24 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Thirteen, Animal Print: Girly Leopard Spots

Hi everyone! Cruising right along in this 31 Day Challenge, I can't help but think about the way the challenge is organized in the first place. The first couple of prompts (i.e. "red", "blue", etc.) seem to test what people would come up with if they weren't given something specific to do. While the remainder of the prompts (such as galaxy nails, tribal nails, and so forth) almost appear to be a list of what a nail artist should be able to do. It's interesting when you think of it that way, like the challenge is almost a form of self-study.

Girly leopard print nail art (direct light)

For me it forces me to do things I normally wouldn't do, like, for instance, animal print. I don't have anything against animal print, it's just not something I gravitate towards. But it's something I should be able to do - maybe I might end up doing nail art on other people, or a design might call for it. So what you are looking at here is my first animal print design. :)

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

I could have done something really interesting, for example, a reptile or insect print. But I decided to do something more simple. There are plenty of tutorials for leopard print on the net, and I thought it would be fun.

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

To make it more complex, I decided to do taped off gradient nails. My original plan was to only have the leopard print in the sections that had been exposed by the tape and had been covered in a gradient. But the gradients weren't working out as planned, the polishes I chose didn't have the best coverage, so I scrapped that plan and just covered the entire nail with the spots.

Girly leopard print nail art (direct light)

So I had an idea, the idea didn't work, I improvised, and in the end I got something I was rather happy with. I think it's the colours I used, but I like my first leopard print mani!

The base is OPI My Vampire is Buff, while the gradient was done with Essie Sand Tropez and Full Steam Ahead. In some places the gradient covers the entire nail, other nails, only a part. The spots were done with Nicole By OPI I'll Be At the Pool (a shimmery blue) and OPI Alcatraz...Rocks.

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

So there you have it, animal print! What do you think of this design? Do you like to do animal print nail art?

And don't forget to check out Lindsey's animal print over at Wondrously Polished. She won't have it up until Saturday or Sunday, but I'm looking forward to what she'll come up with.

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6 comments:

  1. I think animal print is great and yours is adorable!!! Love the colour scheme and how alcatraz...rocks looks here too!! :)

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  2. This looks great! I never thought of the challenge that way, interesting point!

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  3. I really love these colors together - pulls the entire look together for me :)

    P.S. I promise I'm posting mine soon! ;)

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  4. Gorgeous, and I love the subtle sponged background.

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