Tuesday, 20 May 2014

All My Children Have Paws Nail Art TPTC

Hey y'all!

I'm back with the penultimate red, green, and purple nail art for the May Tri-Polish Tuesdays Challenge. I was sitting here one evening, drinking my tea, and Mr. Faff came in and declared that I should do a nail art inspired by my favorite mug, which happens to contain three of this month's TPTC colors!  Here's what happened:

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As you can see, my mug is patterned with lots of different colored pawprints on a black background, so I isolated the three TPTC colors and used them on two accent nails, while leaving the other nails black with a single rhinestone.

All my children have paws nail art
L-R: Pure Ice Superstar!, Revlon Gum Drop, China Glaze Liquid Leather, elf Smokin Hot, Barry M Key Lime
To begin, I painted all nails with two coats of Liquid Leather, my new go-to black.  When it was dry, I created the paw prints on my middle and ring finger using both the small and large ends of a dotting tool in Superstar, because I was pretty sure at least two of my polishes were not going to be plainly visible over the black polish, so I wanted to make a white background for them to pop off of.  Other bloggers have made this technique look so easy, and I really struggled with getting my paw prints spaced out correctly and formed nicely, so either it's definitely NOT as easy as they make it look, or I had the dumb when I was trying it.

All my children have paws nail art

So basically, after 2 previous attempts, I stuck with this pattern, which has three paw prints that still aren't spaced as nicely as I wanted, but whatev.  After I let the white polish dry, I went back in with the same dotting tool and tried to cover without overrunning the white with my purple, green, and red.

All my children have paws nail art

As you can see, this was note completely successful.  Turns out my polishes were a lot more opaque and visible on the nail in the parts where I colored outside the lines, and I still had skips where a thin white outline shows through in other places.  Now, the plus side is that they didn't look too bad at arm's length, and it wasn't until I looked at my photos that I realized just how bad I am at coloring inside the lines.  It's amazing I managed to pass through gradeschool, but I like to think that it's just because I'm a draw-my-own-lines kinda girl.  We'll go with that, right?

All my children have paws nail art

The other nails were all finished with these white iridescent rhinestones that came in a Nail Rock kit.  

All my children have paws nail art

As a bonus, I thought I'd show you the inside lip of the mug, because it's cute.  There's another paw print on the bottom of the mug, but if I showed you the tea stains in the corner of the mug, my mother would fuss at me really a lot.  It's not that I don't try; it's just that it's really hard to get my scouring pad down in that crease!

Next week brings the final green/red/purple look, and I have to say I couldn't be more relieved.  This month's colors have been exceptionally challenging and I am very much looking forward to moving on to a new set.  As always be sure to check out the other Tri-Polish looks below, and I'll see ya tomorrow!





13 comments:

  1. Love!!!! My dogs are more important to me than nail polish (and that's saying a lot) so I love it when the two passions are combined! This mani is awesome!

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    1. Well if your nail polish was more important, I'd be highly disappointed in you :P Thanks honey!

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  2. This is so great! I love the mug idea, especially because the bright colours look so good over the black x

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    1. Thanks Emily! That's what hubby says too!

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  3. Haha I love it being inspired by your favourite mug. My favourite one is much more plain so it wouldn't really work here - but job all the same. Puppies are so cute :)

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  4. Such a cute manicure!! Where did you get that cup?? I need it in my life :) (as it is extraordinarily, on-point true!!)

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    1. I'm pretty sure it came from the Animal Rescue Site store, but it was years ago. The closest one that I found is this one: https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/49599/all-my-children-have-paws-grande-mug?source=4-308-40

      As a bonus, of course, the proceeds go to the charity.

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    2. Ouch, confirmed. Just found the one that I have and it's discontinued.
      https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/45187/all-my-children-have-paws-mug

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