Friday, August 26, 2011

Splash Splatter

This Sunday, the church where I serve is having their annual "Splash Back into Christ" where the church worships in the city park,, then enjoys a fingerfood brunch and water games!  Everyone wears their "Splash Back" t-shirts.  I just got mine and when I saw it, I KNEW I had to make nail art to match!  This was my first attempt at splatter and I LOVE IT!!

Here's the shirt that inspired my design:

And here are the nails!!!!!
This was such a fun one to do!  Sorry they're not cleaned up very well in the photos.  I took these while the nails were still a little wet (that's some thick splatters!) because I wanted a good photo in case I smudged, gashed, or mangled them!  

Here's how I did it....
First, I applied three coats of Pure Ice Splash

Then I set up my supplies: old tablecloth to cover work area, foil for dabbing, polishes, clothespin with cottonball dipped in remover, masking tape to cover fingertips, tip of a broken ink pen (small straws work, too)

I put masking tape around my fingertips to aid in ease of cleanup and keep extra splatters off my skin. 

To make the splatters, I dripped the CG Boundless Color Blue You onto the foil, then dipped the small end of a broken ink pen into the polish so it would form a film over the hole.  I brought it up to my mouth and blew a short puff of air through it aimed at my nails.  I did practice this a bit on some scrap paper to kind of get the hang of it before I did it to my nails.  After I put Blue Me on all the nails, I wiped the pen tip off with the cottonball dipped in remover and did the same splatter technique with CG Boundless Color White Night.  Then I added a bit more blue and a bit more white.  Then I sat down to catch an old episode of Covert Affairs while I waited for it to dry a bit....which takes a while with all that thick polish!  When things were sort of dry, I took off the tape.  

Here's  look at the mess I made....

And here's a few shots of my nails with the shirt that inspired it all.....

Bare Nails!

It's not very often that I have bare nails!  Between the "Crayons" and my next one "Splash Splatter," I took these photos of my long and bare nails......mostly just to prove that yes, these are really my real nails.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crayons - Back to School Nails

Tomorrow is the big little one goes to Kindergarten!!

In honor of the momentous occasion, here are CRAYONS!

I started with a coat of Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat.  For each crayon, I painted a straight line across the tip then colored in to the tip.  Then, using a dotting tool (or toothpick), I painted the tip of the crayon.  Then I mixed a blob of the crayon color with Boundless Color White Night and used a small brush to paint the "wrapper" part of the crayon.  Then I used a dotting tool to add the black circle label.  I finished up by outlining with a needle-tipped Sharpie marker.  I topped them all off with more Sally Hansen Double Duty.

The colors I used are:
Left Pinkie - Pure Ice Splash
Left Ring - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Emerald City
Left Middle - Pure Ice Hot Tamale
Left Index - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away
Left Thumb - New York Color Fifth Avenue
Right Thumb - Pure Ice Celestial
Right Index - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy
Right Middle - Pure Ice No Means No
Right Ring - Excuse Me
Right Pinkie - Crimson

To everyone going back to school - good luck!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Summery Tips

Here's a REALLY simple design I'm sporting right now.  I love it and I'm anxious to try other color combinations.  I've had several compliments on these since they are simple and showcase just how LONG my nails are right now!  Yes, they ARE my real nails.  They're getting to that annoyingly long phase so they may get a trim really enjoy this long nail art!

(SORRY for the poor photo quality!  I used my cell phone again. 
 I promise I'll have better photos for the next design!!)

I started this design by painting two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy on the white tips of my nails.  Then I added two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear The Real Teal over the top.  Took a long time for these to be completely dry and set, but so worth it.  Simple, but I like 'em!  Hope you do too!

Purple Starry Night - I'm Baaaaaack!!

Wow!  My last nail art post was June 14th!  I really didn't mean to take a break quite that long!  We packed up the apartment, then I moved to a new city with my daughter and without my husband, who had to stay in our old place to study for the Bar Exam, then I spent a month without him, and we're finally getting all settled in.  In short, I have not had ANY time to do nail art lately!  But....I'm baaaaack!!!

Here's the first design....not particularly unspectacular, and terrible photo quality, since I took the pic with my cell phone - the camera was missing for a bit...temporarily lost in a box somewhere in the move.  SORRY!!

I used two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Deep Purple, then immediately after I added the second coat, I used a dotting tool to press on the big and small stars so they would stick into the semi-wet polish.  Then I topped it all of with two coats of top coat to smooth out the edges of the stars so they wouldn't catch on things.

Keep an eye out.....another design (with more poor photos, sorry)  are coming right up!!