So at the risk of having my mum ring me everyday for the next week, I’m going to share with you a little secret….. I get depressed, there I’ve said it! Apparently 80% of the population do at some point. When I feel down, I don’t feel like doing anything, but today I made myself do nails, because I know that being creative also makes me happy. So when looking for a plate that appealed to me in my crappy mood, Moyou London Punk collection 04 jumped out at me. Maybe it was the skeleton sticking up its middle finger?!
On my middle finger, I’ve used my all time favourite polish OPI “Push and Shove” and stamped over it in black with that naughty skeleton…how rude! On the ring finger I’ve used a black leather effect polish and some seriously dangerous looking studs! The other two fingers are just a coat of black stamped with Essie “No Place Like Chrome” and a gorgeous skull /wallpaper like pattern. Thanks for looking and mum I feel better today okay. So to all you people that feel down sometimes, seriously doesn’t everyone, remember you are not alone. That doing something that you enjoy, often makes you feel better. Exercise is a great too….*note to self….do more exercise!
When I think about orange, Greek pottery springs to mind. This design I’ve done twice before, once handpainted and once stamped. I’m using the stamping plates from Moyou London explorer collection, plate 18 that I didn’t stamp with last time.
I started with a base of Max Factor “Satsuma” and using the cling film technique added Essence “Happy” and Loreal 805 (a brown/gold colour). After stamping I applied a matte top coat.
The stamp I’ve used on the thumb, despite being on Suki plate 06, has always looked Greek to me. Back tomorrow with yellow.
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Today’s nails are inspired by a couple of pictures that I have hanging on my wall. They are printed fabric and I got them at a thrift shop.
I’ve stamped the Japanese writing with Moyou London plate 05, from the Suki collection. On the middle nails I’ve hand painted the ladies. Once outlined in watercolour, I’ve filled in the colours with nail polish.
By chance I was interviewed in another magazine this week. The interview was actually done awhile ago, but only just published. Here is the link if you are interested. Thanks to NailIt! magazine. But really one interview with me says it all! There is a photo of me in fancy dress, what was I thinking sending them that pic?!
Today’s prompt for the Moyou London challenge is “silence”. So I tried to create the feel of a winter’s morning, where a bird sits warming itself in the sun. Surrounded by bushes or “brambles”.
I’ve stamped the wood grain pattern from biker plate 08 to look like fog, the stamped swirls and the bird from pro collection 04. Thanks for looking, I’m still on holiday, but I’ll be back soon.
Two prompts rolled into one…it’s late, I’m tired….must post nails….
Firstly Outfit Of The Day is inspired by a t-shirt I own. I posted a photo of it on Instgram if you would like to check it out there.
I’ve used Moyou London plates 05 and 06 from the Suki Collection. Over a beige to pink gradient background, I stamped first with Mundo de Unas “Mexican Pink” and then with Color Club “Ms. Socalite” using the same bamboo leaf design. I made a decal with the Geisha image and cream polish. I added a few touches of Japanese writing and sealed it all with China Glaze “Fast Forward” top coat. I will have to actually wear the shirt and nails together!
For the prompt Childhood, I’ve used the top right image on plate 13 from the Princess Collection, which reminds me of sheets or curtains that we had when I was a kid.
I’ve used the leadlighting technique to thin the polish down and apply it over the stamped design. This is spot on how I can remember some interesting retro designs! Thanks for looking back soon with more Moyou madness!
Just a quick post today for the theme Geometric. I made these decals a while ago and was trying to make them look like they went from blue to pink, by changing one colour on each nail.
Although I think they have come out a bit disjointed looking and not the smooth transition of colour that I had in mind. I’ve used Moyou London plate 05 from the Suki Collection to make decals. The polishes are Kleancolor minis from the Retro City and Techno High box sets.
Well I’m putting Messy Mansion Monday’s on hold since Moyou London are having a stamping challenge for the month of May. For more details check their page on Instgram.
Today the theme is “Red”, which inspires me to use plate 13 from the Tourist Collection. This plate has a full image of St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square, Moscow. I remember going here with my parents when I was a kid, I thought then and still do now what an amazing looking church!!
I have made stamped decals and for the first time have managed to apply them well. I think that the trick might be to paint your nail in clear polish,( I’ve been using Cutex “2 in 1 base coat), then to gently press each decal into the wet polish. To get the decal to sit flat I gently pressed on it with the stamper. No bubbles! Then I added a coat of China Glaze “Fast Forward” to seal it all.
These came out just as I imagined they would, love it when that happens. Here is St. Basil’s in all its glory!