Monday, 7 May 2012

Challenge Week 32: Flowers

Well it's week 32 (already!) and this weeks 52 week challenge theme is flowers- which I was somewhat annoyed to remember today, as I did a floral stamp pattern on my nails last week and I generally like to mix things up a bit more!

I decided to do a tulip inspired pattern/nail art because I have some really pretty tulips in my garden (though they are nearly dead...) I google image searched tulips and came across lots of lovely, blurred and abstract pictures of Dutch tulip fields, and decided that I should do that on my nails!

Lovely Tulips in my garden :)
Monet's Tulip Fields With The Windmill Rijnsburg

Beautiful tulip fields

I thought that today was as good as any to try out using acrylic paint- and although it took me quite a while to get the hang of- and I made a tonne of mess! I quite like the effect.

I applied a coat of China Glaze For Audrey, then added small dots of red, orange and yellow acrylic paint to my nails- I smudged them a little with another wet paintbrush, and kept adding until I was happy with the result. I also added a couple of dots to the top, to give a little more definition in places.

The acrylic paints I have are a brand called Henkel & Watermann, and I think I got them from The Works for 99p! I used Lemon Yellow, Vermilion, Crimson Red and Sap Green.

My ring finger came out a bit wrong, but I really like my middle and little fingers! I wanted to do an accent nail of sorts, so I drew more realistic (but not much...) tulips onto my thumb, adding green paint for stems.

I know this might not be to everybodys taste (my sister hates it, and says it's a total mess) but if it's good enough for Monet, it's good enough for me! (also, it does look better without the crazy close-up!)

What do you think?



  1. Woah this is pretty in an abstract sort of way. I like this! The tulips on your thumb are particularly great <3

    1. Hehe it is- I'm sure a lot of people would hate it! Thank you :) I'm glad they came out ok, you know how terrible my freehand skills are!

  2. I can see where you were heading with this, like you say I imagine it looks better not so close up :) its not a mess, its art!!!

    1. Thanks- yeah it really did! :) Haha yes definitely!!!


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