First off, I have a bit of exciting news. On Saturday I did my registration and enrollment to start nail tech certification courses in September. I'm really excited to start "officially" learning how to create beautiful nails, and can't wait to share that experience here on the blog. Until then, I will continue with business as usual, nail art and faffing about with things as they strike my fancy. Today's Tri-Polish Tuesday brings me to a kind of look that I've seen in a few places but wanted to give it my own. I've created a stamped floral mani that uses microbeads to accent the centers of the flowers.
I almost got away with using all one polish maker this time, as well, but in the end decided I needed a gold foil to help the turquoise stamping, so I had to sneak another maker in.
|L-R: Barry M Gold Foil, Models Own Naked Glow, Turquoise Gloss, Coral Glaze|
Since receiving my new Vivid Lacquer plates late last week, I had been itching for a chance to test them, and this manicure was the second version of a TPT mani using them. The first was a horrible fail, not because of the plates but mostly because of a poor concept on my part. I chose the lovely sort of hibiscus-y design on VL014 and added parts of the flowers to each nail in a color opposite the tip color.
Unfortunately the HyperGels are a little too sheer to work effectively as stamping polishes, which works in the favor of the coral flowers (creating a neat kind of purplish color over the tips) but failed hard-core on the turquoise stamping, which led me to double-stamp with the Gold Foil in an attempt to add some dimension or, frankly, some pizazz. Unfortunately I think the images on my ring finger and thumb just get lost in there, but I labored on. After a good healthy coat of HKG on each nail, I quickly applied a few microbeads to the center of each flower, gold on the coral flowers and metallic rose beads on the turquoise/gold flowers. I also added a string of metallic turquoise beads along the shooting buds on those nails but you still can't hardly see buds on that part of the image. Oh well.
All in all, I claim partial success, because I *love* the coral stamping over the turquoise tips and I hate the reverse. I definitely want to give this image some more love in another design later on, and I think the beads really add something to those flowers.
Hope you're all off to a good week. As always don't forget to check out the other nude/turquoise/coral looks from the Nail Tarts below, and I'll see ya tomorrow!