09 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 9: Pine

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. I spent the day learning to take pictures in the lightbox and working with my new camera. I think my pictures are starting to improve a bit, and that pleases me immensely.

At first I wasn't sure what to do for today's challenge. For me, pine conjures up the image of wood grain, not exactly the most holiday-like image (although I think the idea of doing wood grain nails would be cool...maybe someday). Pine trees though are an obvious choice, and the easiest, if you're a last minute type of gal (like myself).

Coniferous Trees nail art

I was inspired by some photos I took looking out the window on a train trip from Toronto to Kingston. It was about a year ago and I was going to a conference. While we have some green spaces in Toronto, there's not a lot of landscape in the city. On that train trip I loved looking at the coniferous trees, blurred by both the moving train and the falling snow.

Coniferous Trees nail art

I wanted to try and depict the trees realistically, well, as realistically as possible when using nail polish as a paint medium. And I wanted to capture the look of falling snow, the way it obscures everything in sight.

Here's the colours I used:

Avon Vintage Blue (my new go-to sky blue!)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
Stripe Rite Black
Joe Fresh Evergreen
Essie Shine of the Times

Coniferous Trees nail art

First I painted my nails in Vintage Blue, a pale blue creme. Then using White On, I sponged it on each of the nails and painted a strip along the tip to look like ground. Using the Stripe Rite polish I drew in a very sketchy tree trunk and branches for each of the trees. I don't think it's visible, but I wanted to create a sort of skeleton or guide to help me when painting the trees. I did that next using Evergreen. I followed with some Shine of the Times, just to give the scene a bit of luminosity, the look of sunlight on white snow. I applied a very thin layer, not all over, just in select spots on the ground and the sky. I then sponged on a bit more White On, in the sky area but also over the trees to blur them a bit.

What do you think? Maybe not the greatest work of art, but it's pretty close to what I envisioned. And I like trying to work in different styles when it comes to nail art.

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