17 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Two, Orange: Ornate Baroque

Hi everyone! Orange is not a colour I normally wear - at least not willingly. So when brainstorming ideas my mind was like a cavernous black hole, an empty abyss with one lone tumbleweed being carried by a soft wind. You get the point, don't you?

About this design: Since orange only brought to mind oranges and carrots, neither of which I wanted to paint, I decided instead to go for some Baroque design. One of the characteristics of Baroque design is foliage motifs and patterns, often very curvilinear and always decorative. I love this aspect of Baroque design, especially for nail art, and it's something that I want to practice more. The gold adds a decorative element, and the blue provides contrast and ornateness.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

To get this look: I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Fiery Island from their Salon Manicure line. Then I added one coat of Rainbow Honey Fire Spring for some shimmer. I sealed that with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Then I did the details in Essie Aruba Blue and very thin lines of Orly Luxe. Everything was sealed with another coat of Clearly On Top.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

Tip for doing detailed lines: When doing lines like this don't try to get it right with the first stroke. For the blue lines, I went over them three times on each nail. I started by doing a very light line, just to sketch out how I wanted my lines to look. Then working with very thinned down polish, I went over the lines again trying to get them to an almost finished state. After that, I went over them a third time with slightly thicker polish for the final look. In a few places I touched up the lines with a tad bit of orange to cover up mistakes.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

This is the second time I've done some Baroque-style detailing, and I'm feeling a bit more comfortable with this type of freehand painting. However, I do want to practice more, so don't be surprised if you see this type of design again soon!

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

I do find the design on my index and middle finger to be rather awkward, I don't know why. If I didn't have to do pesky things like sleep or eat, I probably would have redone these two nails. Otherwise I feel very happy with this design.

What do you think of this? How would you have approached Day Two of the 31 Day Challenge?


  1. I love these! I almost did a damask print with blue and orange - great minds think alike ;) Great work my dear, as always!

  2. Amazing free hand work! Purely stunning!
    I envy every nail blogger who can do free hand... I just suck at it ;(
    Anyway I love this design and btw lovely ring you have ;)

  3. Orange is pretty much my favorite, I love these! Amazing design and execution :-)

  4. This is great! Thanks for the tip about working with detailed lines. I always seem to go too heavy and then it just gets worse and worse, I will have to try the technique you mention.

  5. It turned out beautifully. I'm so impressed with your freehand lines.

  6. Wow, this is gorgeous!! Well done.


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