Landscape Nail Design Using Scaled Gradient Technique With Tutorial by Alpsnailart

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Hello everyone! Wishing you fresh start of the week with this fresh manicure.  I am Alpana, from blog www.alpsnailart.com. I will be your host for today's blog post. Oh, I am not hijacking Rose's blog! Lol. Then where is Rose?! Don't worry, she is right here with us, hosting a guest post on my blog. I know you are missing Rose, so you can see her post on my blog here: http://wp.me/p4Je69-sj.

In today's post I am sharing:

  • Drawing Landscape nail design without using brush
  • Scaled gradient technique with a twist and
  • Creative uses of nail vinyls.


I have combined Landscape nail design with scaled gradient. Yes, 2 different forms of nail art in one manicure. How?  Read further to know the twist ;)

Recently when I was working on Simplynailogical's famous Scaled gradient technique for #nailthattechnique challenge, I got an idea in my mind. How about trying landscape design using same process as scaled gradient! I could immediately think of landscape drawings with Sky, mountains and water we used to draw as kids. Something like following landscape drawing image.


Taking the above landscape drawing as inspiration I started working on my landscape base using Snail Vinyls. Following is step by step tutorial for Landscape Nail design using Scaled gradient technique and Snail Nail Vinyls.

Products Used:
    Nail polishes

  • White : Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
  • Dark Blue : Doctor Lacquer Phycocyanin
  • Light Blue : Maybelline Color Show Blueberry Ice
  • Dark Brown: Maybelline Color Show Choco Sin
  • Light brown : Tilie Polish Posh
  • Green : Maybelline Color Show Mint Mojito
  • Light Blue Holo : El Corazon Active Bio Gel Large Hologram
  • Yellow : Maybelline Color Show Sweet Sunshine
  • Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat

Other Tools:



Step 1. Apply White Base Coat.

Step 2.  Sky: Apply thin lines of Dark blue, light blue and white nail polishes on make up sponge. Sponge them on 1/3rd part of nails (On cuticle side )  creating  gradient.  Repeat coats 2-3 times. Apply quick dry top coat.

Step 3. Once the first layer is completely dry, stick on chevron nail vinyls and wave vinyls. Also stick scotch tapes above chevron vinyls and wave vinyls to cover up first layer of base.

Note: Since I am using jelly blue polishes for water, I am sticking wave vinyls in the 3rd step itself. If you are using opaque blue color, you may add  wave vinyl after completing step 3 and 4.

Step 4. Mountains and Grass: Apply thin lines of Dark brown, light brown and green nail colors on make up sponge. Sponge them in middle part of the nail creating gradient. Repeat coats till you achieve desired opacity.

Step 5. Remove the nail vinyls immediately.  Apply quick dry top coat to even out gradient.

Step 6. Water: Apply light blue/ blue  jelly polish on remaining 1/3rd part of nail. With the help of dotting tool, add a yellow dot in between mountains to draw Sun. Seal the design with Quick dry top coat.



Once the landscape base is ready you may add elements of your choice. I have added here, Dolphin sticker and some dry flowers to give it touch of spring.


If you are like me who love to see freehand landscape designs but not comfortable with brush on nails, then you should definitely try this method.

You can buy Snail Nail Vinyls from their website :
http://www.snailvinyls.com  You may also follow them on Instagram for updates and offers. https://instagram.com/snailvinyls/

Last but not the least, Thank you Rose for allowing me to write for your readers. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much I enjoyed preparing it. You may see more such nail art tutorials on my blog www.alpsnailart.. Feel free to follow me on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin or Twitter for new post updates.

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Thank you so much Alps for coming up with such a beautiful mani. I love the how detailed the tutorial is, it definitely makes it feel do-able for any one to try out. Please be sure you visit Alps over on her blog www.alpsnailart she has a ton of tutorials and different nail art looks. Once again, you can check out the mani I created for her blog right over here: http://wp.me/p4Je69-sj.

58 comments

  1. I love landscape mani's, and yours is such a clever way of doing it and looks beautiful too :)

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  2. You always do a phenomenal job! The addition of the dolphin is wonderful!

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  3. You are welcome Rose. And thank you for your lovely water marble nails for guest post on my blog. I really enjoyed doing guest post with you. Looking forward to do more such event in coming days.

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  4. You are so talented Alpana! And this is a great tutorial!

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  5. Such a clever way to create this look!!! Love it!!

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    1. Thank you, glad to know you liked them :)

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  6. I wish I could be more creative when I'm trying to figure out designs for myself and the girls nails. But since I can't be, I know where to come to get the best ideas and tips. Thanks so much for sharing, I would have never thought to do a landscape nail design.

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  7. Awesome, I love the flowers. They are the perfect touch.

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  8. Wow, these nails are definitely a work of art! I love the zig-zag design and the dolphin sticker - perfect shapes and finishing touches. :) I admit to not being nearly that talented, so I mainly play with glitter and sequins. Still, it's fun to see posts like these for both inspiration and admiration!

    Jenn, x@jenn.nu
    http://www.jenn.nu

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  9. Wow! These nails are awesome! I love the landscape nail design and the zig-zag pattern. I can't believe how real it looks. Perfect vacation nails! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  10. I am seriously impressed! This is pretty amazing. I think these nails are really pretty and I think you are great for having the patience to do this.

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  11. Oh wow this is seriously so cool! I love how you added something a little different to each nail and I've definitely never seen a manicure like this before!

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  12. Wow, that is so cool and detailed. I love the little trick to do the mountains and waves. I would have them mangled so fast, but love them.

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  13. Wow, this kind of nail art really takes talent. I am lucky if I don't smudge my nails five minutes after getting them done!

    Amanda
    www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

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  14. You are so incredibly talented! I love this tutorial.

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  15. What a creative way to use vinyls and the scaled gradient technique!!

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  16. Wow! This is phenomenal! I would never have thought to use nail vinyls like this. So creative!

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  17. This is phenomenal - great tutorial! And I am so impressed that you can do detailed art like this with regular polishes.

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  18. These are amazing - I love the tutorial and the inspiration. The mani itself is just so full of positive wonderfulness and magic. Ughh words no worky. Me likey much!

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  19. Wow, that must take so much attention to detail! I love how they turned out. I know I wouldn't have the patience (or the steady hand) to do it myself, but I would love to show off my nails like that!

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  20. That is eye catching design! Love it I'd love to try this, I like the step by step and I've learned this nail art. Thank you for sharing it I'll share it to my friends too!

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  21. This is absolutely awesome! I'm in such awe of how you created this and I love your tutorial. :)

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  22. That's really pretty! Love how detailed this looks.

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  23. Love the design! I have never been good with nail designs. I tried once, and failed. I really want to try again after seeing this. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. Oh that's so pretty! The flowers are amazing!

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  25. This is beautiful Alps!!!! Very creative

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  26. Wow! This is so interesting! I have never seen nails painted this way. I love that it is artistic and beautiful and different. So cool! Love the dolphin!

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  27. Super creative and soooo detailed! You did an amazing job with these Alps!!

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  28. So clever to use vinyls for this! It came out so pretty!!!

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  29. Wow, this mani is awesome! So much detail, and what a great use of vinyls and other tools!

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  30. You are beyond creative, not to mention adventurous! I can barely paint my daughter nails without getting nail polish all over her cuticles and knuckles. Your nails looks awesome.

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  31. I could never pull something like this off. You are truly talented. There's a lot of detail for such tiny space, how long have you been doing such elaborate designs?

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  32. Oh wow, I love the nails, I have been wanting to get my nails done, living down in Florida, this would be so beautiful. This is so creative!

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  33. These look amazing! I love the use of vinyls to make things easier and the real flowers are a nice touch! Beautiful nail art!

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  34. Thank you Everyone for your lovely comments and encouragement :)

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  35. These are awesome, what a great way to combine techniques to do some landscape nail art!

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  36. WOW! This is so awesome! What a creative way to use those vinyls!

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  37. This is too cool! I love the ocean section and especially the dolphin :)

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  38. This is so cute, and such a creative use of vinyls and the scaled gradient technique!

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  39. I commend you ladies that can paint scenes on your nails! The tutorial you provided was very helpful. Especially since I've never even attempted a manicure like this. Now I have a place to start when/if I ever try.

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  40. Amazing alps you always surprise me with your creativity :)

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  41. Alps, You are Mind blowing. Your every single mani is a master piece. And this one is outstanding. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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  42. This is amazing!! I love when nail vinyls are used so creatively!!

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  43. OMG, so awesome!!! Really beautifully done. :)

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