Showing posts with label paisley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paisley. Show all posts

14 March 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Brands, Day Three: My Erin Condren Planner

Hi everyone! Today's design draws inspiration from something I carry around with me almost daily - my planner. For years I had been using Moleskin planners, but in the past year or two my use of them, and my organization, had been on the decline. Or at least that's what I perceived. This year, I was surprised with an Erin Condren planner by the amazing Lindsey over Wondrously Polished. The design on it is so marvelous, I knew that someday I would make some nail art based on it.

My Erin Condren planner and matching nail art

19 October 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty-Six, Inspired By A Pattern: Paisley...Yes Again!

Hi everyone! I think the title of this post says it all. If one thing is clear at the end of this challenge, it will be my love of paisley patterns for nail art. Or at least my desire to do this type of design well. You may recall that I also did paisley for Day 8 (Metallic Nails), and Day 15 (Delicate Print). Both times I was not quite happy with my designs, so I took the opportunity with today's prompt to try one more time.  And I'm happy that I did, this is my favourite paisley design to date. :)

Paisley nail art

About this design: In my fourth (yes, fourth!) attempt at paisley, I made a number of changes that I think makes this successful. First, I stuck to black lines. Although it's tempting to use different colours for the lines, black has that graphic quality and is the obvious choice for line work. Second, I did a subtle gradient that lends some interest without overwhelming the design.

Paisley nail art

Third, I didn't try to crowd my design with too many elements. I love really crowded, busy paisley patterns, but this time around I decided to do something less busy (by my standards ;)). And fourth, I used a limited amount of colours to make it interesting but still cohesive.

Paisley nail art

Paisley nail art

My favourite paisley design ever is this simple design by Hana4. If you are not following her - she's a nail artist from Japan - you are really missing out! I borrowed from her the simple way she does her paisley teardrop, however I wasn't trying to copy her design exactly. I just wanted to share this cute design with you, because I love it so much! :)

Paisley nail art

Paisley nail art

To get this look: I started with a gradient using OPI My Vampire is Buff and China Glaze Sea Spray - nails were painted with MViB before doing the gradient. The black lines were done with a thin liner brush and Orly Liquid Vinyl. Then I used Essie Sexy Divide, Trophy Wife, and Penny Divide for the dots and to fill in the lines.

What do you think of this paisley design? Do you like it better than my previous attempts?

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31 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Fifteen, Delicate Print: Paisley, Again

Hi everyone! Here in Canada, it's a long weekend on account of Labour Day on Monday. So I'm going to be away visiting family, and I'll also be taking a much needed mini blogging break. I'll be back on Tuesday with another challenge mani and lots of swatches to post.

Today's design is one that I feel only so-so about. I don't hate it, rather there's parts I think are stronger than others. But since I have a bus to catch tomorrow morning, I really didn't have a choice in terms of posting it. I have to tell myself that not every nail art design can be perfect, and maybe I don't always want to be posting perfect designs.

"Autumn Nights" paisley nail art

"Autumn Nights" paisley nail art

I took the opportunity to do another paisley design. I love paisley patterns and it's something that I really want to get better at. I started with a base of OPI My Very First Knockwurst and the black is Orly Liquid Vinyl. The other colours are polishes from the China Glaze Autumn Nights collection - Strike Up A Cosmo, Rendezvous With You, Gossip Over Gimlets, Tongue & Chic, and Don't Make Me Wine.

"Autumn Nights" paisley nail art

My lines aren't as neat as I would like, and while I like the accent nail with the dark background/light lines, I think using another polish for the details/line work would have been better. Also I tend to add too much when I do paisley designs, so it looks too crowded and you can't see what's going on.

"Autumn Nights" paisley nail art

Otherwise I'm really happy with this. I think this is one of my first attempts at integrating colour in a paisley design so I'm glad that aspect looks alright.

What do you think of this? Do you find paisley print a challenge like I do?

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07 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Eight, Metallic: Paisley, Taboo, Steampunk, and Studs

Hi everyone! I hate to blog and run, but that's exactly what I'm going to do. It's almost 5 am here and I really need to get up at a reasonable hour in the morning.

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I've had Chanel Taboo in my untried box for a few weeks now, and I thought it would be a great base for some metallic nail art. When I was thinking of designs to pair with it, I eventually settled on paisley and steampunk. Don't ask me why I put the two together - I just thought it would be neat. :)

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I started with two coats of Taboo, and using a fine liner brush did the details with Essie Penny Talk from the Mirror Metallics collection. When that was finished I added touches of Essie Blue Rhapsody, from the same collection, in places to add some variation.

The beauty of Chanel Taboo 583 - swatches coming soon! :)

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

The studs are from the Born Pretty Store of course! This design just called for the rarely used ring stud, lol!

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I like the design and idea behind this, but I went pretty quickly so that I wouldn't be up too late. I definitely want to do a steampunk and/or paisley design sometime again soon.

What do you think of this?

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30 March 2013

Paisley and Gradients with Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary Collection

Hi everyone! Happy Good Friday / Easter weekend if you celebrate! Cult Nails is currently having a nail art contest. If you are interested you might want to check out their Facebook page ASAP as I believe there's only one day left to enter. I thought the contest would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself with something new and break out the Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary collection that I bought awhile back.

(L-R) Cult Nails Tempest, Blaze, and Fetish

For this design I used only the three polishes that were part of the collection - Blaze, Fetish and Tempest. My accent nail is a simple sponged glitter gradient using Fetish and Blaze. On the other fingers I started with a sponged gradient using Fetish and Tempest. Then I did all the black lines and details with a fine liner brush. After that I did the white lines with the same liner brush, and the white dots with a very fine dotting tool. I finished with a few accents using Blaze and the same fine dotting tool.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Let me know if you have any questions about this design or how I did it. It looks rather complicated, but it's not. It was very time consuming, especially with the fine detail lines. For the lines, I tend to do a very light line then go over it once or twice more. I find there's less errors, and if I make a mistake, it's easier to fix. I also use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid while working. For now this seems to be working well.

Paisley and gradients nail art

A bit about the 2nd Anniversary collection:

Blaze is a very fine gold and copper glitter in a clear base. You could wear this one on it's own with 2-3 coats, but I prefer it layered over another polish. The formula on this one is great. My only concern is that I ended up with a wonky brush. I'm glad it's not one of the other polishes, and hopefully I can fix it.

Fetish is a jet black with a wax finish. By wax finish I mean it's not completely matte, but has a nice sheen to it. However, adding top coat negates the wax finish, so you need to wear this one without. I found it applied so perfect and smooth with two coats. I was so impressed that the finish was flawless, and I wouldn't have a problem wearing this without top coat.

Tempest is a pure white creme. What sets this apart from other whites is the superior formula. It goes on very creamy and smooth, and it's perfectly self-leveling. This was two coats but it's almost a one-coater. This one is going to compete with my Sally Hansen White On as my go-to white for nail art.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Overall, I'm happy with the design, even if no one votes for me during the contest. It's one of those designs where up close I can see all the imperfections (which are of course magnified by the camera), but when I'm looking at it while typing up this blog post, I'm so completely satisfied with it. The paisley is like little miniature paintings on my nails and I love looking at the variations and details.

What do you think of this? Have you tried paisley designs? Did you get the Cult Nails collection?
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