Creative musings in bright colors

Posts tagged ‘animal’

Bringing Tiger Back

Traditionally, animal print day of the 31 Day Challenge has been one of my least favorites. I don’t enjoy leopard print, and I’ve done the traditional tiger stripes far too many times for it to be enjoyable. This time, I found a design that is still tiger-striped, but in a different way!

IMG_9325

This mani was inspired by Polish and Paws because I never even thought to use this stamp! The other ones on the plate still don’t speak to me, but this was fun.

IMG_6708

I also used this to compare my two dark orange glittery shimmer polishes…but totally forgot to take photos before the nail art was done! Oops. Anyway, on my pinky and pointer is two coats of OPI DS Indulgence, while on my ring, middle, and thumb is two coats of A England Gloriana. Indulgence is much brighter with more of a golden shimmer to it, while Gloriana is darker and has distinct golden flecks. The end result is that Gloriana looks more understated and elegant while Indulgence pops more!

IMG_6712

Colors:
~ Orange shimmer: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Orange fleck: A England – Gloriana
~ Gold: Petites Color Fever – 24 karat Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – 613

IMG_9338

Also I NEED polish thinner. 24 karat gold, which I used for the glitter gradient, is a dried up mess, useless for anything other than dab-on gradients! And even then it is painful to work with. Hope you enjoyed!

Stitch!

Have some animated-film nail art! I don’t actually know why I thought I’d be able to do Stitch’s face well…I am really really bad at drawing faces even on PAPER much less on NAILS. Oh well! Even if he looks like a little monster, it is still cute.

img_8673

This was inspired by tinas_polish, and her Stitch is ADORABLE. Unlike my demon-spawn (which is technically l accurate, but I was trying to go for cute).

img_3460

I think I have 1-2 more animated film manis ready to post after this Challenge is over! Soooo cloooose…lets see if I can make it through!

img_8676

Colors
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Dark blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

img_3481

Hope you enjoyed! O’hana 😀

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Book day! I love books, but since I am a sci-fi and fantasy nut, it is hard to paint the books that I enjoy reading. While looking for something fun to do, I stumbled on this nail art by truebluemeandyou and decided to run with it!

IMG_0025

The version of the caterpillar I chose to use is based more closely on the art from the children’s book, specifically from some clipart I found here. There are four colors of green/teal on the caterpillar, and I went with the leaf (rather than the butterfly) on my thumb because this mani was taking too long! Tip: If you want to do something like this, you need to alternate nails because trying to put a dollop of wet polish on top of an already wet dollop just messes everything up! Translation: I had to re-do my pinky twice before I learned to slow down.

IMG_7275

He’s so cute! I actually can’t remember the last time I read this book, but the picture was enough for me to tell what it was, so I figured it would work for my “book” day in the 31 Day Challenge.

IMG_7284

Colors
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Light green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Bright green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Teal: Love & Beauty – Blue
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

IMG_0033

I think that does it! I had to stop myself from using even MORE shades of green, but I think that would have been completely overwhelming. So 4 shades and we’re good! Hope you enjoyed 😀

31dc2015-prompts-3

Penguined

Animal print day! I’ve already done a lot of zebra stuff, and I despair of leopard print, so I just went with animals. Namely, penguins!

IMG_6843

I initially wanted to do a different accessory for each penguin, but it is summer and so a scarf seemed out of place…and I didn’t really think a necklace would look good and I was official out of ideas. So bow and bow tie it is!

IMG_6833

After matting the penguins I went back and made their eyes glossy…matte eyes look creepy and dead and I don’t like it :-p

IMG_9879

Colors
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren

IMG_9871

Fuzzy! I always find animal-themes to be some of the hardest to do, because I’m just not good at eyes, Or animals. Except butterfly wings, but I’ve done those many times at this point and it feels like cheating! So I hope you enjoyed these penguins 🙂

31dc2015-prompts-3

Dragonfly Wings

It’s wing day! I’ve done butterfly wings at least three times…possibly more. So this time I decided to mix it up a bit and try dragonfly wings a-la-kbkopija. Really, there are three differences…sorta. The wings start at the free-edge not the cuticle (although that was just so its easier to photograph), the wings are green, and the bottom edge also has dots.

IMG_4769

I really like how these came out! I knew there was a reason I do wings so frequently :-p I started the whole thing with a three-color green/teal gradient, although you can’t see much of it in the final product. It still adds a bit of variety!

IMG_9182

Every time I do wings, I just want to do more. If there is one type of nail art I can do…bug wings! Odd specialty :-p

IMG_9175

Colors
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Dark teal: Salon Perfect – Escape to Neverland
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Holo glitter: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube

IMG_4738

Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Kitty Stripes

I would like to preface this by saying that I don’t like cats. I am a dog person. But the theme today was “cat” so I tried to avoid cats as much as possible…hence just the accent nail. Also, I wanted to use these awesome differently-sized golden stripes from the Born Pretty Store and this provided an excellent distraction!

IMG_3885

I love striping tape. It’s awesome. But sometimes I want to leave the tape on my nails, and most of the colors (other than my silver) bleed and lose their color within about 24 hours…so if I put on pink striping tape, by the next morning it is pinkish-silver, and usually it starts peeling up from my nails a day later.

IMG_3890

When I saw that the Born Pretty Store not only had tape designed to stay on your nails, but that it came in different sizes in one pack, I knew I had to try it out. This is the gold set, and on the package are at least 6 sizes of tape. Some of the stripes were so close in size that I couldn’t tell them apart…I made these nails by picking every third stripe to apply. I am pleased!

IMG_8955

Although these are stickers, they are very thin (unlike some of the quasi 3D stickers I have gotten in the past from the Born Pretty Store) and despite being thin and tiny, they reposition easily. The tiniest ones were prone to curling, but that was rather easy to deal with (I just had to keep them away from the wet nails on my other hand).

IMG_8934

Long story short: I kinda of love this tape. Gold, non-bleeding, and differently sized. This would not be great as removable striping tape, as the gold is edged with a small clear border (I assume to extend the sticky area) on the smaller stripes. But it looks great on the nail!

IMG_3921

You can pick up these stripes from the Born Pretty Store for $1.49 (plus additional 10% off with the code LY5X31). They also come in silver. And now, say bye to the darn cat!

Bunnie – Eeeek Happy Birthday!

The lovely Jemma at eeeeknailpolish has done any number of inspiring nail arts in the last few years. As today is her birthday, a few of us have decided to put together some nail art inspired by her nails! One of my favorites of hers in the recent past were her dotticure nails from the OMD2 challenge this July. Why did I love these so much? BUNNIES!

IMG_6448

Now, this is not a 100% faithful representation. First, I don’t have white flocking powder. As a result, I did the tail (and thus the dots) in a dark grey. I also matted all the nails. And my tail is textured polish, not flocking powder.

IMG_3367

Regardless, how cute are these? Her ideas are the best! So, happy birthday Jemma, and enjoy all the nails!

IMG_3358

Colors
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Dark grey: Mentality – Pozzolana
~ Light grey: Wet n’ Wild – Sidewalkers
~ Grey textured: Zoya – London

IMG_6452

Jem's Bday Graphic with names

😀

Craftynail

Nail polish? Yes, please!

a london year

[or more accurately: the london years]

Baroquen Nails

Original Nail Designs - 3d & Stamping Nail Art - Designer Press On Nails

Craftynail

Nail polish? Yes, please!

PSHIIIT

Un blog de nailista, adepte de nail art tendance, passionnée de photos, et de jolis bijoux. Les dernieres modes en matière de vernis à ongles sont scrutées et analysées, les teintes passées au crible, et en prime des tutos super faciles à réaliser vous sont proposés... Bref, la féminité s'invite jusqu'au bout des ongles sur le blog de Pshiiit !

Even Lemmings Paint Their Nails!

A growing obsession with nail polish!

Break rules, not nails

It's all about nail polish, colour and art.

Elektra Deluxe

Viennese nail polish chronicles

Cat's Claws

Sneak a peek behind the scenes of pretty nails. Toils of being stamped, pampered and painted with scrumptious colours. It's the hard-knock life.