25 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 19: Ugly Sweater

To those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! And those of you who don't, I hope you are enjoying the time off to relax and/or be with family. I'm here at the very last minute trying to sneak in another post for the Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, and as usual, I'm late! ;)

Ugly sweater nails

But first I wanted to welcome and thank my new followers. And thanks especially to those of you who shared my blog with others (Pam of Girly Bits, Nailderella, and The Little Canvas, I'm looking at you!). Since I posted my stained glass Nativity nails two days ago, I've received an overwhelming amount of support and recognition, mostly on Instagram but also other sites and platforms as well. I won a challenge on Instagram hosted by WAH Nails, based in London, UK, which ended up generating a lot of traffic to my Instagram and also this blog. I'm really happy and excited by all of this. First and foremost though, I blog for myself because I enjoy it. But it's also nice when people notice what you are doing.

Ugly sweater nails

But onto my nail design! The theme I chose to do was "ugly sweater" and my inspiration for this design is the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges AKA "The Dude" in the Big Lebowski. I love this movie! Did you know that there's been quite a bit of scholarly research done on this movie? Maybe I'm getting my PhD in the wrong area, haha!

If you need a refresher, here's "The Dude" and his sweater. Not the best view, but it will do.

"The Dude", The Big Lebowski (source)

The entire design was done freehand, using teeny tiny brushes and a lot of patience. I started with two coats of Essie Sand Tropez. Then I painted the bars along the top and bottom with Sally Hansen Grey Area. I finished with Stripe Rite in Black for the dots and the intricate design in the middle.

Ugly sweater nails

It's not perfect and I can see the mistakes, but I've come a long way. My first time using nail art brushes was a few weeks ago when I did my ornament nails for this advent challenge. I remind myself of this when I get down on myself because things aren't perfect. Ah, the joys of being a perfectionist!

Thanks for reading!

9 comments:

  1. love all of it; the challenge idea, your choice of sweater (and a movie) and the nails!

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    1. Thank you Shine Eye! I had fun with this one, mainly watching clips of the movie while working on this design. :)

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  2. love it Meghan, love the colors and the art work.

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    1. Thank you Mette, and thanks for checking out my blog! :D

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  3. Wow! Yep, you are truly very very talented. Thank you SO much for sharing with us. I am so glad that you have received more recognition, as it is very well deserved. I predict, if you keep this up you will be a very popular blog in no time.
    Do you do other forms of art as well? I would love to see some of it.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked my ugly sweater nails! I probably won't be able to do nail art as often as I have been lately, but I definitely want to keep at it, and I have a lot of ideas.

      By other forms of art, if you mean not nail art, then yes, my background is in the fine arts - painting and drawing mainly. I still draw and do printmaking occasionally but I don't always have the time. Do you think it would be bad to post some stuff here? Thanks again for your interest in my blog!

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  4. These are AWESOME!! Great choice of movie and sweater :)

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting my blog, I've really been enjoying your work! :)

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