Whilist most nail techs have dabbled at some point in acrylic nail art or created designs using bold coloured gels and polishes, a new trend is growing for the creation of subtler, understated nail art, known as Aquarelle.
“Aquarelle painting is the technique of painting with thin, transparent watercolours.” explains Csonka “Any designs can be painted as it is one of the most versatile forms of nail art.”
“The Latin equivalent of water is aqua, so this is where the term stems from,” adds Gribble, Salon System Educator and expert nail technician. “It is one of the oldest forms of painting styles, comprising washed out colours and blurred contours, as well as a mix between transparent and strong colours. Many beautiful designs can be created using this technique, from flowers and butterfilies, to bown and swirls.”
The technique is very smilar to that of one stroke, or one move painting, however instead of creating crisp lines, the aim is to achieve a washed-out, watercolour-style design; think of the fresh, contemporary colour blending and blurred contours seen in the masterpieces by Impressionist artists.”It’s like watercolours on a small scale,” says nail tech Hailstone.”I would say yoy need to be a little artistic to master the technique.”
“Aquarelle is a medium level nail art and known to besofter and it can be used with other nail art too,” says Katalin. “To be succesful with aquarelle you needs lots of pratice and also patience and spontaneity. Typically, when painting with Aquarelle you need to start with the brightest colours and use the darker colours level by level.”