I started with over two dozen designs that I felt were very strong. And I was able to narrow that down to only ten. So these are the designs that really stood out, designs where I felt I pushed my creative abilities. I hope you enjoy! Click on the titles to be taken to the original post.
March: Ode to Kodachrome
I don't often do tape manis, but when I do, they usually look very boring. So I was very pleased with this fun design inspired by vintage Kodachrome packaging. Of course I had to add a distressed, grungy look.
April: Sunsational Spring Flowers
I never get tired of painting flowers, and these were one of my favourites. You can't go wrong with bright colours and fine lines. Fun fact, this is one of my most liked posts on Instagram.
April: Grungy Peacock
April was a good month for nail art. This grungy look with faded borders goes back over a year but it's a look I still love. The peacocks also have a painterly touch, which makes them stand out over earlier attempts at peacock feathers.
July: Talavera Pottery
This design, inspired by Talavera pottery, is more simple than a lot of my nail art, but there's something very striking about this design. It was also very challenging to get it to line up correctly - a nice reminder that simple isn't always easier.
July: Wycinanki-Inspired Nails
I still remember the nervousness when I started this design. It's the feeling that something can either turn out very awesome, or very awful. Luckily these turned out great, and I'm still very proud of the intricate lines and details in this design.
Remember when I started the 31 Day Challenge? If you don't, then don't worry, it's been awhile since I've done the challenge. But I haven't given up on it, so let's hope I finish it in 2015. ;)
I felt these poppies were a breakthrough piece for me. I really love the minimalist look and the plain background. I was also able to capture them on video! I am hoping I continue to make more videos in the new year.
I did a version of these with a secondary - orange, purple, and green - colour scheme. But I like these ones better. I guess sometimes less is more?
October was another good month for nail art! These realistic butterfly wings took a long time, but in the end it was worth it. I feel you need to see the inspiration picture to appreciate them, but I don't mind too much.
I think I was on a giddy high the entire week (or few days) that I had this design on my nails. For me these are so stinking cute and I still can't get over it.
These are designs that were very good but didn't make it into my top ten. I thought I'd squeeze them in anyways. ;)
It's interesting to note - ALL of these designs were done for one challenge or another. Most of them were for the Digit-al Dozen, some for the 31 Day Challenge 2.0, and a few for the Neverending Pile Challenge (which I did not complete). Obviously I need the challenges to, well, challenge me.
So there you have it - my year end round up. I won't be doing one for polishes, as I didn't really review or purchase a lot of stuff this year. I also want to focus more on nail art going into 2015, so this post gave me lots of motivation to keep going in that direction.
What do you think of my picks? Was there something you enjoyed this year that didn't make it on your list?