Category Archives: 31 day challenge 2014

Day 31 Honour nails you love…

Look at that, I made it! No one is more surprised than me that I actually managed to do this challenge, I hope that everyone has kept up as well. Today’s nails are inspired by these from Eeeek! Nail polish! I love these nails, they are so cute! Gemma and I both used OPI “My Boyfriend Scales Walls” and stamping plate BM-13. I used Revlon Red as I don’t have the same bright Essie red that she used.

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I’m glad I did this challenge, it has taught me many things. Not to fluff around so much with nail art…just do it! That it doesn’t have to take hours and like anything the more you do it, the quicker,better and more efficient you get. I’ve learnt how to use my camera better, to set the white balance and get a feel for what some of the settings do. I also learnt how to use gimp better and about gel polish. So I would recommend this challenge to anyone wanting to become better at nail art and to do it at the pace its set, or at least as quick as you can. Even better if before it starts you can have a few days manis up your sleeve!

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Day 30 Inspired by a tutorial…

Hello, I can see the finish from here! As Halloween is not far away and I loooove zombies I’ve used this tutorial by Robin Moses to create these nails.

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I mixed up a base colour, like she does in her video, which is a green flesh tint, perfect zombie colour! Then painted the ripped nails in acrylic paint. In a mani like this, I find it hard to stop at the nails, the whole hand has to be zombie-fied!

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So I smeared some mascara around and found an old piece of string…. did I mention I love zombies?! I find them hilarious and so far fetched!!

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Day 29 Inspired by supernatural….

Can’t say I’m all that inspired for this prompt or really feeling in a nail art mood today. So I took the easy way out and made a waterslide decal using this image from Point Blank designs. I really like Sara’s paintings and think she should sell waterslide decals of her work. How cool would that be?

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I’ve painted the two middle fingers with OPI “My Vampire Is Buff” (how could I choose any other?!) and the two outside fingers with A England “Sleeping Palace”. Over that I’ve stamped with Revlon Red using bundle monster plate BM-416 for the blood splatter pattern.

 

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Day 28 Inspired by a flag….

Hello, I remember last year that someone (I forget who, sorry) did a pirate flag, so this got me thinking what is a different flag that I can do. The slogan “Swim between the flags” hit me.

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In Australia on patrolled surf beaches, we have volunteers who put up red and yellow flags, to signify where it is safe to swim. They chose the spot with least current and the surf life saving club of that beach monitors it and rescues people who get in trouble while swimming. They are highly trained volunteers by the way! Read more about them here.

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So I painted a simple, almost abstracted beach scene, with nail polish. I have painted the flags in acrylic paint only because it gives better coverage over the blue than polish.

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I believe other countries do this too, such as the UK and USA but I don’t know the name for it there. Perhaps you can tell me? Here is a funny youtube song, which is really quite silly, but educational!

 

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Day 27 Inspired by an artwork…

Hello! This would have to be the prompt I was looking forward to the most, I really enjoy doing artwork inspired manis and have done quite a few of them. I’ll link at the end. Today I chose this expressionist painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch called “The Scream”. I saw this painting in Oslo a few years ago and read that Munch heard a scream and saw the sky turn red.

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I started by outlining the major shapes in a dirty pink colour and then filled in the colours from there. Working from the background (sky) to the foreground (bridge). As you would with a painting on canvas, putting one plane over the next to help create the illusion of distance.

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I have painted this with only nail polish and have left it without a top coat to give the brushstrokes more texture. I’ve had to stretch the image out a bit to fit it across four nails and I find it hard to get my fingers to line up neatly! If you are interested here are some of my other artwork manis, Megan DuncansonMirza Zupljanin, Magritte, Goth Mona Lisa, Abigail Larson, Pollack, Monet, Warhol twice, Degas, Kahlo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Seurat and Michelangelo. I am most proud of Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” and Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” which nearly sent me crossed eyed! Also here is one of my own paintings.

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Day 26 Inspired by a pattern….

I’ve been wanting to do woodgrain for awhile now and I’m hoping it fits for a pattern. I’ve painted on different wood coloured polishes and dragged a dotting tool through the wet polish to create the grain. On the ring finger I’ve tried to create the look of aged wood.

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I think there is lots of room for improvement on this one! So it will have to be revisited some time in the future.

 

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Day 25 Fashion…

Today’s nails are inspired by the fashion label Emily the Strange. I have done Emily nails once before, last time with a decal. This time I wanted to hand paint her. I used this picture to base Emily on.

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First I started with a base of Revlon Red over that I painted a black squiggly line, top and bottom. Then I painted Emily and her cat Sabbath with black and white acrylic paint. Emily has four cats, the crazy cat lady starts young!

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I really need to get better brushes and a better light! I thought she would look good matte, but when I added a glossy top coat I think I like glossy better.

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I added gold gems, to match with the Revlon bottle I was holding and then all of a sudden….it reminds me of Jean Luke Picard from Star Trek!!! See what  I mean??!! It’s funny how your mind associates these things!

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I hope you’re laughing, because I am!  From Emily to Star Trek…I wonder how many cats they have on The Enterprise?!

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Day 24 Inspired by a book…

Inspired by the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I made a decal (using printable waterslide decal paper) from this artwork by Sara Bowerstock. You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop, Point Blank Design.

Day 24 inspired by a book

I added to Frankenstein’s head with green and yellow nail polish, to make the design fit the whole nail. The other three nails are painted with OPI “My Vampire Is Buff”, over that I smeared some greyish brown polish to look like old book pages. Then I stamped with Messy Mansion plate MM24. I finished with OPI matte top coat, because you just can’t have shiny book pages! I love the matte look, it even feels like paper! Since making this decal, I have found this image on a stamping plate, it is Sugar Bubbles SB010.

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Day 23 Inspired by a movie…

Yay two posts in one day is the only way to get back on track! When looking through my movies A Clockwork Orange jumped out and said “Pick me!”

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At first I was just going to paint the eye on the white nail and leave the others orange. Then I remembered the watch parts I have and kind of chuckled to myself as this is orange with clockwork!! Ha ha I’m so funny! Also when I searched for images sometimes the eye is depicted as a gear, even better, less painting for me! I think I went overboard on the gears though, I forgot that less is more sometimes.

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Day 22 Inspired by a song….

Totally late for this one, wrong day even! I had an idea for a song and then changed it at the last minute. You might know that I like dance music, so instead of being inspired by one song, I took my inspiration from a style of music. This was also another mani on my to-do list! I found this great tutorial and a new way of applying nail art foil, which I have never had much luck with. This method is brilliant and so easy, I did find I needed to use of few coats of polish though.

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After I had applied the green, gold to orange foil, I used Sally Hansen “Nail Shine Miracle” top coat. Over some striping tape I gently sponged black polish, removed the tape and hey presto….lazers! Then I stamped the crowd using Messy Mansion plate MM02. I printed a Ministry of Sound logo on waterslide decal paper and applied that over OPI “Push and Shove”. I love this mani, it would have to be one of my favourites…ever!!

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It’s one of those ones I never want to take off! Here’s the photo I used as inspiration, can’t wait for the new M.O.S. Annual next month.

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