Monday, January 7, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Art day 1 - art deco inspired

Hey everyone, happy Monday... kinda? I'm fighting off a cough/cold thing and not feeling so well today so this won't be a super wordy post but I'm still here so yay! It's the second week of the month which means time for another Digit-al Dozen theme week. This week's theme is art, which I love because it's super broad and open to interpretation. For my first mani I went with a colorful art deco inspired design.

Colorful art deco inspired nail art

When I originally started these nails I wanted to do a design inspired by the Chrysler Building, the quintessential example of the art deco movement's influence on architecture. I did the pattern on my thumbnail and hated it so I took it off and decided to go for a design that was more just inspired by the general art deco movement rather than a specific part of it.

Colorful art deco inspired nail art

I Googled "art deco design" to get some semblance of an idea of what I was looking for but the pattern I decided on isn't based on anything specific.

Colorful art deco inspired nail art

I freehanded all the designs with my mid-length striper brush. The colors I used are Zoya Shelby (pink), China Glaze Kinetic Candy (light blue), China Glaze Def Defying (green), China Glaze Hanging in the Balance (dark blue), and China Glaze Creative Fantasy (purple). I love all of these colors together really hard.

Colorful art deco inspired nail art

I did a simpler variation of this design first but wasn't happy with how empty it looked so I sort of just kept adding lines here and there until it more closely approximated what I was going for. I'm still not super thrilled with this mani for some reason. It is growing on me, though, and I like it a lot more now than when I first finished it. It also photographed nicely, which is a plus!

Colorful art deco inspired nail art

I dunno... even though I love these colors and this is a design that should have been right up my alley I just couldn't fall in love with it. I think it might be that it's too much like a lot of the stuff I was doing a few months ago and it just seems too simplistic to me, or that my lines aren't perfect, or maybe I'm just grouchy because I'm tired and I don't feel well, haha! Looking at these pictures now I do like it a lot more than I did when I finished it last night and I'm definitely in lurrrve with the color combo. I love the art deco style, too, and I think I'm going to try it again for tomorrow's nails but use striping tape this time so I won't shed a tear over each imperfection in my line work.

What do you guys think of this mani? Don't forget to check out the other ladies' cool art-inspired nails for today!


16 comments:

  1. Fabulous as always! I love the color choices.

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  2. I would KILL to use a striper brush that well xxx

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  3. Wow, love this! A really lovely colour combination as well:)

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  4. Aww this is sweet! the lines are so sharp and clean!
    awesome!

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  5. outstanding work! just love it!

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  6. giiirrrrl you're crazy. these are awesome.

    awesome I tell youuuu.

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  7. I'm obsessed with that melon + lime combo on your middle nail and that blue + purple on your pinkie! Don't feel sad, these are great :)

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  8. Such a cool design! I feel like I'd be too shaky for that, lol! I can't wait to see your striping tape ones!

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  9. wow! I love it! looks perfect :)

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  10. This is so pretty!!! Great painting, and I love the colors!!

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  11. What are you talking about, this mani is great! People would kill to get lines as even and straight as yours, silly! :) I love the mix of colours. I think the index finger is my favourite. Get well soon! :)

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  12. I love the design and the colours you've used!! :)

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  13. Omg I love this colour combination ! Ingenious !

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