Monday, 5 January 2015

31DC-D5 - Dotting Tools

Hey y'all!

Monday's here, and I guess it's officially time to get back to the grind - the holidays are over and we've got a brand new year ahead of us.  I hope if you made resolutions and/or goals that you've not already given up on them.  Remember that even if you stumble, you can get right back up again and keep going!  This year I'm going to start working on getting out and interacting with my new community more than I have been thus far - between the culture shock and my own social anxiety, it has been incredibly hard for me to try to make new friends here locally, so it's become a goal of mine to change that.  I have no clever segue from that into today's nail art, so I'll just say that today we're working with the theme of dotting tools, and I created this fun look that I'm calling a peanut butter and jelly dotticure.

 Peanut butter and jelly themed dotticure.

As I was going through my indies for yesterday's Happiness manicure, I stumbled upon a gorgeous US indie crelly that I knew I wanted to use as soon as possible, so I grouped it with some vaguely peanut-y neutrals for my look.

L-R: ELF Glamour Girl, Nina Rum & Reggae, OPI A-Piers To Be Tan, Octopus Party Bleeding Tarts
I started with two coats of Bleeding Tarts on all my nails except my ring finger, to which I applied three coats of Rum & Reggae.  Bleeding Tarts is actually a super deep grape crelly that goes opaque in two coats on short nails because it's so dark.  I love it!

 Peanut butter and jelly themed dotticure.

Using my three neutral shades, I began adding various-sized dots to my grape nails, trying to work in thirds to space them out.  I think this mental spacing actually helped me balance the dots quite well, so I'll keep it in mind next time I want a non-linear dotted look.

 Peanut butter and jelly themed dotticure.

On my ring finger, I used the same "rule of thirds" but did not vary the size of the dotting tool, and the result has an almost snowflake expansion - still linear but not in the traditional staggered rows or squares.

 Peanut butter and jelly themed dotticure.

Because he loves it any time I do "spots" on my nails, this was a huge hit for Mr. Faff.  If only he could appreciate a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich!  However, he hates peanut butter and prefers "golden marmalade" to jam.  Interesting side note: if you ask for jelly over here, you'll get gelatin, not the smoother and more gelatinous product Americans know as jelly.  Also, the peanut butter over here is not good.  It's much thicker and grainier, and has an almost chalky texture that I really do not enjoy.  I have some in the cupboard for emergencies, but I miss creamy Jif on apple wedges.  *le sigh*

For more nail art using dotting tools, be sure to check out the inlinkz below.  I'm hoping we'll see some other uses besides the basic dots, because dotting tools can actually be quite the little multi-taskers!

Have a great day, and I'll see you tomorrow!