02 April 2013

Black and White Abstract With Studs

Hi everyone! Well it's 3am here, and definitely past the time when I should be in bed sleeping, especially since I have to get up early in the morning for work. You might be wondering then, "well why are you sitting there typing away at your computer ninny!" Or you might not care (a better option). But the answer is definitely blog related. I just completed my first striping tape mani, ever. It might also be my last. It was definitely *interesting*. You'll see the results tomorrow though (spoiler alert: don't expect anything complicated).

Black and white abstract nail art

Black and white abstract nail art

Now that I have you on the edge of your seat, lol, a bit about this design - I did this for a contest on Instagram hosted by Jessie (@nailsofjessiek) who also blogs at Nails of Jessie K. The theme was black and white. Following my paisley/gradient nails I wanted to explore some other possibilities with black and white. I used only Cult Nails Tempest (white) and Fetish (black) for this mani.

Black and white abstract nail art

For the background I started with two coats of Tempest. Then I built up a layered surface using a watercolour technique (where you thin the polish with nail polish remover or thinner), and a bit of splattering. When I had a surface that I thought was interesting, I did some freehand gestural doodles using both black and white. Then finished with some studs, and Ta Da!

Black and white abstract nail art

I don't think this will be my most popular mani, but I rather like the results and want to explore this look further. For me it reminds me of the qualities I'm drawn to in abstract painting. When I see a painting that piques my interest, it's usually the textures and layers that captivate me. I really enjoyed having this design on my nails, because every so often I'd just stop and look at it and stare at a particular area.

Black and white abstract nail art

But I'm curious, what do you think of this? Do you ever do abstract nails? And if so, are you a hard-edge abstractionist (clean lines, like a Mondrian)? Or a messy, drips and splatters, kind of abstractionist?

7 comments:

  1. I have to admit that I 've never seen something like this, it's definitely interesting :)

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    1. I like your comment! It's nice to do something different every now and then! :D

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  2. I love these!
    I should try abstract art because I suck at 'real' designs.
    I ordered some brushes from @stylishnailart. She was out of stock on the 3-4 one that you have so I got 2 other ones. I'm waiting till I get them to try more designs, I can't wait!!

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    1. Thanks Chantal!! <3 I'm so glad you were able to connect with her and get some brushes. They really do make a difference. I'm definitely a fan of abstract designs, you can focus more on colour, texture and interesting visual elements without worrying about representing something correctly or having to do something realistically. At least that's how I feel.

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  3. I have to admit I'm not into abstract designs - and I must admit, I've never seen anything like your nails : ))))))))))) big smile
    but I do like the combo and the colors.

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  4. I loooove these! And I love abstract nails in every way they are possible ♥.

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  5. Very cool! I love mixed design manicures like this! & black and white always stands out in a good way in my opinion. ;)

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