20 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Three, Yellow: Cone Flowers

Hi everyone! Thank goodness it's Friday, right!? Unless you're a grad student on summer break, then everyday is like Friday, so it's no big deal, Lol! I've actually been nail art-ing all day, which sounds like fun, except for the extreme heat - I swear it's like 5 degrees warmer in my place than outside!

About this design: I knew for today's challenge that I wanted to do cone flowers. There's just no ands, ifs, or buts about it! I love cone flowers because they look like wilted daisies, and I don't think I could ever get tired drawing or painting them.

Cone Flowers Nail Art

To get this look: I started with a base of white, then when that was dry, used a few neon colours and did a watercolour mani. This served as my background. Then using a yellow polish I sketched out the flowers, then painted in the petals. I built up the flowers until they were opaque, and added a lighter yellow for highlights. I painted in the centre head-thing of the flower using a mixture of brown and yellow. Finally I added some shadows at the base of the head where it meets the petals. Everything was topped off with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.


Cone Flowers Nail Art

Polished used:
Sally Hansen White On: base
China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts: used in watercolour background
China Glaze Isle See You Later: used in watercolour background
China Glaze That's Shore Bright: used in watercolour background
China Glaze Neon & On & On: used in watercolour background
Sally Hansen Lightening: Yellow, used as base colour for flowers
Nubar Resort Yellow: Light yellow, highlights for flowers
OPI You Don't Know Jacques: Brown, mixed with yellow for flowers
L'Oreal New Money: Lime green, used for flower stems

Cone Flowers Nail Art

Cone Flowers Nail Art

I was trying to practice the kind of freehand painting that you saw with my poppies from day one of the challenge. Only this time I wanted to make it even looser and a bit more abstract. I think they turned out well, although I wish the flowers stood out more - for that I'd need a darker background.

Make sure you check out Lindsey's nails for day three over at Wondrously Polished!

What do you think of this?
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