15 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day Two: Delftware Nail Art

Hi everyone! For day two of Countries and Cultures week I decided to turn to something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. Delftware is a type of pottery that came from the Delft region in the Netherlands, you would probably recognize the white background with the blue painted decoration. I love Delftware and I especially love the fact that you can find both historical and contemporary Delftware in a range of styles - whether it’s traditional motifs (windmills, farmers, etc.), floral arrangements, or more contemporary designs.

Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art
About this design:

For this design, I started by pinning some images of Delftware that I was able to find. I don’t have a blog Pinterest account, but I do have a relatively new nail art inspiration board on the Renaissance Cosmetics Pinterest account. The inspiration for this design came from a vintage Delftware vase that was listed on Etsy but originally from the Delftse Pauw factory. I liked the floral pattern and I also was drawn to the fact that it didn’t have too much tiny detail - in other words, it looked like something I could somewhat recreate.

Vintage Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art

To get this look:
  • Base: Cult Nails Tempest. This is my go-to white for nail art, and it takes about 2 coats for full-coverage. 
  • Design: OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay. This blue is from the San Francisco collection. It’s a good primary blue but it’s not the most opaque blue. That worked out well here because I was working with thin washes. 
  • Tools: I used my Edinburgh 3/4 brush from Stylish Nail Art on Etsy. I used the detail end (the 3 side) for this design. 

Vintage Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art

In painting the design I worked from light to dark, so I started by lightly blocking out the design, then did a thin wash. I then went through again and darkened up some areas. I did that about 2 or 3 more times. The last pass through was for the darkest lines. Like I always do, I used nail polish thinner to make a thin wash with nail polish.

Vintage Delftware nail art
Vintage Delftware nail art

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this design. Some of the flowers and leaves are hard to make out, but I like the looseness. This isn’t really the type of look where you want to define every single detail. One thing I might have done differently was add a matte top coat. A glossy top coat goes well with the design - after all the earthenware has a more glossy/shiny finish. But some of the details got lost with the glare from the lighting. I didn’t really notice it until after I took all the photos. Hopefully you still can see and appreciate the look.

What do you think of this? Are you a fan of Delftware?

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23 comments:

  1. How pretty! I like the blue and white combination.

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  2. I love Delftware! I think this manicure is a beautiful representation of the pattern.

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    1. Yay, Delftware lovers unite! And thanks so much!

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  3. This is sooo pretty!! The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this manicure was México: the pattern and colors also look like Talavera Pottery from Puebla. So I guess it counts for two countries/cultures! ; )

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    1. Oohhh, I'm going to have to look up Talavera Pottery, I love Mexican culture and design. :) Thank you! It's so interesting how you will sometimes see similar things happening in different countries/regions. I wonder if there's any connection there?

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  4. This is such a classic look and I love it every single time I see it :)

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    1. Thank you Katie! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. I love all blue-and-white dishware, and Delft pottery has got to be the finest. Your nail art is wonderful, and I just subscribed to your blog because of your beautiful painting, and because, well, Canadian.

    Sandy

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  6. wow, great choice, great mani - this was MADE for you!

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  7. This is amazing!

    My nan used to collect Delftware. She particularly loved the traditional farming scenes (I think they reminded her of her childhood) and every inch of her kitchen was covered with pieces.

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  8. One of my favorite types of design! Beautiful!

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  9. Wow! Gorgeous! And so perfect! I knew what it was right away! (Thank you Antiques Roadshow!)

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  10. what a lovely look! I really love it <3

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  11. I like Delftware and how you decided to depict it in manicure.

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  12. You just keep me in a constant state of awe. LOVE so much!!!

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  13. This is so delicate and intricate! Perfection!

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  14. These are so pretty! You are the best at the "sketched" art

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  15. Incredible! I am always jealous of your 'sketchy' loose nail art like this, it raises nail art to a whole new level of artistic :)

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  16. Gorgeous! I think you captured the delftware look beautifully!

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