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Fantastic Fish

Nails by Rachel Ouellette, V.I.P. Salon, Riverview, Mich.

Nails by Rachel Ouellette, V.I.P. Salon, Riverview, Mich.

   Paint the nail with dark blue polish. Using a size 0 brush, paint a large, bright orange teardrop with a tail that twists to the left. Add a yellow streak down the middle and at the bottom left curve of the teardrop.
   Lighten your orange by mixing a little white into your orange paint. Using a liner, add fins on the tail, back, and sides in this new color. Add two sets of whiskers to each side of the face (one should be long and flowing; the other a short stub). Make a dot in white on the side of the head to create an eye.
   In white, add teardrop shapes for water splashes. Using an 18/0 liner and black paint, make a thin curved line separating the head from the body. Add some lines to the fins and base of the tail. Outline the body and eye, and add a black dot inside of the white to make a pupil. Paint scales in a staggered pattern.
   Using the 18/0 liner, add a blue curved line inside the water splashes. With white paint, highlight the tail, fins, and scales. Don’t forget to dot the pupil of the Golden Koi’s eye.

Nails by Rachel Ouellette, V.I.P. Salon, Riverview, Mich.

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