Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31DC2014: Day 30 - Inspired by a Tutorial

Yesterday was nearly 80 degrees here in Chicago. Today? 55 degrees. Fall is officially here in Chi-town. I am still mourning the almost-summer we had. Which is probably why the tutorial I chose for Day 30 of the 31 Day Challenge caught my eye; cute summer-y little strawberries!

I chose this tutorial on Lulu's blog. I loved it because it's so cute and colorful and summer-y and today was dreary and cloudy.

The design is fairly simple to do: I painted my nails with three thin coats of Zoya Kitridge. I then painted on the strawberry leaves with China Glaze Def Defying. I created the seeds with Sinful Colors Unicorn and a dotting tool.

Monday, September 29, 2014

31DC2014: Day 29 - Inspired by the Supernatural

I am super late posting today. We had a board meeting at work today and I didn't want to go to work with my hands looking like the pics below. Today's prompt is Inspired by the Supernatural. I didn't have a whole lot of time to come up with something so I decided to go classic with zombie nails.

For my kitschy zombie nails I started with two coats of Zoya Farah. To create the bruised skin effect I sponged on the following colors:

Zoya Geneviev
Dance Legend #402
American Apparel California Trooper
China Glaze Adventure Red-y

I created the zig zag stitches with black polish and my small detailing brush.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

31DC2014: Day 28 - Inspired by A Flag

Let me start off today's post by saying that after the Water Marble, Day 28, Inspired by A Flag is my most dreaded prompt. It's just not that interesting or inspiring for me. So for today I decided to keep things simple and not torture myself and do a simple checkered flag art design. 

I had never actually done a checkered pattern until today. I kind of winged it an just sat down with my black polish and striping brush. I am not the best at straight lines, but I am really happy with how the check pattern turned out. I decided to not do a full checkered hand look because I felt like it would have just been too much so I did two plain white accent nails with round gold studs from Born Pretty Store

Colors used: 
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Saturday, September 27, 2014

31DC2014: Day 27 - Inspired by Art

Day 27  already?! It's still astonishing to me how fast this month is going by. Last year's challenge felt infinitely longer. Today's prompt is inspired by art. I had a handful of ideas for this one but wound up tossing them all and starting from scratch. While searching for new ideas I Googled Japanese Art and came across a few pieces that really caught my eye. This design is an amalgamation of pieces that I liked.

I started with two coats of Color Club Silver Lake. I then used MoYou Suki Plate 05 and Zoya Genviev for the Japanese lettering. I wanted the letters to look a bit faded so I used a semi sheer color for them.

I freehanded the flowers and branches using Sinful Colors Black on Black and China Glaze Adventure Red-y. I added a bit of detailing to the branches with white polish. To re-create the paper or parchment feel the original pieces had I matted the look with Butter London Matte Top Coat

Friday, September 26, 2014

31DC2014: Day 26 - Inspired by Pattern

Whoa! I just realized how close to the end we are of the 31 Day Challenge. Dare I say it has flown by? Yes...and no. That's always the way it goes though. The prompt for Day 26 is Inspired by Pattern. I wanted another crack at floral nails. My inspiration was this pic I found. I haven't done this colors combo before and I loved the vintage look of the pattern.

My design is a bit simpler than the original. For my base color I used two coats of Zoya Emilia.

For the flowers and leaves (applied with my small detailing brush):
China Glaze Peachy Keen
China Glaze Desert Sun
China Glaze Elephant Walk
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
Zoya Dree

I matted the design to add the vintage feel with Butter London Matte Top Coat.