11.23.2015

Autumn Watercolor Nails: How To


how to autumn water color nails



It's still fall y'all (as evidenced by this post), and I thought I'd wrap up the unofficial ending of the season with a quick and effortless nail tutorial.

The best part? I bet you have everything you need already!

markers for nail art tutorial
First, paint nails white. This makes the colors pop. I suggest 1 light coat.

Next, grab some permanent markers--whatever colors you'd like. I was going for an autumnal vibe here, influenced by the leaves and the colors of season.

Third, you'll need a small container of rubbing alcohol.

Finally, a clear polish to seal the design.

nail art hacks sharpies
Once the white coat has dried, dip the tip of the Sharpie into the alcohol and then make your design (I did blobs and dots) onto the nail. Repeat with additional colors. Make sure all of the nail is filled in. Depending on the dryness of your marker (like if it's new or old), you might have to leave the marker in the alcohol for up to 5 seconds.


watercolor nails for fall

You can also dip a small brush into the alcohol and blur out your colors that way. If you get too much alcohol on your nail, just lightly blow it to dry. Sharpies are non-toxic, but I suggest sealing your work with a clear top coat.


autumn fall watercolor nails
And that's it! This would make a fun idea for a Thanksgiving accent nail, too. 

What's on your nails?


Extra Elle:
  • Had a super quick weekend back in my hometown. My nephew turned 7 (I shared it on Insta and Snapchat--both Ellesees). I'll be back there for Thanksgiving this week.
  • My good weekend was almost ruined by a rude comment on a pic of mine. I had a response, even a blog post planned out. But decided in the end to let it roll off my back--she doesn't know me and responding to her wouldn't fix anything. I felt instantly better.

49 comments:

  1. Love these nails. So cute and simple! Happy turkey week! Safe travels!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  2. Sharpie....love it! :D And good for you for just ignoring comments like that, Elle. Not worth it, and it says more about her than you, you know? XOXO

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  3. Never would have thought to use sharpie on my nails! Fun idea. I'm glad you were able to let the negative comment go!

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  4. This is so fun! I don't know why I never thought to do watercolor nails with Sharpies! So smart! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. the nails look awesome! i had no idea you could do this with sharpies - super clever :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  6. Too bad about the almost-ruined weekend, although I'm glad you were able to make it out on top! I love the effect you made on your nails. I love watercolor nail art!! The photos are perfect, too. Super cozy and "fall"!!

    Much Love!
    -Stephanie Eva

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  7. I honestly would never think to add sharpies to my nails but they turned out great!! Haters gonna hate girl - you do you! :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. Sharpie! Stop it! How cute are you girl! I LOVE this

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  9. This s such a great idea, specially with sharpies! I love nail art that are simple and easy to do. Will defiantly have to try this !

    Katie | http://ktmcgworld102.blogspot.ca

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  10. Oh my gosh! How fun are these nails?! I have seen the watercolor nails before but never thought you could do them with a Sharpie! So cute!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  11. What a cool way to do nails! So pretty and thanks for sharing. :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  12. Haaa! This is brilliant, Elle, it never ever crossed my mind to use a colour sharpies. And wow, why can't people just be nice to others instead of leaving rude remarks? What happened to if you have nothing good to say then don't say anything at all? Good on you for not letting it ruin your weekend. Hugs!

    Reflection of Sanity | CaseApp Giveaway

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  13. Thats SO neat! I had no idea that you could just use markers.

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  14. What a fun idea for fall nails. Glad you let the comment slide, it's not worth your time or energy.

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  15. This is a really easy tutorial! Thanks for sharing Elle!

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  16. This is a lot easier than I thought. I really wish people could be nice or just learn to keep their mouths shut. The world would be a better place if everyone learned just a little tact! Good for you for not letting it stop you!

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  17. Very cute - great colors! I will have to show this to my daughter she will love it!

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  18. This looks fantastic. What a beautiful manicure and so perfect for the season. <3 /Madison
    Yes, do let it all roll off your back. xx
    Winter D├ęcor

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  19. I have never thought of using sharpies to color my nails. Great idea! Have a nice week, Elle!

    Danielle
    www.spring2spring.com

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  20. YOU are so dang creative! Seriously, this is such an awesome post! I would never have thought of this... love it! And, someone left a rude comment? Sounds like they were having a bad day and I'm glad you didn't let it rub off on you.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  21. This is so cute!!! I don't know why I hadn't thought to use sharpies! I tried it once with polish...not pretty!

    And I had someone leave a comment on my fan page once about a video I shared of Mo on her bike and they were like that's not cute or funny. Heifer go on somewhere LOL!!!

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  22. Super pretty nails! And I think even I could do them! Haha. When I see nail tutorials I usually assume I'd screw them up! So sorry about the mean comment. She must be an unhappy/insecure person!

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  23. That's it?! How fun! Love all the pretty colors too!

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  24. Your nails are so cute!! I have never even thought about using a sharpie on them before but that is brilliant!!!

    I hate that you had a rude comment on one of your photos. People are so ridiculous these days. Probably someone who is miserable and hates life. You are too sweet to let anything like that bring you down!

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  25. Such pretty nails! This may be a silly question, but does the sharpie just come right off with regular nail polish remover? Since there's a white base underneath that it's attached to, I'm assuming so. But I thought I'd check. :)

    Sorry about the rude comment. That stinks! Glad you were able to let it go, though!

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  26. This is a great idea! Looks easy enough to me!

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  27. I'm so boring with my nails. (; I have on Essie's Buy me a Cameo, currently.

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  28. Such a fun idea!! I love how they turned out!

    xo,
    Angela

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  29. Ugh...I hate it when people are rude, but good idea to just let it roll off your back. No need to waste time thinking about people who are just going to bring you down. I love this fun nail look--the colors are so bright and pretty. Fun idea!

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  30. love this idea! thought i was going to need 6 bottles of polish!! but sharpies?? i can do!

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  31. This is so cute! I'll have to try this out, thanks for sharing! And I don't understand why people feel the need to leave rude comments on others posts and pictures. I'm sorry that happened, but good for you for just brushing it off!!

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  32. Awesome idea! Very creative!
    I don't understand why people have to be so rude. So glad you were able to brush it off! Don't let them get to you.

    Florals&Smiles

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  33. I like these! My daughter would LOVE them. She's more into makeup and such than I am.

    Sorry about the rude comment. I get them too. Sometimes I do write a blog post about it if the person is a no-reply. If you're being a coward, I'll probably call you out. Some people just suck.

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  34. I'm sorry to hear people have the audacity to post rude or negative things on this space of yours. Your photos are all usually gorgeous so whatevs. She doesn't deserve a response. Loving the watercolor nail look :-)

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  35. I love this! Who knew you could do this with Sharpies!!

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  36. I would have never thought to use Sharpies! This is so cute! I'm glad you let the rude comment roll off your back! She is definitely not worth your time!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  37. So cute! I would of never thought of this! Your nails look so amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  38. Ah! Such a great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.

    xx katie // a touch of teal

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  39. Cutest nails!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  40. Omg these nails are super cute, Elle! I love that you used Sharpie markers!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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  41. Extra Elle:people can be so rude sometimes.

    Love the nails! I'm a pretty big nail fanatic haha xo

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  42. Omg this is the cutest!! Such a great idea! I need to try! It would be so cute with fall colors too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  43. Love this idea Elle! Definitely pinning this on Pinterest :-)

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  44. Excellent! I wish I had some sharpies around to do this tonight.

    7% Solution

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