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Nail Art Studio: Tribal Watercolors

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Tribal Watercolors.

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Tribal Watercolors.


1. Apply a white gel base coat and cure.


2. Choose three different colors of gel-polish. With the first color, wipe most of the color off the end of the brush, then apply bold swipes onto the nail.


3. Repeat this dry brush technique with the next two colors, overlapping the swipes and curing between each color, until you are happy with the background.


4. brush, paint a tribal line design on top of your background (you can also use a stamping tool). Apply a clear top coat, and cure.

Kathleen Shahan, The Headquarters, Wilmington, Del.

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