Arden here: I've got a quick Nail of the Day for you! With this design, I wanted to experiment with both solid color blocks and dots. While it probably isn't my best-executed nail design, I think in the future something similar would look really cool!
I started by painting my nails Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. This is part of the Essie 2013 spring collection, and when I first got it in the store, I thought it was a greyish light green (especially compared to the other colors in the collection). But on my nails, it looks MUCH more bluish gray (maybe with a little bit of a greenish hue?). Something to know if you're considering getting it!
I then taped off my nails and painted a triangle section Essie Peach Daiquiri. (My pointer finger is not painted because even though I had painted my nails Maximillian Strasse Her THE NIGHT BEFORE, I still ended up pulling up some of the paint w/ my tape and had to repaint that one.)
Next, I used Essie Good as Gold to make dots in lines perpendicular to the pink color blocks. Had I been patient, I would've waited for my nails to completely dry and then taped off that section to help me make straight lines of dots. Instead, I freehanded it, which looked ok on some nails (*cough cough* my ring finger), and not so great on others (ahem, my middle finger). And to finish the design, I made my pointer finger an accent nail by dotting it up. In retrospect, I wish I'd left the pink dots off that finger-- it looked a lot better when it was just grey and gold.
I definitely think this a cool effect, and I look forward to trying it again in the future! Has anyone else experimented with dots and solid color blocks together?