Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nail Art Challenge: Pattern!


Week 7 of the Polish Swap Society's Nail Art Challenge is Pattern! Find a dress, pattern, painting to inspire you to create a mani to match. Please also post a photo of the inspiration.

I had made a previous attempt that was a FAIL. I thought I would try a different pattern but after some thought (& time on YouTube) I wanted to try the same pattern. I've been hearing about the Led Lighting Technique for about a month. This video helped me to better understand what exactly it is. It's a stained glass effect. Why they call it Led Lighting makes no sense to me but whatevs.

In case you didn't see my FAIL post my inspiration is my new Victoria's Secret Forever Sexy Convertible Halter Bikini in the Blue Paisley print. Not the easiest print to replicate but I love the colors. 

I applied 2 coats of China Glaze, White On White to all my nails and let it dry completely.

I stamped on the Paisley Print Image from Bundle Monster Plate BM-315 using Barielle's Tres Chic. This super dark blue creme is almost black and stamps beautifully since it's so opaque.

Then, I filled in the image with the following mixes (I mixed them to make them sheer):

1 drop China Glaze, Flip Flop Fantasy (super neon coral) / 4 drops CND Effects Crimson Sparkle

1 drop Illamasqua, Cameo (vivid periwinkle blue) / 4 drops Elixir Lacquers, Bad Kitty 

1 drop Nina Ultra Pro, Sailor (deep indigo blue) / 4 drops CND Effects Jade Sparkle

I used a very fine dotting tool to fill in the stamp and a very fine detail brush to fill in the areas between the stamped images. It gave it a water color effect.

I finished it off with a coat of In A Hurry.

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