Monday, 28 April 2014

Muji Pen Aztec

So I was doing a little Instagram stalking the other day and finally found out how One Nail To Rule Them All gets such thin neat lines. Alice uses a normal Muji pen to draw on some of her more detailed designs! I knew I had a similar pen somewhere so I dug it out and set to work. I've been itching to do a detailed Aztec design for a while but couldn't work out how to get the level of neatness I wanted. Using a fine tipped pen was absolutely perfect!


I based the design on a ton of different Aztec prints and patterns I found on Google images. I wanted each nail to be different so just took bits and pieces from various designs and put them together. My favourite part it the zig zag with additional parallel lines which I used on my pinky and middle finger (it's way better on my middle finger).

Using a pen was great as I could get much more detail into the design, but there are a few things to watch out for. The pen doesn't really dry properly on top of nail varnish, so if you touch it you will smudge it. I was being extremely careful not to smudge and was very lucky not to as I'm usually so clumsy (there is always nail polish in my hair!). You also have to wait for the polish to dry fully before you can use the pen. I struggled at first and the pen wouldn't draw very well, but once I'd got to my thumb the polish had dried enough and you can see the difference in the line quality and depth of colour.

I thought that a top coat would definitely smudge the design as the pen didn't seem to dry well. I was completely amazed that when I added a top coat (I used HK Girl) it didn't smudge at all! 

I couldn't bear to take this design off but there's no way I could recreate it on the other hand so I've just been walking around with plain polka dots on the other hand - it looks a bit nuts!!

Thank you so much Alice for this brilliant tip, I will definitely be using a pen again to add detailing, outlines, etc. Emma tried out using Sharpies to create nail art recently, see what she thought of the tecnique here.

Have you used gel pens for nail art before?

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  1. Love these - can't beat a bit of aztec! Such a coincidence, as I have my first gel pen mani scheduled to go up in a couple of hours, too (also inspired by Alice!)
    Yours look fantastic, Jo!

    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah. We've just checked yours out - they're great. Who knew gel pens could produce such different looks, eh? E&J.xx

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  2. Love this, it looks so perfect! I am definitely picking up a gel pen next time I am out shopping, I'm eager to try this now :D x

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    1. Let us know if you try it. We'd love to see some other gel pen designs. They are so good for detailed looks. E&J.xx

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  3. Jo these are amazing! I love the detail - I think I'll have to get a Muji pen now! Aztec designs are my favourite too! :)

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    1. DO IT!!! You can use it during your exams first and then for nail art! E&J.xx

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  4. Fab tips... I really enjoyed this post! Tori xx

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