31DC – Day 6: Violet & Day 7: Black and White

I hit some of my highest notes early on in the 31-day challenge. I wanted to try mixing some techniques, and nothing creates a more striking effect than a simple bold lined pattern.

Day 6: Violet

The base for this design was a “smoosh” of four nail polishes, made by dabbing blobs of polish onto the nail and then “smooshing” then together with a sandwich bag. Classy folks would probably use a nail stamper for this. In my quest to improve my freehand skills, I’ve forsworn stamping, and had to improvise with my supplies.

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Part of the challenge of looks like this is to apply the right amount of pressure with the brush to make the strokes look easy. I also didn’t want them uniform. As this is a straight-up recreation of a look by Manicurity, I think it turned out pretty well. In the macro, you can see more of the shimmer from Zoya’s Mimi.

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Day 7: Black and White

I went a little bolder on the black and white day. The lines were also freehanded with acrylic paint, but this time I wanted a more controlled look. I layered in a few grey shades for a bit of variation.

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More of the shimmer of Zoya’s Aspen is apparent in the macro.

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In both cases, adding a border around the nail made the designs pop. This was a fun way to work on painting lines – they’re simple in theory, but I think the quality of one’s lines is mark of a practiced artist.

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