Join me on the softer side of nail art for a moment today. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone…so please be kind. Don’t stare too intently…I might cower.
|Yes, those are MY nails with flowery lace in soft lilac!|
But for the wonderful gals who make up the Mani Swap Circle, I don’t think I would ever have had these nails to show. As much as I protest, though, I really do like them. More photos and details coming up….and the answer to what the original nail-artist’s nails looked like will be revealed.
OK – let’s stick to tradition and show you the group’s collage first — Natasha and Angela did an amazing job once again wrangling all these folks’ work within the deadline!!
|Lots and lots of lilac nails!!|
I don’t want to repeat myself for those of you who regularly read my posts, but I don’t want to confuse any “tourists” either – everyone is welcome – so if you aren’t familiar with the goings on of The Mani Swap Circle here’s some quick info/links:
- My previous posts: Purple and Coral
- IG and social media hashtag: #maniswapcircle
- Hosts’ IG accounts (best place for all the rules, etc.): @natasha_dauncey and @glacewing
👰🏾WEDDING NAILS!! Well, I’m already married, but… Anyway, I really love how simple and pretty these are. I did a pond/stamping mani using @wetnwildcosmetic “Break the ice” stamped with an image from @bornprettystorenailart plate using @jiorcouture white, topped with @shoploveangeline topcoat. #loveangeline #toppedwithlove #bornpretty #stamping #pondmani #weddingnails
And, here is a close-up –
The idea of doing a pond design, or in this case – a stamp-sandwich, where you put stamping between layers of sheer jelly polish was intriguing to me after the fun I had with this blue floral design.
So, I jumped in. Pun intended.
First thing’s first…did I have a jelly polish in a lilac (or lavender) color? Yup. Phew. Proceed.
Did I have a pretty floral lace pattern in a stamp plate. Of course I did. Or …. so I thought … right up until it was time to make these.
It turns out, the ONLY floral lace pattern (and just about the only lace pattern) I have is the one I used. Aside from it being a bit overpowering for the size/shape of my nails, it’s pretty enough. But the image has the flower aligned with the corner, rather than in the middle like the one Ashema used.
Note to self: I tend not to buy plates with lace designs. Must fix that going forward…get at least one with variations. 😉
|My nails weren’t quite large enough for this lace pattern to get the whole effect…|
I also underestimated the impact of using a polish with a subtle shimmer like she did. Mine are pretty flat.
But, enough comparisons. That can be the death of creativity and a trap too easy to fall into if we let it. Suffice it to say, I find hers really pretty! And now, let’s now look at mine for what they are, shall we?
|Photo taken at the kitchen table with cell phone & flash — while Mr. Kimett looks at me like “Really?”|
The photo above is my favorite one actually. Which is a hard pill to swallow – since I’m trying to improve on my photography with my DSLR cameras/lenses/lighting in my mock studio set-up. However, in this case, the reason has to do with a polish issue, not a photo one.
The top coat that I used did not “agree” with the lilac polish – by that I mean to say – I had immediate polish shrinking (where the top coat pulls back the polish underneath from the edges). So…hence my fervor to keep capturing pictures as soon as I could (ie. before eating that hot food in front of me), trying to salvage what was a really a fun design to make.
Darn top coats. They can be such heart breakers. But…moving on….
|Taken outside after dinner in the “golden hour” of just before sunset (the colors are very warm), again with the cell phone.|
When I wasn’t staring at these right up close to my face, I felt quite ladylike having these on my nails. I do think I will re-visit this idea again.
- Lilac sheer jelly polish: lilac coolers by L’Oreal
- White stamping polish by Konad
- Stamping Plate: EJB-02 by Ejiubas – fantastic quality!!
To make this look, I began with a ridge-filling base coat. Then I applied 3 thin coats of the jelly polish. When that was dry, I stamped the image onto my nails in white and allowed that to dry. I then applied 2 thin coats of the jelly polish creating that color-wash look over the stamping. And, as already discussed, sadly it turns out, top-coated the design.
EDIT 8/7/16: I may have been a little too harsh in my assessment of top coats. It donned on me that I had recently used this same top coat without any problems. So, I started wondering what else could be causing the issue. I did a six side-by-side tests of this lilac polish with 5 different top coats (and left one uncovered).
What I found was less of a problem than I had the day I had created these – I am going to attribute that to humidity (it was extremely high the day I painted these). But I also found that the polish itself is inconsistent and pulls up at the edges. Huh. So – this one is going into the pile of “not for use with nails”. Yeah….I can’t quite purge them completely….hangs head…
|Another late night in the bathroom using the cell phone…what’s up with this routine?|
|The daylight provided the needed softer lighting appropriate for this design.|
So there we have it folks. Again, no new flowers for today. This post is unusually light on the collages compared to those of late…but I think that it’s OK to mix things up some. 🙂
Hope you’re having a swell day – and THANK YOU for visiting!!
Till Next Time,