Friday, October 19, 2012

Where in the World Challenge: Poland

#5 Poland: A Polish man, named Nicolaus Copernicus, was a Renaissance astronomer & the first person to make the discovery that took the Earth out of the center of the solar system & put the Sun in its place.

I used a glittery black for the space sky, you can't really see in the pictures very well, but oh well! I then used acrylic paints to make the Sun & all the planets.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Think Pink, a Wednesday in October

On Wednesdays we where pink & in October we honor those fighting breast cancer. Just a short post, with a little pink & a little prayer:

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another.~Buddha

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where in the World Challenge: Israel

#4 Israel: I got my inspiration from the Dome of the Rock, it's such a beautiful structure & I would love to see it in person one day. I did a simple reverse french mani in blue & gold to depict this amazing building.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Where in the World Challenge: Spain

#3 SPAIN: I immediately think of flamenco dancers, so how will I translate this on my nails? Why, Google flamenco dancer paintings online on course & I found this lovely painting  at nonprints & decided to run with it.

I had a dark teal color on my nails already that I had painted about 4 days ago, so on all of my nails except the ring finger I painted over the teal with a nude polish, I then used the saran wrap technique to make it look like the background of the painting. For my ring finger I painted one side black & one side red, then using a toothpick I swirled the colors together to look like the flamenco dancers skirt, OLE!

Funny note, my right hand turned out better that my left! This never happens & I am so happy it did because, quite frankly, my right hand was feeling left out.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Where in the World Challenge: Canada

#2: Canada. So I'm thinking "what can I do for Canada, eh?" well, they have the flag, that's an obvious pick. I also thought of doing  a pretty landscape with mountains & trees & river, but eh I wasn't feeling it. Then I started thinking that Canada has supplied us with a lot of fantastic actors who have entertained us a lot over the years, to name a few: Michael J. Fox, Brendan Fraser, Keanu Reeves, Anna Paquin, Christopher Plummer, Rachel Mcadams, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, the list goes on...So I thought maybe I should pick one of these gifts from Canada & pick a movie they have done & use that. 

I picked 2, that just happen to have been in the same movie....Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook". There were a lot of ideas I had for this movie, love letters, the costumes, dancing in the street, the kiss in the rain. I decided to go with a love letter & rain to portray the famous rain scene where he says "I wrote you 365 times".

Using a white on my ring finger & gray on the other fingers. With acrylic paints I used my fan brush & combined white & a light blue to make it look like it's raining. I used black & red for the letter on my ring finger. So here is my Canadian day design to celebrate the two lovely Canadian actors that attributed to this movie.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LDTTWC, day 8: Let's do the time warp challenge again!

It's a sad day, the challenge is over. I'd like to thank Lindsey for her creativity & organization of this challenge. I'd like to thank Nail Polish Canada for sponsoring this challenge. And I'd like to thank all the ladies who participated, I found new sites to obsess over & new ideas to recreate.

For today's final challenge I get to do just that, recreate a design done by one of the lovely ladies participating in in this challenge. I chose Tammy's day 4 nail art , Arsenic & Old Lace, for a couple reasons; 1. I love old movies, especially ones with Cary Grant. 2. It has lace on it, I'm a sucker for lacy things. 3. Tammy is an incredible artist & has beautiful work, I hope I can do her justice.

I used W7 Mercury, from the W7 Metallic planets collection, as my base. I found a set on eBay but I can't find them anywhere now, the colors are amazing, I think there are about 5 in this particular metallic set. I did a design with the one called Venus a while back, but they are all just beautiful so if you come across the W7 Metallic Planet set I would advise you to grab it as it is a rare & fabulous find. I don't have a stamping plate with a lace pattern so I did a freehand version with some acrylic paint. I used my new Dazzle Dry top coat that I am in love with, everybody should get on the dazzle band wagon, this stuff is fantastic! Here is my Arsenic & Old Lace design, & here I bid adieu as the challenge comes to a close.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Steven Tyler nails, because I must!

I have long adored Aerosmith, Steven Tyler is a rock GOD! Theirs was the first cassette tape, yes I said cassette tape, that I purchased with my own money. They were also the first non-christian music that I ever really listened to, & I had to hide the tape from my parents cause it wasn't allowed, lol, love you Dad! Favorite song: Hole in my Soul. I first saw this design done by Kelsie & she got inspired by both Steven & another lovely lady that I follow Sammy, you can see both their interpretations of the now iconic nails on the links I have provided. Here is my take:


Natural light

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

LDTTWC, day 7: You're timeless to me!

I had several ideas for this day as there are so many classic & timeless styles. Some of my favorite timeless looks include: Pencil skirts, pumps, trench coats & LBD's. So when thinking of these things & what I can translate on my nails LBD is out of the picture because that would basically be a plain black nail, I tried to think of how exactly I could a translate a pencil skirt & pumps into a design, hmmm...maybe not. So, the decision was the trench coat. So I'm Googling trench coats to get inspiration & found out they were invented by Burberry, I'm fairly new to fashion so don't laugh that I didn't know that. But then it hit me, I haven't gotten to do a Burberry Tartan design yet & I've wanted to & it's just beginning fall season so it's perfect. The Burberry company has been around since 1856 & the fact that their signature trench coats & tartan design are still popular today speaks volumes for their style genius. 

I used ELF desert haze for my base & then used a white polish from sally hansen to do the white criss cross pattern. After that dried a little I used black & red acrylic paints for the pattern detail.