Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stamps!

Yay, I finally recieved my "Special Polish" in the mail! Oh what fun! This here is plate m64 with Silver Konad special polish.

A Little Abstract

My Sister feeling like abstract. :)
My Sis's Abstract
My Ma's Abstract
My Sis's Abstract with less glitter...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

the Cosmos

Shooting for the stars in this design. At a Model Rocket competition, my Sister asked for an idea to paint Ma's nails. I had looked for some sort of rockets in mind, & found one that looked like the stars, commets, & rockets flying around.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vines

A lot of what my Sister & I are doing is searching around for cool nail designs & turning them around to suit our own style.
This one my Sis liked had a glitter pink for a base & she changed it up to have a crackle base.  I really like how my Sis made the dots black where in the original photo from another site was a very light pink, almost unnoticeable.
My Sister's pink vine.
 My Ma's red vine.

I tried to copy my Sis & Ma's nails but I didn't have any green crackle.
My vine was made using Konad stamp plate m22.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Winter Forest

Over the holiday break, I had the pleasure of painting my Ma's nails. Loved the idea she picked out. The image we copied from was stamped, of course we didn't have stamps at the time, so I practiced on paper & was able to make it onto her nails. I still loved the end results.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fench Tip w/ Polka Dots & Flower,

My Ma's nails painted by my sister. I'm going to have to copy this when I get my stamp kit working...

Purple and Green Water Marble Nails

At first, I was trying to make my new nail stamp kit work. I didn't get any of the special thick gooey polish that it recomends, & I even tried to make my own thick polish by adding Xanthan Gum, but that still didn't work to my liking... I'm going to put that off until I get to a town that sells it.

So, I decided I would once again try Water Marble Nail Art. My attempts in the past have all failed. I would have trouble getting the polish to spread out & float on the the water, then once I had my rings, the polish would dry before I could drag my toothpick through the polish/water to create designs. I did a little research on how to get it to work & one major theme throughout was that the water temperature needed to be around room temperature... some even said the water needed to be warm - 72°F... I put 2 & 2 together and decided everything needs to be around 72°F, the water, nail polish, even the air around me... being one who likes a cold house, I set up an electric space heater near my work area, microwaved a half bottle of water for 30 seconds & set it in my my bag of polishes I was going to use, just for a little bit. I have an old glass, but sturdy candle holder which I don't use since I have my sensey wax light. I even set it before the space heater to make sure it wouldn't cool down my water too fast.

With my nice little setup, clear tape, nails painted with a base coat, polishes opened, I set to work & was so tickled with myself because of the results! None of my nails are exactly the same because I was playing around with the paint to see what it would do in the water & how I could get a really cool design. I was also playing around with the order of colors I used.

I'm not going to get into detail about the process on how to do the nails, for that, search for a video on youTube.

And the nail party continues...

Over the last several months painting our nails to follow along with the major holidays was quite fun. Now with the New Year ahead, anything goes.
My sister started off with a simple yet colorful french tip.