Boo! Halloween Nailart Doodles on Water-Based Polish

All you need are two nail polish colours (bright orange and black), a water-based gel pen, and time to doodle…

Halloween motives aren’t hard to reproduce – a bat here, a scary face there – but I wanted to test some water-based magic this year! Here are the results so far…


You’ve already seen me wear Tartan, a jet black by Scotch Naturals. A new, bright orange colour called Wildflower caught my attention several months ago – and I quickly bought it before others had the same idea… for Halloween!
scotch-naturals-wildflower-polishWildflower is a rich bright orange that’s close to neon; packed with mica pigment, it shimmers with golden effects in a beautiful, autumnal way. The polish is quick-drying, and opaque with three coats (first coats can be a bit streaky, but it evens out coat by coat).
wildflower-scotch-naturals-swatchI could’ve left it as is, could I?


(1) A “jack-o-lantern” inspired face made with gel pen and Tartan (2) Spider’s web (3) Dripping black “poison” made with gel pen and Tartan (4) Two itsy bitsy spiders not even I am afraid of!
(1) A tiny bat (2) Two tombstones and birds (3) One large tombstone and birds (4) A large mama bat 😉

I went for simple shapes, drawn with a Muji gel pen in black (pen strength 0.7).
The trick is to let the drawings dry COMPLETELY before applying top coat and to be really quick with the top coat as well, otherwise it dissolves the drawing. The “churchyard” got a bit cloudy because I freakin’ couldn’t be bothered waiting 😀



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  1. These are phenomenal! It’s great to see water based polish getting attention and then adorned so wonderfully by yourself. I’m obsessed with Muji but never thought to use their pens for nail art, thanks for the tip!

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