Sunday, 3 August 2014

Gilded Brocade nail art - FFTB Retro

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Hey y'all!

Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and seen something in the background of the set that instantly sets off an alarm in your head, screaming "that would make cool nail art!"?  No?  Just me then.  *shrug*  My point here is that I had such an occurrence the other night and today's nail art is a result.  Truth be told, I can't even remember what I was watching, but what DID make an impression in my brain was a gorgeous gold silk duvet with a large, black brocade/jacquard pattern embroidered over it.  I literally had to stop and make a note to myself on my phone to try to replicate the print.  While browsing through my weekly challenge prompts and reviewing some new stamping plates from MoYou Nails, today's Retro theme is my translation of that duvet cover.

Black gold stamped nail art

Yesterday I showed OPI's What Wizardry Is This?, which has an antiqued gold look to it, at least in my opinion.  I decided it would make a great base for the look I had in mind, and would give me an opportunity to try stamping over a textured polish (which I've been really looking forward to doing).

L-R: Collection Aztec Gold, China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI What Wizardry Is This?, Konad Black
MoYou Nails plate 123
While it isn't even close to the exact pattern of the duvet cover which inspired this look, I thought this image from MoYou Nails plate 123 would still achieve the same effect, with the fleur-de-lis and curled swag details. 

Black gold stamped nail art

I began with two coats of What Wizardry Is This? on my thumb, index, and pinky nails, and two coats of Liquid Leather on my middle and ring nails (these two of which were then sealed with SV before stamping).

Black gold stamped nail art

I used the Konad black to stamp over the liquid sand polish, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the stamping stayed together.  I guess I had always assumed that the gritty surface would cause the thin layer of stamp polish to break up, but the stamping polish held together nicely.

Black gold stamped nail art

Aztec Gold would not have been my first choice for gold stamping (an honor which usually goes to Barry M Gold Foil) but because I wanted a really dark, antiqued gold look, I decided to give it a try.  Again, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it performed.  I'm very pleased at how close the colors match on the two different nail styles, even though they have no polishes in common. 

Black gold stamped nail art

This look is definitely one of my new favorites, even though it has departed pretty far from the original concept (which really just means I'll have an opportunity to do it all over again).  As it stands, I definitely get a very French Renaissance vibe from these nails, which is possibly a bit more "Retro" than Sam intended when she selected this week's prompt, but I do hope she'll forgive me.

If you're into Retro things, please take a gander at some of the nail art from the other ladies participating in FingerFood's Theme Buffet challenge, conveniently collected in the inlinkz below.

As always, I hope you're having a great weekend, and I will see you soon!