To say that it was daunting to recreate Michelangelo’s brilliance on nails, is an understatement. So many masterpieces to choose from. Michelangelo considered himself to be a sculptor, not a painter. The “Pieta” was carved in 1497-1500 for a French cardinal in Rome and today stands in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vatican City. I have been lucky enough to see it in person. The delicacy and technical brilliance earned Michelangelo his reputation and on his return to Florence he was commission to sculpt the famous “David”.
So here is my take on Michelangelo’s brilliance, this is painted on fake nails with watercolour paint and sealed with matte top coat. I really enjoyed trying to create a marble look on the other nails and with watercolour paint this was easy, but still time consuming. I painted fine dark grey lines and then put drops of water over to wash most of the paint away. I took excess water away with a q-tip and did the same with white, til the effect was soft and marble like.