03 February 2014

Nail-Art-A-Go-Go, Day 2: Distressed Jewel Toned Nails

Hi everyone! Missy of Gnarly Gnails has created a nail art challenge for February called Nail-Art-A-Go-Go. I really love it because there is a lot of art and art historical themes. Unfortunately I can't do every challenge - there's one a day for the month of February - so I'm going to be somewhat of a casual participant and jump in every so often. My goal is to do two or three of the challenges each week.

Distressed jewel tone nails


About this design: Today's challenge is jewel tones, and my original plan was to do flowers. But I was really enjoying my background and that turned into my design. I ended up using Chalkboard Nails distressed technique for this design. I've done distressed nails my own way, like in my Ethereal Dreamcatcher nails, but this time I used the brushes from the polish bottles to drag the polish and get that textured look.

Distressed jewel tone nails

Distressed jewel tone nails

To get this look: I started with a black base, and used the following polishes, dragging them with the brush from the polish bottle, making sure that I had wiped it mostly clean.

Enchanted Polish Kids
Enchanted Polish Ice Castle
Glitter Gal Wild Violets Brilliant
China Glaze Red-y & Willing
China Glaze Tongue & Chic

Distressed jewel tone nails

Distressed jewel tone nails

Overall: I really like this look, and it's something I want to try again. I don't feel like this is a winner straight out of the box. I think I'd like to give this idea another shot and try to perfect it. But it is quite stunning and dramatic, I love the effects of the polishes layered and over a black base.



What do you think of this? Have you tried distressed nails?

And make sure to check out some of the other participants!
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5 comments:

  1. This looks great! I need to try the distresses nails now :)

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  2. Gorgeous! I'll have to give it a try soon!

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  3. This looks great! I understand exactly what you mean - this is an awesome challenge but I can only do 2-3 posts each week for it.

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  4. This is so pretty! You would never know you had a black as a base. All of the colors compliment each other so well! I've tried the distress nails but I haven't experimented with a lot of colors.

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  5. this looks gorgeous with those jeweled metallics - it is its own artwork!

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