Friday, March 17, 2017

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Digital Dozen redoes ART - Day 5 - The Son of Man

I made it to the end of art week. Yay me!

The artwork depicted in today's mani was actually one suggested by my husband.  I quizzed him by asking what he thought was a well known painting that was more or less achievable to for me to paint as nail art. Eg don't suggest a da Vinci, Monet or Rembrandt. He said to me, what about that painting of a man in a suit with an apple covering his face that is in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

Challenge accepted.

First challenge was to work out what that actual art work was called.  Of course google is just the most excellent thing, and typing "apple face art" as an image search bought the desired painting up immediately.  

The actual name of the artwork is called The Son of Man and it was painting in 1964 by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte.

I liked that the painting and a rather simple background that I could spread across my other nails. The dude in the suit was all painted free hand with polish.

Thanks for swinging by for another DD week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Digital Dozen redoes ART - Day 4 - Pop Art

Me - I'll just do a real quick reverse stamped mani with some pop art on it for Day 4.
Me two hours later - Why is this so slow and impossible to do neatly!!

I saw my Moyou Pro Collection 10 plate and thought I'd made a really quick and easy choice for today's design, but it turned out to be very time consuming and hard to look neat. 

I also wish the Marilyn image was a bit smaller so I could actually fit her hair onto the nail. I guess I could have tried that squishy technique where you squish the stamper inwards before putting it onto the nail, but I thought if I tried that for the first time with a image of a face, she may not end up looking like Marilyn at all. Actually I wish all the images were a bit smaller so you could see Micky, the lips and the ducks in full.

The end look was pretty psychedelic across all my nails. Lots of bright colours, that is for sure and I do feel like I did ok with the Pop Art theme.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Digital Dozen redoes ART - Day 3 - Expressionism - The Scream

There are some art styles and art works that are absolutely iconic, and I think today's is one of them. Hopefully it's obvious enough that I attempted The Scream, a well known painting by Edvard Munch in the late 1800's

Freehand nail art is so hard.  This took me ages, and even still it feels and looks like a bit of a half arsed attempt. Oh well, we only get better with practice don't we. This was all painted with nail polish, not acrylic paint.  In fact I don't know why I keep going back to polish instead of acrylic paint when I'm attempting things like this.  I've already proven to myself that it is actually way easier to paint with acrylic than with polish. Maybe it's cause I only have a handful of acrylic colours, where as my selection of nail polish colours is nearly endless.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Digital Dozen redoes ART - Day 2 - De Stijl

Welcome to day 2 of Digital Dozen redoes Art.  Today I've gone with a classic art design that translates very easily to nail art. Most nail artists call this sort of design colour blocking, but this specific colour combination and style style is called De Stijl, also know and neoplasticism, and was a Dutch artistic movement founded in about 1917. 

All the imagery you see of De Stijl shows strong black lines with blocks in royal blue, red, yello and white, as well as a little bi of grey.

I could have done a neater job with this had I used striping tape, but instead I just did the lines freehand.  I think it's important to practice free hand lines every now and then. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

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Digital Dozen redoes ART - Day 1 - Enligthen Canberra birds

Welcome to the start of another Digital Dozen nail art week. I've actually managed to get my act together for this week and have already prepared all my manis.  Which really is quite impressive considering I've been back at work for the last week and a half and have been pretty exhausted every night when I got home from work.  I'm pretty lucky it was a long weekend here in Canberra so I had an extra day to do me things.

The public holiday is for Canberra Day, and in the 10 days leading up to Canberra Day the city has showcased the Enlighten Festival.  The festival is an night time light art exhibition with lots of outdoor light exhibits. Things such as light projections onto many of the main national building like the National Science and Technology Center, the National Art Gallery, Old Parliament House, The National Portrait Gallery etc. They also have a night noodle market and other stand alone interactive light installations.

My nail art for day one is inspired by one of the lighting installations called The Birds.  It was a long series of sticks into the ground with colour changing LED bird lights. Sometimes the birds were all the same colour, other times they were a rainbow.

Here are some other pictures we took from the night we visited.  This is the National Science and Technology Centre.  That building is four stories tall.

Here is the national portriat gallery. This one was very fun this year, where you could get your photo taken and then is would move along the wall on an animated slide show with gears and sound effects to add to the whole experience.  Both my kids had their photo taken, can you guess which ones they are?

This exhibit was called the Cloud and it was made with recycled round incandescent light bulbs. On the inside was hundreds of lights that could all be turned on and off by the strings that look like rain hanging below the cloud. Very interactive and my kids have never had so much fun turning lights on and off.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

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Different Dimension Family with Butterfly Wings

Well where did that last week go?  I'll tell you where, it went back to work.  I've been off on personal leave since I had my surgery in December for my shattered foot.  The bones seemed to be healing well, but my surgery wound split open, and as such I was under doctors orders to keep off my foot and keep it elevated until the split wound healed. My wound finally healed over and I was given the ok to return to work after 12 weeks off.  

Returning to work after such a long time was weird. I felt like the new girl again.  Much of my first day was spent being a social butterfly and filling my colleagues in on what had happened to me.  I'm still being briefed about what has happened at work in that time.  It's odd because it seems like everything has changed, new people in new jobs etc, yet nothing has changed at all.

So with the return to work I've really not got to the polish table much. I actually had the same mani on for the full week last week! I sure hope I'm able to do some new nail art in the next day or two.

This nail art is old. This is actually the mani I wore for my birthday last year!  It's been sitting there waiting for me to post for three months.

I've got another Digital Dozen next week, so I'm really going to have to get my act together and prepare my five manis for that.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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The Polish Chrome Wars Part 9 - Scattered holo flakie edition

A couple of weeks ago I saw the amazing videos and photos on the Ocean Nail Supply's instagram page of their new scattered holo powder called Galaxy holo.  I jumped over to their site to buy a small jar and balked at the $40USD price tag for a 1.8g jar.  They also had a 1g jar for $25USD. I was going to bite the bullet and buy it, but upon checkout I discovered I was going to be charged $40USD for shipping to Australia.  For 1g! Are you kidding me!  So needless to say I didn't buy any and figured I would wait until other suppliers got their hands on it.

A week later, I was catching up with nail polish creator extraordinaire, Hayley of Emily de Molly fame, and she mentioned that Spectraflair4U had recently stocked a new loose form of the scattered holo flakes (which had previously only been available mixed into polish base).  Without question I immediately ordered some for us both. Not only was it $6USD a gram, but shipping was reasonable and it got here in only a week!  Great service there! Here is a link to the product on Spectraflair4U.

As soon as it arrived, I had to play.  It comes in a small ziplock plastic baggie, but I decided to transfer mine into a small clear 1g jar for ease of use in the future.  I'm pleased to say that it is a generous 1g in the bag, as my jar was full and there was still some left in the bag.

I just applied this like all the other chrome powders, which is giving it a gentle rub into the base polish. Like usual, I used Dance Legend Glitter Base in black as my base because it dries to a rubbery like finish.  I topped it with a water based top coat, specifically the one from the Born Pretty store that came with the mirror chrome polish.

This is so amazing, the flame is so intense and the finish so chunky and sparkly, yet it is totally smooth on the nail. I love it so much. I'm going to be trying it over different coloured bases mext, then I'm going to be using it in jelly sandwiches, and then I might just rub it all over my body!

Just a note on this, like the multichrome flakies, these are super light and will blow everywhere with just the slightest breeze.  It's also really messy during the application, even though I used a latex barrier.  Good news is that clean up is a cinch, After applying the top coat and letting it dry, I just washed my hand under soapy water and all the flakies over my fingers and hands were gone. 

Go and rub all the things into your nails!

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Picture Polish Nail Art Challenge - Gradient

This week I decided to participate in the second Picture Polish Nail Art Challenge. The day to post was yesterday, and I actually only decided to participate at about 9.30pm last night.  I was able to get my entry uploaded to Instagram with 20 minutes to spare before midnight last night.

The theme for the challenge was 'Gradient' and you could use between 2 and 5 Picture Polish shades. Upon reading the instructions again today I noticed that they were clarified to say Gradient only, which means you weren't suppose to put stamping or other nail art on top.  I'm therefore not sure if this two toned recipricol gradient would still count because of the two white vertical lines, but really I entered cause I really wanted to create this nail design again.

I did a similar pattern last year, but I had the colours reversed, with the red on the outside and the blues in the middle. I also used more colours and had stronger and deeper shades. So whilst this is very similar, it felt very different.

The five polishes I used where. Bright white for the base. Crazy and Love for the red/yellow gradient and Swagger and Tingle for the blue/green gradient.

There were hundreds of entries for this challenge, and I wish there was an easy way for everyone to see them.  Because it's run through instagram and using a hashtag for entry, not everyone's posts show under the hashtag. It's really stupid how instagram limit the number of results returned.
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