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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!