Thursday, May 16, 2013

Girasoles




... are a pain to do! I mean it and I'm not taking it back! ;)
haha


Today's challenge was to do some sunflowers. Now...considering all I used was a nail striper, I think I didn't do too bad.

I could've, of course, done a lot better, but... it was also my first time and, trust me, I did put a lot of effort into this one - this was actually my second try at the design! 
I had to clean it all up with acetone and start again, as I wasn't too happy about the first design.

But enough talking and excusing my poor painting habilities - haha - let's do this! :D



And this is what I mean! The sunflowers look just like dabbed polish - no real shapes! 
*sigh*





I went with a blue base for the skies, using Coral Matt No. 406.
And I'm glad I did, because it's the one thing that makes this design stand out ;)




I did the sunflowers by placing polish over polish three or four times. That's why this took so long: I had to wait for each layer to dry, so I could do another one.
I used a mixture of two different yellows, although I don't think it's noticeable. I went with Perfect Lady No.31 and Coral Matt No 401.




For the center of the sunflower, I got out my brand new brown polish, Perfect Lady No. 76, and mixed it with Coral Matt No. 403.
That's also the polish you can see in the fine lines, trying to give the petals some dimension. And finally I went for a dark red polish for the little dots you see and voilà! Done:)
A lot of work for such 'meh' results! hahaha



I had a lot of fun doing these though, even when I was getting frutrated over it! 
And I think I have room to improve. Next time I attempt these, it'll surely come out a lot better!

Let me know what you think and don't forget to check the other ladies' designs ;)


Hugs & Kissies,
Mina *



Carmina from Cubbiful

Nicole from Dipped in Lacquer



Paulina from Paulina’s Passions

Kristina from Polish and Repeat

Rachael from Rachos Nail Love

28 comments:

  1. Very pretty... I might just have to copy this!

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    1. awwww... thank you so much! what a great compliment! :D

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  2. You did a great job!!! Its not just polish.. you can definitely tell its sunflowers!

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    1. Hetal you just helped make my day! :) Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comment **

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  3. I do not know what your are talking about on facebook.....your design is awesome!!! Give yourself more credit for this pretty mani :)

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    1. It's just that I searched and saw so many photos and tutorials, I somehow feel I didn't fully accomplish the whole thing ;)
      But you're very kind - thank you so much for your lovely comment :) **

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  4. You have done an amazing job Mina! And I really admire you for making these with stripers. Wow! I would like to see your designs made with nail art brushes, they would be stunning :)

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    1. haha, thank you sweetie - it's just hard work I guess, and being a total perfectionist ;)
      Considering I did these a second time, I already had some tricks I knew would work :D

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  5. It looks beautiful and fun! Very whimsical. This is one of the best I've seen! Well done and worth the effort!

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    1. Jenna, you have definitely made me smile and I think I like these a wee more! Thank you so much for you sweet comment - it made me feel great! :)

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  6. me encantan los girasoles y te quedaron bellisimos :)

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  7. I think this is wonderful! Sunflowers on your fingertips - it doesn't get much more summery than that :)

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    1. awww - thank you sweetie! :D

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  8. These sunflowers are really gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you so much - really glad you liked them! :)

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  9. obrigado pelos comentários à curta, fico contente por teres gostado, é bom saber :)
    quanto às unhas, estão uma riqueza! Adoro girassois!

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    1. foram todos sinceros, não é preciso agradecer! esperam-se mais aqui deste lado ;)
      obrigada pelo teu comentário - eu não sou muito de girassóis, são mais ao gosto da minha irmã hehe! :))

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  10. Os girassóis mais lindos da capital.
    R.

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    1. da capital... do Império! heheh <3

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  11. I have seen many flowers designs but yours is amazing!

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    1. Awwww, thank you so much Tamit! That really makes me happy! **

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  12. Beautiful Mina!! so great for summer. Just wish it would arrive here (sitting with my fire on at the moment!)

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    1. Thank you so much! And I'm with you on the weather quest! Can you believe from Wednesday onwards we had 10ºC temperature drop and actual rain!? Uff!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anastasia! That makes me feel really happy, as i wasn't too sure I'd nailed it ;)

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