Thursday, September 12, 2013

diy: aztec tribal phone cover

I've always wanted to do aztec design for my nails, but it's quite hard to do those fine details with a nail polish brush. I knew you could use permanent marker but that is sort of cheating eh? Anyway, I was supposed to make Chen Xin a case for her future iphone 5, so I asked her what design she wanted and it was between aztec and chevron. I've seen a nice aztec design using sharpie markers here, but that required a little too many markers. I'm on a budget heh. So I bought these four colours, aqua, peach, turquoise (looks more blue to me) and plum from Times bookshop at Plaza Singapura for $1.30 each. The rest of the colours are nail polish, except for the black which is also a marker. As you can see, I used a lot of lines of varying thickness, intersected with some zig zags, triangles or circles. The patterns create a break between the solid colours and that is the trick.


I used a glossy cover but I think you're better off using a matte cover where the ink can cling on better. I'm having trouble sealing the colours. Clear nail polish makes the ink run. 



I'm trying out this studio gloss on the cover now instead. I got it from Made With Love/Papermarket for about 5 bucks, I think. It's not as bad, but the sharpie ink still smears. So the colours aren't so intense but at least it doesn't disappear. It also gives quite a cool effect, like watercolours running. It's not too bad. I only had problems with the green and blue parts, but other than that, the case still looks great. I really had to seal the case because the case is glossy so the ink doesn't stay that well. 

Lesson learnt. 
I will do one for me on a matte cover hehe

xoxo