Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Aboriginal Dotted Nail Art

Hi there!

Today I have some nail art to share with you that I was very excited about (The 'was' because unfortunately they are long gone and I haven't had time to post).

I recently visited the Aboriginal art gallery at Kings Park (website here: http://www.aboriginalgallery.com.au/). As my partner and I wandered around the small gallery I was getting very excited by all the beautiful dotted art, which is the traditional visual art form of the Aborigines from the Western Australian Central Desert. The Aboriginal dotted art generally consists of lots and lots of dots which make up symbols and patterns associated with dreamtime stories. Bright colors are now more common with the use of acrylic paint, but traditional dot painters used natural pigments such as ochre, crashed seeds (ref).

Here's a small diagram with some of the more common symbolism (see above reference). From what I have seen over the years, one of the most common symbols used is the people sitting around a camp (well I guess it's a few symbols together). I thought it would be perfect for me to recreate on my nails!

I decided to go for a bit of a mixture between the traditional colours of oranges and reddish browns and the more modern use of bright colours. I love putting turquoise with earthy colours (or anything really) and I had been dying to use my Picture Polish Sea Jewel again since I did the Fremantle docker nails. 

The polishes were:
Background neutral : Butter London Yummy Mummy
Orange: China Glaze Life Preserver
Brown/red: OPI Skyfall
Gold: Sally Hansen Golden-I
Turquoise glittery suspension: Picture Polish Sea Jewel

I used the smallest dotting tool I could find for the majority of the dots and a small brush to paint the "people sitting" and the smallest dots. 

So what do you think? I absolutely loved these nails and I feel proud to contribute some Indigenous Australian nail art to all of the other tribal nail art inspired from people around the world. 

Thanks very much for stopping by :)


  1. Beautiful! I love dotticures and the colors are fantastic :)

    1. Thanks very very much Anutka! Both for the lovely comment and designing/collaborating on the Sea Jewel polish! haha. It's one of my very favorites =D

  2. Sea Jewel is gorgeous, I really like your mani. I did an aboriginal art inspired one, but I did use earthy colours. Yours is so different from your choice of colours!

    1. Yay I found yours! They are really lovely- I'm going to leave a link here for others to find them :)


  3. Eye Catching!! Love the color combo (:

    1. Thanks very much!
      Thanks for leaving comments for me all the time- It always makes my day :)

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  5. Yeah! The nail art is the most common and interesting topic; especially for the girls. Well this kind of Aboriginal Art is really marvelous. I like to use mostly colored dotted print on my nails as compared to other designs.


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