1. Apply a clear base coat. 2. Apply two coasts of glossy purple or lavender polish. Let dry. 3. Place a thick drop of black or dark charcoal polish on a paper plate. Lightly dip the tip of a ballpoint pen into the polish. 4. Gently press the pen tip onto the center of your nail to create a small dot. Continue the dipping and dotting for each nail, working outward to create a grid or staggering for an abstract effect. (Clean excess polish from the pen every few dots to prevent buildup and messy results.) 5. Finish with a clear top coat.