Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rainbow Clouds with Butter London The Black Knight

While not participating in the 31 day challenge myself, seeing all the different and interesting designs people are coming up with is very inspiring! Recently, the theme was "Rainbow Nails", and I got the urge to do my own. This is a variation on the happy clouds mani I did before, and again, inspired by Jane from Nailside's rainbow design. Love!

Another name I have for this mani is "Bleeding Rainbow" (some dark parody of "Reading Rainbow" perhaps). The colours bled out from the arc into the clouds and rain - is what I was going for here.

My base is one coat of black with one coat of Butter London "The Black Knight". Then I painted the white arc first using the bottle brush, starting from the side of my nail and extending down to the tip in one stroke. For the rainbow clouds, it's easiest to get the rounded edges when you have a small bead of polish on the end of your brush (but not so that it's dripping). The raindrops were painted with a nail art brush.

Yellow - China Glaze "Lemon Fizz"
Purple - Zoya "Reagan"
Blue -China Glaze "For Audrey"
Light Purple - Nature Republic colour PP402


The Black Knight has a sheer black base with predominately blue, red, and fuchsia microglitter. If you look real closely, you can see even tinier silver, yellow, and green glitter in there. On it's own, it would take three coats to become opaque, but if you paint a black base, you'll only need one.

Closeup of the glitter - how amazing does that look??

Hope you enjoyed this! I'm sure I'll be inspired many more times while this 31 Day Challenge is going on.


  1. Aw I love these! I've always wanted to attempt something similar but have always failed. So glad to see you pull it off! :D Love love love this!

    1. Thank you, thank you! Just try a couple more times to get the hang of it, it's really worth the result :)

  2. This is SO CUTE!! I love the design! I wish I had Black Knight now!! What a gorgeous color! <3

    1. Thanks so much! Omg you have no idea how long I had been lemming this colour until I went shopping in the states and finally found it at a Nordstrom! :D

  3. Cute rainbow mani! That butter london is so pretty!

  4. Wow, The Black Knight is an amazing colour, I want it! The nail art on top contrasts really well, too!


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