Saturday, March 31, 2012

St. Patty's day abstract

A little late in coming but here is the St. Patty's day design I did this year. Feeling artsy once again I veered away from the traditional clover designs & went with the basic color scheme of the holiday but challenged myself to come up with something new & different. I found a pretty abstract painting & using my long striping brush I made thin little strokes in each color building up a sort of ombre faded look until the entire nail was covered. Here is the result:

I used both acrylic paint & nail polish for this design...

Here are the step by step pictures I took to show how I applied the color using only the thin striping brush:

I hope everybody had a great St. Patty's day celebration this year.
"May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Movie/Nail night

It's been awhile since I've hosted one of these & I can't think of a better reason than the wonderful event of my sister arriving back in the USA after serving over a year in Afghanistan. All she could talk about was how great it is to be able to dress like a girl again, going shopping for dresses & high heels & how much she wanted a mani-pedi...VIOLA, movie/nail night it is!!!!

"Here's lookin' at you kid"
Movie choice of the night..."Casablanca"  

We cut up some cheese, popped open a few bottles of wine, while I got out all my fun little paint brushes, colors & design books. Bellow are the lovely hands of my dear friends & family that entrusted me enough to be my guinea pigs for the night...enjoy!

My returning sister Danni's hot pink design
My sister Cheri's simple red & black

BFF Tara's blue dotted tips

My Japanese inspired floral

Close family friend Kim's blue polka dotted tips

Step Mom Kristy's cherry blossoms

Hope ya'll have a wonderful week, enjoy your friends & family & count your many blessings!