Someone asked for a guide to the asa-no-ha design, so here it is. Asa-no-ha is a traditional Japanese geometric motif based on the hemp leaf. It’s a little tricky to paint, but I love how it looks.
On top of your base base coat (or on a nude nail like I did here), you’ll want to lay out some dots as guidelines. The distribution is pretty much what you would use for nice, even polka dots, but it’s important that the dots have certain properties. They should essentially form rows of evenly spaced, horizontal lines, as shown in the third picture. The rows should also be evenly offset from each other, as shown in the fourth pic. This means each dot should be placed midway between two dots in the row below it. You can also think of the dots as forming the vertices of equilateral triangles, if that helps. Here I’m using Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her as the base and black acrylic paint for the dotes/lines.
Once you have your guide marks, you can start connecting adjacent dots to form triangles. Once the whole nail is covered in triangles, it’s time for another round of dots. Place one in the center of each triangle.
Finally, these dots get connected, by three lines, to the vertices (points) of the triangle. Just make a straight line from the center to one of the points, then make another two lines to the other two points. Once you’ve done this for every triangle, you’re done! I put a dab of Zoya Maria Luisa (gold flakie/celophane) at the corners of the triangles (which now look like the centers of starbursts), just to add a little something special.
Hopefully that made sense and wasn’t overly technical. As always, feel free to ask questions!