11 April 2014

Nail Talk: Where Do You Go for Inspiring Nail Art / Nail Art Inspiration?

Hi everyone! I enjoyed the last Nail Talk post, and it was really fun to discuss the issue of multichromes with you, so I thought why not do it again?! I think most people visiting this blog at least have an interest in nail art. And even if you don't do nail art yourself, you may have blogs or places you like to go to look at inspiring nail art. I divided this question into two parts for two reasons - first, I know not everyone reading this does nail art themselves, and second, sometimes we are inspired by things other than nail art.

If you have suggestions for future Nail Talk posts, please leave a comment or email me: willpaintnailsforfood@gmail.com.




The question: Where do you go to see inspiring nail art? And if you do nail art, where do you go for nail art inspiration?


My response: I was thinking about this the other day when I was writing my Queen post for The Digit-al Dozen. I find it very hard to be continually inspired when it comes to nail art. Sometimes when I'm doing a lot of challenges, after awhile, I have a hard time coming up with good ideas.

It's also very hard to come up with original ideas. I like to look at other things (besides nail art) when I'm thinking of ideas I'd like to carry out. Art is a favourite of mine, and when I walk through a museum I find myself thinking, "that would look good on my nails" lol! But like many other nail artists and bloggers I tend to get a lot of ideas from image searches on the internet.

As for inspiring nail art, I tend to be really inspired by very intricate nail art, which is not something that's seen very often. I like Pisut Masanong's work whom I learned about on Facebook. I'd love to find more people that do work like this. On Instagram I love Super Fly Nails and Astro Wifey. And I often am inspired by my friend Lindsey at Wondrously Polished. There's a lot more obviously, but in my pre-coffee state, this is what immediately comes to mind.

So tell me - what/who are you inspired by?

All comments are greatly appreciated, but comments with blog links will be deleted - this is always the case but I wanted to post a reminder.

15 comments:

  1. To see inspiring nail art: Robin Moses' YouTube channel, the Nailasaurus, Lucy's Stash, & Will Paint Nails for Food.
    For nail art inspiration: I find inspiration in different places. Art is a big one, Georgia O'Keefe is a favorite. Sometimes I'm inspired by something I've seen in a book's illustration or in National Geographic's photographs. I also feel inspired by colors. I love going to Design Seeds and looking at color palettes. Images start popping up as I look at all the different color combinations. Another source of ideas come from fabric. I don't try to be as detailed as a fabric designer, but sometimes just looking at their designs gets the ideas flowing. Designers such as Tula Pink, Amy Butler, & the people behind the Vera Bradley purses. Pinterest has been great way to corral inspiration.

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    1. I recently discovered Design Seed and I love it. Also I just started collecting ideas through Pinterest. I don't have an account for my blog but I have one for Renaissance Cosmetics, and I just use a secret board because I don't think it would be of interest to fans there. But I can see the board getting slowly out of hand, so I might need to set up a blog Pinterest.

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  2. Great theme. I seldom do nail art (I'm more of a stamping kind of gal), but I enjoy looking at it. Lucy's Stash is the first thing that comes to mi mind when I think of nail art and she often does tutorials, which is great. I also love your style of nail art. I could never recreate it, but I enjoy seeing it. Demelza's World also posts some inspiring nail art. Maria of Maria's Nail Art used to do exquisite miniatures on artificial nails and I miss those. I have discovered Nailuminium through your Beginner Blogger's Bootcamp and I like her nail art very much. I sometimes just browse nail art on deviantArt, especially if I'm looking for inspiration. One can find some awesome pieces there.

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    1. Lucie always does great tutorials, I don't know how she does it all. I also never thought to check deviantArt for nail art, but I'm headed there now. :)

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  3. For inspiration, I usually get it from seeing other people's post on their nail art to get inspired. I also sometimes come up for an idea out of the blue too.

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  4. Excellent topic!!! I am one of those not doing nailart or if any it is very very basic like a gradient (if this counts at all). I am even a clutz at stamping. However, I like to do Skittelettes so I am sure you guess my biggest inspiration: Marta from ChitChat Nails. But then you inspire me as well and mynailpolish online and Pshiiit and Paillete Frondeuse among many others. But I am also depending on inspiration even if I don't do nailart: layering options, mattifying, etc. Outside the blogging galaxy it is art from Rothko or Gustav Klimt. Or mosaics, interior decor - I am afraid I could go on forever ;-)

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  5. I often do google image searches or pinterest for inspiration. And countless other bloggers too of course!

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  6. Recently I've been getting a lot of nail art inspiration from looking at photos of fashion designers' runway shows, and from African and South American textile designs.

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  7. My inspiration usually comes from one of the 36 nail bloggers that I follow :) I also spend way too much time on Pinterest.

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  8. Lately, I've been really inspired by isomuuu on instagram, since many of her designs are done on shorter nails and I always feel a little lost when trying to come up with designs that will fit on my little nails.

    Usually, though, I look at antique textile sites for inspiration! I like finding ways to replicate cool textures on my nails.

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  9. I tend to screen print images I find that are inspiring, found from instagram, pinterest, other blogs and tumblr. That way they're all in the same spot :) these can be manicures, tutorials, patterns, fabric, outfits, etc. I use design seeds and adobe kuler when choosing colour schemes.

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  10. For inspiring nail art I subscribe to many great blogs such as yours! Chalkboard nails, Lucy's stash, Coewless, Straluanna, and Annati. There is some great talent out there!!

    I find inspiration all around me and like you am very much inspired by art. I think the times when I have come up with my best ideas have been in nail art challenge groups. Not wanting to do the same as everyone else has made me push myself to think outside the box and come up with something different. I really like packaging as inspiration, so often I'm at the shops with my phone out taking pictures!

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  11. i am a nail art noob, but i love to look at other people's work. i go on pinterest occasionally and i avidly follow a few nail bloggers. i also follow some people on tumblr (i think ladycrappo.tumblr.com is my current favorite - she does incredibly detailed nail art, and has super nice as well when i've pestered her for polish IDs).

    i often see pattern-y stuff (like printed fabric, wrapping paper, cute office supplies, etc.) that i think would look cute on nails, but i'm sooo impatient with nail art and i always wind up messing it up. ): i really need to just do some breathing exercises or something when i decide to paint my nails, lol. i mostly stick to gradients or imprecise things like watercolor manicures that don't require a lot of finesse.

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  12. I like art! Sometimes if I'm in Ross, Marshall's , or any place for that matter that has art for the home I think it would look great on the nail. I have yet to recreate any of the art I've seen because if I don't take a picture of it I can't remember all the details. Great post!

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