Apologies for being absent this past week, I've really been at a total loss as to what I want to do on my nails, it's almost that I have sooooo many polishes and sooooo many arty bits and bobs that I'm now spoilt for choice! I'm also being pulled in the direction of different, more 'lifestyle' blog posts that I am eager to write and I'm struggling as to whether to add them to this blog or start another?! Then do I keep this or include the odd nails there?!!! Hmmmm #bloggerproblems.
Anyways, earlier in the week I did manage to get a bit of nail art on my nubbs after being inspired by the new Olympia Beauty Show invitations which I received in my Scratch Magazine.
Now, I made a bit of a pigs ear of this one using the tracing paper technique so hang tight.
Started out by painting all but the index & pinky fingers with two coats of Blueberry dotted in Huckleberry and topcoated. I painted the index & pink fingers in Lychee. Then I drew out the facial parts of the design on tracing paper with nail guides underneath to get my sizing right. I used black markers, a white nail art pen and the Barry M polishes to paint the details on to the tracing paper. Next I cut out the paper and did a fresh second coat of Lychee, pressing the tracing paper parts into the wet flesh coloured paint and holding there. Once dry and secure I added the polka dot design around the nose & mouth on the pinky, and painted the area to the right of the face on the index finger in Passionfruit. I touched up and added little details with the black pens before topcoating.
All of that jiggery-pokery just because no matter how many times I tried I couldn't get the sizing right when drawing the design directly on to my nails from the invitation I had?! I was at the end of my tether and somehow (in my slightly addled mind) thought this would be easier than persevering... Wrong! LOL. Anyhow, the end result is still pretty much the same, but nowhere near as polished as I would like it to be - pardon the pun.
I can't say I'll be using this technique again anytime soon but I can say I may well take myself along to the show this year, I've always wanted to check it out! Would be a great blog post and window shopping opportunity if nothing else :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!