Black & White Inkblot Nails // DIY Rorschach Nail Art Manicure

inkblot nails - black  and white manicure

I’m in love with this Rorschach Inkblot manicure. It spawned simply from wanting black and white nails without using polka dots or stripes. That was it really. But after I thought of it, I was perplexed at how to achieve the look without just free-handing it. So I kind of incorporated both. Obviously it can be recreated with any two contrasting colors and look great, but I love the high contrast black and white right now. Careful making your designs too wide though… it could go “cow” really easily 😉

What You’ll Need…

sephora opi nail  polishes

* Sephora by OPI “A-ha! Moment”
* OPI Siberian Nightsalmost black
* Essie ~ Good to Go top coat
* Painter’s tape & scissors

inkblot rorschach nails manicure diy

* Rip a piece of painter’s tape about an inch long. Carefully fold it in half, leaving the top apart and cut a small design into your folded edge. Think about a heart… you cut half a hear on a folded piece of paper then open it and you get a perfectly proportioned heart. This is the same.

inkblot nails - black and white manicure DIY

* I created about 10 different designs. ** My best designs were of three different sized shapes a bit apart {see the one with the heart below?}. Then I easily connected the shapes with a dot of polish in between… those came out the most inkblotty.

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* After applying a few coats of your white or base polish and allowing it to dry, adhere your tape design over your nail and carefully paint your darker shade over it.

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* Only allow it to set for a few seconds, then carefully pull your tape off. You don’t really want your design to be perfect.

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* To give them a bit more depth, I dotted on more polish, trying to mimic an inkblot & some symmetry on either side.

inkblot rorschach nails manicure

* You can skip the tape step if you think you can free-hand it… though I liked using it as a base design and working from it rather than starting from scratch.


Rorschach inkblot  nails  manicure

Rorschach inkblot nails manicure-black and white nails

Have Fun!

*Find all of my Nail Art Tutorials Here

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Jola

    April 11, 2012 |

    Wow, this looks really nice.
    Btw: how much time do you spent on your manicure? It would take me forever to do something like that!

  • Monique

    April 11, 2012 |

    The real question is, how do these nails make you feel? Jk
    Very creative idea!

  • Maria @ GLD

    April 11, 2012 |

    These are great! I would hate to lose all the hard work after just a few days, though. I can’t keep my finger nails decent for longer than 5 days

  • el_martina

    April 11, 2012 |

    this is sooo cool idea!!!

  • Olga Kotsani

    April 11, 2012 |

    Unique idea, fantastic result!!! Thanx for sharing!!!

  • Consider Me Lovely

    April 11, 2012 |

    i LOVE this Maegan!!! Can you come do mine? (I know I asked you that already, lol)

  • my very own lookbook

    April 11, 2012 |

    this is such a smart idea!

  • MyFashionInspiration

    April 11, 2012 |

    This is such a good idea! I will definitely try this myself 😀

    My Fashion Inspiration

  • Laura

    April 11, 2012 |

    they are amazing! I have to try it 🙂 really good idea 🙂

  • Nani

    April 11, 2012 |


  • clarity enhanced diamonds

    April 11, 2012 |

    This looks awesome… I want to do my nails like this!

  • Lorena

    April 11, 2012 |

    I love these !
    They’re like little cows 🙂

  • Gwen

    April 11, 2012 |

    I just pinned your photo so I can remember it next time I’m in for a fun little tape manicure! I bet it would look really great with a gold ink blot too!!

  • art deco engagement rings

    April 11, 2012 |

    This is an awesome idea. I’m going to try this!

  • Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts

    April 11, 2012 |

    wow, these are really clever! they look amazing!

  • Ewa Prokopczuk

    April 11, 2012 |

    I love the use of painter’s tape! What a great way to create a design, I am going to use this next time I try to make any nail art.

    🙂 Ewa

  • Jennifer

    April 11, 2012 |

    Way cool…

  • Tara

    April 12, 2012 |

    These are amazing, I love how each nail is unique 🙂

  • What Sadie Did

    April 12, 2012 |

    Brilliant idea for nail art – love it!!

    Sadie xx

  • Kayla

    April 12, 2012 |

    This looks awesome! Great pictures with the pink fur too!

  • sarina cocrock

    April 12, 2012 |
  • Marina

    April 12, 2012 |

    Great idea! Look amazing!


  • MrsF

    April 12, 2012 |

    This is such a fun idea, i absolutely love this! I’ve passed on the Versatile Blogger award to you for the rules see here. Thank you for the wonderful posts.

  • Chessa!

    April 12, 2012 |

    love this idea!

  • Kat

    April 12, 2012 |

    This is an AWESOME idea!

  • Virginia

    May 2, 2012 |

    Very original work. Nice nail art 😉

  • Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    September 28, 2012 |

    will be trying this!

  • noman

    January 6, 2013 |

    very good article kindly share foot monicure idea and i care my foot in winter session

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