Happy Sunday, lovers! I NEVER post on weekends because I'm a lazy blogger, so you can thank Stephanie and her scheduling of the Geometric Challenge for this post today! I was going to schedule it last night so it would be up early like they've all been lately but I went to a birthday hangout for my BFF and when I got home I was too tired to stay awake long enough to make a post. I've had a long week haha.
Today's challenge theme is curved!
I had some ideas for this challenge and found some other good ones when I was Googling around but then I saw this image and I knew right away it was what I wanted to do.
Curved lines are still harder for me than straight and though I considered doing some intricate curved patterns, I really liked the idea of this curvy abstract thing. I also LOVED the color combo, so I knew this was the pattern for me.
I started with a base of one coat of American Apparel Hassid (one-coat black WHAT WHAT) and then went to work on my thumb nail figuring out what would be the best way to replicate the design. I broke the living daylights out of my thumbnail a few days ago so you guys won't be seeing pictures of it for a while haha. The corner broke off so far down I can't even file the rest of the nail to match. *cries* But at least it means I have a good place to test designs haha.
I started by trying a sort of needle-marbling technique but with a brush. I put down a drop of Color Club Blue-ming (the turquoise) on my nail and swirled it around with a brush but it wasn't the look I wanted. I swirled some black on top but it still wasn't right. Finally I figured out how to make it look the way I wanted and it was like that A-HA!! moment that makes you feel like you've accomplished something AWESOME.
The way I ended up doing these was SO easy but it gave me exactly the results I wanted. I don't know if it's an actual technique (I guess now it is haha) so I'm just calling it brush marbling. I put on a second coat of black and while that was still wet I dipped my mid-length striper brush in turquoise polish and started painting the swirls. Because the black polish was still wet it was easy to kind of swirl them together and make them look the way I wanted to. It's sort of the same effect as dry marbling or needle-dragging or saran wrap but it's a little different from all of them because you have more control over your design, I think!
After the turquoise bits were finished I went back and added little purple shapes in China Glaze Flying Dragon. I did that to mimic the inspiration image but if I were to do these again (which I can guarantee I will be) I think I would either try to marble those spots a little more or leave them off entirely. I still like them in this mani, though.
What do you guys think of these? They were so easy and I think the design is pretty out of the norm for me but for some reason I couldn't stop staring at them. They look sort of spooky and ethereal or something. Brush marbling is definitely a technique I'm going to try again! Would you guys try it? Would this be something you'd like to see a tutorial on? LET ME KNOW!
Hope everyone has a great rest of your weekend and don't forget to check out what the other lovely ladies have for today!
Stephanie of Sincerely Stephanie
Victoria of Manicurator
Emily of The Lacquerologist
Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh
Brittney of Precious Polish