Aztec prints are everywhere these days. Every store I go into is selling aztec shirts, leggings, bags and accessories. I have been dying to do an aztec pattern on my nails but I wasn't sure I could pull it off because of the intricate lines. First I tried doing this with Sharpies. I have used Sharpies in past manis and I loved it because it offers so much more control than using brushes. Unfortunately, the black marker smudged when I put the topcoat on and did not stay on without a topcoat. How frustrating? I think black Sharpie is just too inky for nail art on white polish. It killed me to have to do it over, but I just had to because the design was so awesome.
I took a deep breath and started again... I painted my nails white and used acrylic paints for the design using a thin lining brush. A design like this is pretty time consuming but the final product made it worth it! Plus, I got a ton of compliments! Many people actually thought they were stickers :)
I don't often repeat designs, but this one will probably show up again sometime this summer with different colors and I will switch up the pattern a bit.