Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Art day 3 - minimalist abstract water nail art

Hey lovers, happy Wednesday! We're halfway through the week, yay! I had different plans for what I was going to do with my nails last night but I got off work slightly later than anticipated and then I went running and then I hung out with my brother for slightly longer than anticipated so by the time I got home, had dinner, cleaned up, showered, etc. it was too late for me to want to do anything complicated to my nails. Truth be told I didn't even want to paint my nails AT ALL last night but that's the good thing about having committed to this theme week... I had to paint them anyway! We're learning so much about commitment and finishing what we start here at Dressed Up Nails this week... which, believe me, is a lesson that I need much practice in.

Anyway, many of the other ladies agreed to post Pollock-inspired splatters today and I was leaning toward doing a splatter of my own but even that sounded too difficult by the time I got started on my nails. So I had an idea and asked Google Images to show me some minimalist art. PERFECT.

Minimalist abstract water nail art using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Ride the Waves

I found this minimalist abstract painting by Sharon Cummings called Pure Water 112 and was immediately smitten by it. The website that the image is hosted on has right-clicking disabled (smart!) so I can't include the full image of the painting, but they did have this smaller zoomed-in version that I was able to right-click and save. Check out the big version at the link, though, because it's even prettier.


I don't know what it was about this painting but as soon as I saw it I really wanted to put it on my nails. It's so organic and soothing and flowy and I just like it so much.

Minimalist abstract water nail art using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Ride the Waves


I started out with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which apparently I can't stop using. The first couple times it took me three coats but I think it thickened up a little and I did slightly thicker coats last night because I wasn't interested in taking more time than necessary. I still can't get enough of this almost-white color.

Minimalist abstract water nail art using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Ride the Waves

When my base color was mostly dry I used my cut-down mid-length striper brush to paint on the pattern in China Glaze Ride the Waves. Because it's a jelly it was perfect for this design. I painted wavy patterns on each nail and then went back a second, third and fourth time over parts of the pattern to darken them up - I love this effect of jellies! After all the blue I added a few thin lines in black using American Apparel Hassid.

Minimalist abstract water nail art using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Ride the Waves

These still took a little longer than I was anticipating since I had to go over parts of them three and four times, but the organic nature of them made them fun to do and not stressful at all... I mean not that painting my nails is really *stressful* but sometimes I get too obsessed with perfection and that bit stresses me out.

Minimalist abstract water nail art using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Ride the Waves

I ended up liking these more than I anticipated and they reminded me that sometimes simpler designs can be really pretty too, which was a good reminder to have! What do you guys think of these?

Don't forget to check out the other ladies' nails for today!


21 comments:

  1. So pretty! You represented the painting perfectly :) I can't believe that the blue parts were done with just one polish! What a perfect jelly for this design :)

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  2. Wow, these are just gorgeous:)

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  3. Okay, this design is awesome !

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  4. Crisp, refreshing, and BEAUTIFUL. ^_^

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  5. Beautiful. I knew this was My Boyfriends Scales Walls the moment I saw the first pic- it's the perfect white.

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    1. Oh...I don't think this is simple at all - that's the great thing about some modern art - it might look simple but it's technically very hard. The way we see through parts of the blue as it's moving vividly in a 1 D world is really amazing!

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  7. WOW! This came out so great. The way you used the brush and the sheer vivid blue really pulls in the look of your inspiration painting.

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