03 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Seven, Black and White: Obsessive Abstraction

Hi everyone! Happy International Nail Art Day! I meant to post these earlier, but this design may have *ahem* taken a bit longer than expected. But what better way to celebrate the first INAD than with some extremely detailed nail art!



About this design: I wish I could take credit for this design but unfortunately I can't. The inspiration came from this image I found on Tumblr. I really don't know much about the designer, I guess filling out the "About" page on your blog is too old fashioned; however, you can find more designs by this person on a website called Society6.



When I saw this design, I knew instantly I wanted to try to recreate it for the 31 Day Challenge. And despite the fact that it took forever and a day to complete, sometimes when you have your heart set on something you just have to run with it.



To get this look: I used my go-to black and white for this design: Orly Liquid Vinyl and Sally Hansen White On. The brush is a detailed liner brush - the hairs are longer than a normal detail brush. While I normally go over a line lightly and then go over it a second time, this time I only did the lines once except for some parts where I had to do them twice. I finished with a thick coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top then Essie Matte About You.

You don't need to see a giant thumb, do you?

The thing I love about the original design is that, while it is precise and detailed, it is not mechanical. It looks like a drawing - lines are not straight and there are variations that give it character. In my nail art design, even though you can see the brushstrokes and mistakes, I don't mind them so much here. Of course if I inspect it very closely, I can see all the imperfections, but if I move back and take it all in, the effect of the design is just amazing. I love the detail and the almost obsessive compulsiveness of the design.



I've rambled on quite a bit about this design, but obviously I'm very proud of it! What do you think of this? Let me know in the comments below. :)
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27 comments:

  1. it is possible to be TOO good you know :) xx

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    1. Haha!! No NEVER!! ;) ... Thanks Debbie! <3

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  2. You're a nail-art genius! You're so brave to have even attempted this!!

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    1. Thanks so much Caitlin, and bravery is a good way to describe it! :P

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  3. This is such a cool design, it must have taken forever!

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! :) Technically it didn't take forever, but it felt that way!! ;)

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  4. Oh hey, you finished it, haha!! It looks great!!!

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    1. Lol, yes, despite my better judgment I finished it! :P And thanks so much! <3

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  5. So glad you finished them - they look amaziiing!

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    1. Thanks so much Kirstie! <3 I'm glad I finished them too, it was worth it! :)

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  6. wow!!! love all the detailing(:

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  7. You can ramble about this mani as much as you like, it's defo something to be proud of! Your level of detailing is amazing :)

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    1. Thanks so much The Bookish Manicurist! I am definitely proud of this one. I wish I had the time to do this kind of thing more often.

      And thanks as well Q!! You both are too sweet! <3

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  8. =O Both of you are so nailing this challenge! Love this! Omgosh!! Those crazy details and patterns! I love themm!! ♥

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    1. Awww, thanks so much girl! Yes, Lindsey is an awesome nail artist to pair up with, I'm so glad we're doing this together. :)

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  9. Love it! I'm always impressed when I see so small details

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    1. Thank you Lani! The small details are a challenge, but I love this kind of work too!

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  10. Loved this on Instagram and love it here!

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    1. Thanks so much Fingers for the sweet comments! :)

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  12. That is RIDICULOUSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    1. LOL!! I hope ridiculous in a good way! ;) And thanks so much.

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  13. I bow down to your patience.

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