Friday, December 14, 2012

The Digit-al Dozen Does Festiveness day 5 - festive Christmas-y damask pattern nails!

Hey everyone! We have reached the end of the Digit-al Dozen's festiveness week and I'm SO excited to show y'all my last set of nails for this series... Christmas-y damask print nails!

Dressed Up Nails - festive Christmas damask pattern nail art

I got home pretty late last night and by the time I had finished making, eating, and cleaning up after dinner it was past 10:30. Then I had to take off my old polish and file my stupid nails because they're getting long again, so by the time I actually started the fun part (painting) it was after 11. I was going to do something simple for the last day since I got started so late but I somehow got it in my head that I wanted to do damask print nails in holiday colors and then I got super excited about that so I was finally just like, well, okay. I guess I don't need sleep as much as I need to get these out of my brain and onto my fingertips.

Dressed Up Nails - festive Christmas damask pattern nail art

These were partially inspired by this damask print image I found, but I basically only used it as a reference point to get started. The only nail I really used the image for was the pointer finger, which was the first one I painted.

I started out with three coats of American Apparel Cotton, which is the prettiest, most clean-looking off-white. I've been searching for so long for a color like this and this one is perfection! It's a bit streaky and required some care in application but that's par for the course with light colors so I'm not mad at it.

Dressed Up Nails - festive Christmas damask pattern nail art

After my base color was dry I used my teeny detailing brush to freehand the pattern in China Glaze Merry Berry and American Apparel Hunter (another color I'm super happy to have added to my stash recently!). I pulled a few elements from my inspiration image and made up the rest as I went along. The main thing about damask print is its symmetry, which is part of the reason I love it, so my only real guideline with these was to make sure the pattern was symmetrical on each side of each nail.

Dressed Up Nails - festive Christmas damask pattern nail art

This is hands-down the most level of detail I've ever been able to get on my nails and I rarely say this but I am so proud of them! Part of the reason I wanted to do them was to prove to myself I could and I'm really happy that I didn't totally mess them up, haha.

Dressed Up Nails - festive Christmas damask pattern nail art

I stayed up way too late for these but they were all I could think about doing and I love the result so I think it was worth it. Plus, coffee exists! So that's awesome. What do you guys think of these?

Don't forget to check out the other ladies' final festive manicures of the week!


15 comments:

  1. This is so pretty!!!! I can't believe you freehanded the design!!!

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  2. Perfection, again. I have yet to attempt damask, but it's on my hit list cause I love it :)

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  3. I never thought green and red could be such an amazing combination!

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  4. Wow. I love these! Amazing free-hand! :)

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  5. You're so right to be proud about your nail art, this design is out of the world, just doing all that free hand, chapeau bas, *total admiration*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. I love all of your Christmas manis! The design on this one is incredibly beautiful and of course I approve of that green ;) Hunter is my fave!!

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  7. I am astounded at your freehand ability! I can't freehand jack squat. So jealous! These nails are awesome!

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