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Spring Hydrangea Nails

Oh my goodness you guys, these may be one of my favorite manicures EVER. It is absolutely some of my very best art, and all free-hand, so I am very proud.

I realized that in all my themed manicures, I was missing out on making any real spring manicures! I knew I wanted to do a floral, but I am terrible at organic shapes. I’m not sure I have any other non-stamped floral manicures posted on here! (I do have one of Black-Eyed Susans that I have not posted yet, but that doesn’t count since I never posted it).

My two favorite flowers are definitely tulips and hydrangeas. Tulips I love because they look so neat, tidy and bright, and hydrangeas I love because their color ranges from pink to blue depending on the amount of aluminum in their soil. That’s so cool! I love science! They tend to be more blue and purple around here, so that’s what I decided to depict on my nails.

I also decided to make my first tutorial of how to make the flowers. Taking pictures of each step is a HUGE, time-consuming pain, I don’t know how those other bloggers do it all the time! The tutorial should be up later today, but for now, I’ll show you my nails!

Guys, I am also in the process of a blog redesign so I have a fancy watermark on my photos now!

[![spring flower manicure](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/righthand-400x300.jpg "Hydrangea flower nails")](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/righthand.jpg)
I am really loving the accent thumb AND ring trend. Makes my manicure more fun than just an accent.
The base is 2 coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going  with a coat of Spoiled Tattle Tell (what a stupid name!). I then painted the stripes using Orly Jealous, much? and painted another coat of Tattle Tell on top for that shimmer.
[![spring flower hydrangea nails](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/closeupmiddle-400x300.jpg "Hydrangea manicure")](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/closeupmiddle.jpg)
I just love how cool that pink shimmer looks over my green stripes.
I’ll tell you about all colors I used for the hydrangeas in the tutorial. There are at least 5, maybe 6. I did all my hydrangea nails a little differently, so here is a picture of my right hand. I strongly believe that if I can make my nails look this good using my left hand for art, that someone less practiced could do a pretty decent job too.
[![My right hand is different from the left, so I took pictures of both.](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/actualrighthand-400x300.jpg)](http://www.nails-by-nette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/actualrighthand.jpg)
They’re a little more abstract on this hand, but I love ’em!
I’m so excited for my tutorial!