Animal Print was the 13th design prompt for the #31DC2013 and I chose to imitate the giraffe. My design came out short of what I had envisioned it to be; however, I did enjoy wearing it. They made me smile whenever I noticed my fingers typing, holding the TV remote, etc. And, in this post I include a few photos of the cutest giraffes – ever!
Returning to my comfort-zone of stamping, I pushed myself in the spirit of the challenge to use three colors and wanted to stamp an image on top of another. I was hopeful to capture the gradient that you see on giraffes as their spots fade into lighter or darker areas of their bodies.
|Giraffe photo by Justin Morgan (flickr) at Southwick Zoo|
Anyway, in hindsight, I can think of many ways to have completed these nails differently/better, as often is the case. After stamping again with the darkest color I didn’t get the look I was hopeful for. It hid the gradient effect and I couldn’t figure out how to make the edge of the stamp less harsh. As a last resort, I thought if I stamped MESSY ON PURPOSE it would lend to a more natural look. (In these pictures, it just looked like I suck at stamping…hangs head.)
|“Beware the giraffe behind you!” (Source)|
|Polishes (L to R): Zoya – Louise, Zoya – Flynn, OPI – My Vampire is Buff|
|Newborn calf under female giraffe in Kenya – taken by First Prize Winner John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk in National Wildlife Federation photo contest, 2010|
“31 Design Challenge” (more info in previous post here)
|courtesy of Chalkboard Nails|
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