Well it seems this is a popular look this time of year! In my browsing of nail art today, many designs popped up like this. A gradient with a spooky scene. I wanted to create a scene of bats flying from the woods, across the suburbs to invade the city, or something like that!
I started with a couple of coats of Color Club “Jackie Oh!”, then sponged some paler no name pink on the tips. Then working from the middle up I sponged Color Club “Jack ‘n Jill” and “Ulterior Motive”. Finishing around the cuticle line with Chi Chi “Sophisticated Sassy”. Then I stamped with black using plate BBF 02 for the house and the bats. BM-224 for the spooky trees and plate Fun 2 for the city skyline. I love pink and black together!
If you watch the tv show The Walking Dead, you will be familiar with the fence around the jail that keeps the “walkers” out. I’ve tried to re-create that look by using this plate from BBF for the zombies, Mash-41 for the fence and Moyou plate 08 from the Biker collection for the barb wire. I started with a base of dappled grays and blues, then stamped over it with black and grays.
Have you ever noticed that I think in nearly every jail/fence scene it is overcast? I noticed this the other day and also when they kill lots of zombies, why isn’t there a massive pile of dead zombie bodies? But there is never a pile of bodies!
I thought I’d take a break from gory Halloween manis for today. Here I’ve used Savvy nail polish, on the pinky and index finger, in “Black Martini” which is a blackish polish loaded with silver glitter and the odd pieces of red in there too.
For the silver stamping I’ve used BBF plate 18 and the stud is from Born Pretty store, you can find them here. I like this, simple, elegant but at the same time a touch grungy.
Something strange has happened…it feels weird not to be painting nails! I thought the challenge would leave me never wanting to paint nails again, but the opposite has happened! While thinking of ideas for black and white day, I remembered the kids joke, “What is black and white and red all over?” A newspaper! We mostly think of newsprint as being black letters on white paper, so I mixed it up a bit.
At first I wanted to stamp red splatter over the words, but that didn’t work. So I just added some red with A England “Rose Bower” and some studs. The newsprint is stamped with Messy Mansion plate MM24.
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.
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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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?
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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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.
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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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.
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!!
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.
Well I’m a whole day late on this one and I blame glitter itself! This is the second try, the first one I scraped, because the design ended up being pretty boring and I just couldn’t get the photos to do it any justice.
I’ve used OPI “My Favourite Ornament”, China Glaze “Passion” on the ring finger and stamped over it with black using BBF plate 24.
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