Negative Space Hearts

Hi everyone!

Today’s nail art was inspired by a recent Instagram post by @cdbnails143. I was scrolling down my feed when I saw some absolutely beautiful negative space nail art she had done. A lot of negative space art doesn’t appeal to me, but I really liked this one! I have only tried negative space art once before. CDBnails’ original manicure was done with stamping, but since I didn’t have the same stamping plate, I decided to try a freehand version: Painted Fingertips | Negative space hearts nail artAfter my usual base coat, I outlined all of the negative space hearts with black acrylic paint. I then filled in the rest of the nail with Color Club Ruby Slippers. Once it was dry, I painted the black hearts and went back over my outlines. I topcoated and that was it! Painted Fingertips | Negative space hearts nail artThese took a while but I am pretty happy with the result. The only bad thing is how badly stained my nails are from all the polish – hopefully since it’s just small patches of negative space it’s not too noticeable!

Painted Fingertips | Negative space hearts nail artWhat do you think? Have you tried any negative space looks before?

  • Shelly @ Ten Tiny Paintings

    Wow! I like this a lot. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t tried any negative space nail art before, mainly because it’s not something that I remember as a technique, but I’m going to add it to my list to try in the future. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! Negative space has been pretty popular the past few months, I’m sure a Google search will give you a lot of ideas 🙂

  • Annette

    Wow I really like it, its very pretty.

    • paintedfingertips

      Thank you! 🙂

  • vonimoller

    SO pretty! And it doesn’t even look like negative space!

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks V! Yeah there could have been a nude under the hearts. I don’t think I can do one with more open negative space cos then you’d see how stained my nails are :-/

  • drydammit

    Beautiful! How did you apply Ruby Slippers without it getting too thick and leaking into the hearts?

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! I just applied it carefully with a small brush. The formula on my bottle is a little thick so maybe that helped it not to leak anywhere. I painted it as thinly as possible then came back for a second coat rather than trying to get it opaque the first time, too

      • drydammit

        I will have to remember your trick! Thank you.

  • OrdinaryMisfit

    WOW. Just wow This is adorable and so gorgeous!

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! When I saw the original version I loved it so much I had to try it right away.