Nail Art Archive - Made by Sair

Space Invaders Sharpie Nail Art

January 25th 2015


These Space Invaders inspired nails were really simple to do with Sharpie pens. I started with a regular french manicure then copied the pixel squares one at a time with a Sharpie pen. I finished with a good quality clear varnish.  I find sometimes the Sharpie ink can run if you spread the top coat too thin so I try to gloop it on thickly.  It just takes a little longer to dry.

Nail Art From the Archives

August 18th 2013

Nail art has been a hobby of mine for a very long time I started doing painting designs on my nails as a teenager. I’ve dug out some of the earliest pictures I have from an old hard drive just when digital cameras were more widely available to the masses so the picture quality is quite poor. I think the earliest I have is from 2004 but I was painting designs from the late 90s. I may attempt to recreate some of these now that Nail Art has become much more popular and now that digital photography has greatly advanced. These were also mostly done before nail art pens were available and so most were done with paint brushes or cocktail sticks!


Archive Nail Art Gallery 1 Stripes, Checks, Flowers and Animal Prints.


Archive Nail Art Gallery 2 Cracks, Checks, Greek Key Style, Japanese Flowers & Bamboo


Nail Art Gallery 3 Blue Star, Zebra Tips, Big Yellow Start, Flowers, White Tree.


Nail Art Gallery 4 Spectrum, Circles, Graffiti, Swirls, Japanese Doll


Also here are some which are definitely from the 1990s. When I started painting my nails I used to always paint a fake nail as a keep sake as I didn’t have a good camera. I had them in little plastic pouches. Here’s a photo I took of them at a later dat. It’s quite a mixed bag. Some patterns have airbrushed backgrounds a few with jewel, sticker and water decal embellishments. All were done with varnish thin paint brushes and cocktail sticks.

Archive 1990s Nail Art Gallery. Random Fake Nail Samples. Airbrushed Backgrounds with Black Patterns, Silver Swirls, Purple Stripes, Palm Tree Island, Silver & Red Zigzag, Black ^ White Spots, Halloween Nails, GB Flag, Blue Stripes & Circles, Lightening with Jewel, Sunburst, Silver Roses, Black & White Checks.

Rainbow Spotty Nail Art

August 18th 2013

Rainbow Spotty Nail Art

Some more spotty nails but with 5 bright colours dotted onto a white background. I achieved these spots using a stylus pen. They make perfect dots and are easy to wipe clean with a bit of nail varnish remover.

Candy Stripe Nails

August 18th 2013

Candy Stripe Nails

Inspired by a visit to and old style sweet shop with pick ‘n’ mix sweets that came in a stripy paper bag. Painted with a thin paint brush using bright pink nail varnish on white.

Graffiti Brick Wall Sharpie Nail Art

August 4th 2013

Graffiti Brick Wall Sharpie Nail Art I tried out a new terracotta nail colour this week and was inspired to draw on a brick wall patter with Shapies. Then added a little graffiti (my SAIR tag) onto my thumb with a metallic Sharpie.

Summer Spotty Nails

July 13th 2013

Summer Spotty Nails
Back to Nail Art with varnish. Here’s some summery spotty nails in pastel colours with coloured tips.

Bright Stripe Nail Tips

June 25th 2013


A set of simple nail tips created with sharpies. Just a good clear polish then a manicure colour base. Colour the tips with your brightest sharpies and finish with a clear top coat. Quick and simple.

Batman Nail Art Challenge

June 15th 2013

I was challenged by a friend to create a set of Batman finger nails with heroes on one hand and villains on the other. Here’s the result.

Batman Nail Art created with Sharpies.

I created the designs with Sharpies. I wanted to have individual characters on each nail so I spent about as much time designing and researching characters for there nails as I did actually painting them.

So there are the heros on the left and villains on the right. Can you name them all?


Daisy Daisy Sharpie Nails

May 26th 2013

It’s a sunny bank holiday so I felt inspired to do some happy nails covered in daises.
Daisy Daisy Sharpie Nails

This time I used a matt white polish as the base. This was a lot easier to draw onto and the Sharpie ink dried faster on it too. For the black petals I used an ultra fine tip black Sharpie. The centers were done with a dot using a fine tip Sharpies. I then used a good quality clear varnish over the top to finish and add the shine back.

Oh and just for fun, here’s me in a hat showing off my nails. Experimenting with some photo editing software :)
Me in a hat with sharpie nail art nails

Metallic Sharpie Diamond Nail Art

May 12th 2013

Continuing on my Sharpie nail art adventure I bought a set of metallic sharpies to try on my fingernails. Being metallic they came out rather more goopy than your traditional Sharpie ink. Which ended up in a bit more smudging once the top coat of nail varnish went on. On the plus side you can use them to draw onto any colour surface so they show up really well on a black base coat.

Diamond Sharpie Nail Art