Monday, August 19, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect

Today's mani is not much and I was really pondering not showing it to you, but that would break the whole purpose of this blog, right? ;)

I'm trying to get the hang of brushes and trying to get used to the way they bend and how I can make shapes, etc.

So, today's mani was bent on making leaves:




What do you think?
Do they look like leaves or...are they just weird? ;)
It's ok to tell me! hehehe




I started with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow (which is nearly finished *snif snif*).





And then I did my very first gradient using acrylic paints and I gotta say: it goes on so much smoother!
It's not that the colours blend more perfectly but I don't have to 'recharge' the sponge for each nail!
One dabbed sponge lasts for as much as three nails! How cool is that? :)




After that, I added topcoat and after it dried I started doing leaves using a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint.
Some turned out better than most but... one's got to start somewhere, right? ;)



Let me know what you think of this one - do be honest! :)

Hope your Monday didn't make you suffer too much ;)


Hugs & Kissies,
Mina *

21 comments:

  1. I think it turned out great! It doesn't really look like leaves but its a neat looking design regardless :)

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    1. That's so nice of you to say - thank you for being sincere, Lisa :)

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  2. It looks amazing from afar, but if you ask me, there's some more way to go in making leaves, which is a good thing! They look good, some of them look a little weird... But as you say, it's about practice! So keep it up! Oh, and I want to highlight that the result looks fantastic when not looking each and every leave!

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    1. Thank you for your awesome comment, sweetie! :D
      I did like the 'overview effect', though not the detailed look - but you're right: I just have to keep practising ;)

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    1. So nice of you, maRyya! Thank you**

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  4. Great gradient!! And leaves are difficult to paint for me too :) they are not bad but I think you start them a bit futher from the trunk, like on your ring finger. They look more natural in that case. In general, this mani looks wonderful!!!

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    1. Oops! I've missed one word :) "you should start" I ment :)

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    2. You know what? That's a great tip!!! :D
      Thank you so much, Anastasia! Will try to do so next time ;)

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    1. Thank you so, so much, hun! :D

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  6. I looooooove it! The gradient as a base fits perfectly with this contrasting black pattern and...yes, they do really look like leaves :D

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! You're too kind! :D

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  7. Niiiiiiiiiiiiice.
    Me likessssssssss!
    R.

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  8. I so agree about not having to recharge the nail polish while doing the acrylic gradient! What a cute mani :) The gradient looks perfect and I like the leaves and all the shapes :)

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    1. heehehe - acrylics are rocking my world ;)
      thank you for you sweet (as always) comment, hun **

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    1. Thank you so much, Irmak! :))

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  10. I think the leaves turned out really well actually! Great nail art.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jiru! So happy you liked them :D

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