Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31DC2014 Day 31- Honor nails you love

I DID IT I DID IT I DID IT I DID IT! I got through the challenge this year, woo!

As of posting this, I'm back to tiny nubbins, because my middle finger nail has broken off. It's been broken for about a week now, but it was partially still attached so I held it together with glue for the homestretch. Once this mani came off, I decided to let it rest in peace (peices? shhh). So now I'll have nubs for a while. Ah well!

Today I decided to take inspiration from Polish All The Nails and her amaaazing glitter placement skills. I can't say I did it justice, but I didn't do  half bad! I'm especially proud of my middle finger here. Can you believe that just this hand took me over an hour?? I don't think I will be doing a full hand again any time soon, and I am in even greater awe of Laura for doing this on a regular basis.

After today I think I'm gonna go back over all the inlinkz from this challenge and check out a bunch of blogs. I've been so busy with the challenge that I've really only been checking out 2-3 new posts per day, so now I'm gonna go archive diving and make up for that!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31DC2014 Day 30- Inspired by a tutorial

Today I did stamp decals, inspired by a tutorial from NailzCraze. I know that a bunch of people have made tutorials for this, but Natalie's post was the first I'd ever heard of it, so this is dedicated to her :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

31DC2014 Day 29- Inspired by the supernatural

Today's manicure is a Fairy Ring, complete with a couple of abstract fairies (accidentally abstract, you could say :P) I love fairy rings, because while they look adorable and lighthearted, the mythos surrounding them is actually pretty creepy- children being abducted by the Fair Folk, getting trapped in other realms, changelings... innocent looking sinister things are really intriguing to me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

31DC2014 Day 27- Inspired by art

I decided to take a slightly more abstract approach to today's challenge. It's odd, because today's theme is possibly the most evocative of all of them, but try as I might I couldn't think of a piece of art that I wanted to work on. Either it was something beyond my ability to do justice to, or it was something that I knew a lot of other people would tap for inspiration.

So instead I decided to draw inspiration from a piece of music- not a song, mind you, a jazz composition. One of my favorites- Take Five by Dave Brubeck. I challenge you to give it a listen and tell me that's not a work of art.

I had already printed the sheet music out on water decal paper a long time ago, so it was simply a matter of finding a flattering and fun way to display it. I tried to give it a fun, lighthearted look. Here is what I came up with!

Friday, September 26, 2014

31DC2014 Day 26- Inspired by a pattern

I took today's inspiration from a very personal place. For my 20th birthday, my dad got me two strings of beautiful pearls- one freshwater and one saltwater- during a business trip he took to Beijing. I've worn both strands of pearls many times since. Today's art is inspired by the little satchel he brought me the pearls in- a beautiful burgundy color embroidered with elaborate gold and cushioned on the inside to keep the pearls safe. In the nearly  decade since the satchel has gotten a little frayed, but it still is very dear to me. Since I queued the posts for the high holidays in advance, I will no longer have this art on by the time this post propagates, but there's a high likelihood that I'm wearing one of the strings of pearls :)

(I couldn't find an exact match to the burgundy, so this is my closest  shade!)

I'd also like to note that this post officially means that I've gotten further in 31DC than last year, woo!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

31DC2014 Catchup 19-20-21-22

Day 19- Galaxies

It's kind of a pity I ended up posting these on a catchup day, because I think these might be the best galaxy nails I've ever done. Ah well, next time I'll try harder to post on time!

Day 20- Water Marble

You know, the very first nail art I ever did was a water marble. I must have had beginner's luck, because at the time I thought it was really easy! Now I can still manage it, but there are a lot more tears involved.

Day 21- Inspired by a color

I'm fairly predictable when it comes to colors- usually it's either some iteration of teal or purple. But to be a little more specific, this design is inspired by matte purple! (uh... ignore that my previous purple post was also matte shhhhh)

Day 22- Inspired by a song

This was inspired by the song Fireflies by Owl City. I dunno what it is about that song- I am so so so in love with it. It makes the world feel like magic.
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