and went to town!


~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Orange jelly: custom!
~ Yellow jelly: Esmaltes da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles


The inspiration photo for this was a lot more…pastel. And apparently just used pastel stamping polishes (so I might have to try that too). Don’t get me wrong, I love my vibrant polishes! But it didn’t come out exactly as I expected. Hope you enjoyed!

Comments on: "Warm Gradient Flourish" (8)

  1. This is so pretty! Leadlighting is really fun & the effect is almost always beautiful, isn’t it?

    • So far, yah! Although the polishes I own are a bit…goopier…than I would prefer right now!

      • You can always thin them down a bit before doing it. Also, I sometimes use sharpie markers & rubbing alcohol; that gives very similar results!

      • I tried that! A while back…it kinda worked, but some of them were too dark and some too light (my sharpies might be 10 years old). Also, I should absolutely invest in polish thinner.

      • Oh yes, thinner is a great investment! Nail polish, in theory, shouldn’t go bad, and it’s saved many a beloved bottle. In fact, I was just thinning down my bottle of Sally Hansen Jaded & realized I never replied to you!

      • hahahahaha! do you have a favorite brand of thinner?

  2. I’ve only ever used OPI’s. I bought it 2 yrs ago & have used abt 1cm of it!

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