Craving some more floral nail art? Hope so; as it seems to be the theme here lately. I don’t know about you, but I find flowers full of wonder. Take for example, the iris — the shapes of the blooms are fascinating, aren’t they?! Additionally, I love a flower that comes in so many colors. Even the leaves are pretty cool.
Are you familiar with the iris paintings by Vincent van Gogh? They came to mind when I was planning out this design. And, thinking about them makes me want to visit a gallery to see them. I’m rambling…aren’t I?
As it happens… I’m no Vincent van Gogh…but, I did have a great time of it anyways, stamping and then painting these nails with teeny tiny irises on them.
Doesn’t it figure that the day I make nail art with irises, I find that most of the flowers in my yard are past bloom. Woops.
Well, I guess then it’s a good reason to put them on my nails — to enjoy them even longer!
To better keep me on track here…Let’s chat about what all was used and how I made these, shall we?
Mini Mani Moo – Moo Gel
Madam Glam – No Wipe Top Gel
Polishes – Base
Essie – White Page
Elevation Polish – Thracian Sea
Plate: **Born Pretty Store – BP-L067 Floral Design, Item #39490
Stamper: Bundle Monster – The Monocle Stamper
Polish: Hit The Bottle – As Black As Night
Polishes – Lead Lighting
Essie – Point of Blue, No Shrinking Violet, Muse Myself, & Highest Bidder
Lucky 13 Lacquer – Cuddle Weather
Liquidus – Peridot
Lucky 13 Lacuqer – Elemental Ward
|Plate image courtesy Born Pretty Store|
From the moment I saw this plate, there were 3 images that drew my attention: the iris, the daffodils, and the water lily. I was having a hard time deciding what to use — so I got out a piece of paper and stamped the images. There are lots of pretty designs! I had a little trouble with some of them as they are etched close to the edge of the plate which is rounded off. Nothing impossible, just a little pet peeve of mine.
All of the images on this plate remind me of watercolor outlines…so that’s what I decided to create.
A simple base of three white nails and two dark gray nails to start. Then once dry, I stamped the iris image in black stamping polish on the white nails and applied top coat. I may or may not have then done something interesting to pass the time while all the layers were good and dry…then…
“Time to get out the jellies!! Yay!!” My Kimett Kolor fans know how very much I ❤ jelly polishes and the effects that they give when combining them in nail art.
I used the polish brush to place dabs of each jelly polish onto my Simply Neat surface mat. Alternating between tiny, torn pieces of sponge (held with tweezers) and a dotting tool, I added the jelly colors over the stamped image. And another top coat to seal it all in.
Below is a picture taken the next day when cleaning up my work area — sans the dirty sponges.You’re welcome. 😉
Colors Guide for Jelly Polishes Used
On my index and pinky, I left the beautiful squishy & moody gray polish alone. But, let me just get this in here for the record, this polish by Elevation Polish is hands down one of the BEST polish formulas I have ever used. Seriously, Thracian Sea could apply itself! I’m sorry this is an older, discontinued polish from 2014; but the Elevation Polish is still an active brand and has many gorgeous current offerings. Enabler alert: Every purchase I’ve made from this artisan brand has blown me away.
As usual, I’m showing off these nails in various lighting…I love the way the grey picks up different hues….just like the sea in different weather.
Probably the biggest reason I love jelly polishes so much (besides that they can mix so well), is their added light reflections. I especially loved how these nails looked outdoors.
I don’t know why, but when toting around the bottles, I took this shot — probably because it is my favorite shade of yellow:
Okay…now back to the nail art…
It’s official. These grew on me, big time. Removing them will be sad. I think I could wear this lead lighting style of nail art every day…. well, okay…. I’d eventually get bored….but not right away. Next time I want to try using just sponges when applying the jelly polish and see the difference without using a dotting tool. What are your thoughts?
Craving more lead lighting? Me too. Let’s look back on these posts together before you go:
Thanks so much for stopping by…
Till Next Time,