14 August 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Animal Inspired

This week's Twinsie Tuesday theme is "Animal Inspired" nails. I wanted to push myself a little outside of my comfort zone with some nail art for this, so I cruised Google images until this guy caught my eye.

Source: Scientific American

Meet the poisonous Red-Backed Dart Frog. Native to South America, in addition to being insanely brightly coloured, it can cause cause serious injury to humans and will kill your chicken dead. "Outside my comfort zone"? Check.

animal inspired nail art

I used nine different polishes on this manicure, not counting base and top coat, which...okay, I used eleven different polishes on this manicure. After laying down a base orange of OPI In My Back Pocket, I sponged on China Glaze Make Some Noise and Revlon Colorstay Red Carpet, trying to go darker towards the top and edges. Then in varying directions along the bottom I used a torn corner of my sponge to apply the blues (Orly Blue Collar, essie Bikini So Teeny, essie Borrowed and Blue, Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate, and OPI Ski Teal We Drop). Then when I was happy with how my blues looked, all nicely sponged together, I went and covered most of it with dots of China Glaze Black Leather.

animal inspired nail art

I had so much fun doing these nails! It was definitely a challenge, but I think I'm going to keep on the lookout for more interestingly coloured animal patterns to try. I know Husband wants me to have a go at the one he called the Hypno-fish.

Looking forward to seeing what the other Twinsies did today!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Srsly Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame

58 comments:

  1. Awesome!! Your nails look just like the frog! Love it!

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  2. This is absolutely wonderful, I LOVE it!!

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  3. This looks awesome! I love it!

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  4. Giiiirl. Wow! You rocked this! I love it so much.

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  5. Omggg no way!! This is incredible! Seriously. Way to take it to the next level and make my TT look cheaterrific!

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    1. LOL, thank you, Brandi! I happened to love your "cheaterrific" choice--it's so incredibly pretty, and the colours are spot-on!

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  6. So cool! I don't think I've seen frog print yet xD

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    1. Haha, thanks Sharra! Yeah, I don't think it's quite hit the runways yet. ;p

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  7. Good for you in doing something out of your comfort zone!! :D Your manicure is gorgeous!!! :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Ash!! I can't paint actual *things* for anything (but speaking of, OMG, your Adventure Time nails were AWESOME), but I figured I could probably manage some sponge and dots with a picture to go on. ;)

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  8. Not my chickens! Love this! Those little frogs are so cute! I love cute and deadly things.

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I love "cute and deadly" too. ;)

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  9. this is great, love it :-D
    you just stole than frog's skin ;-)

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  10. Frogs are my favorite animal! I love this so much!!!

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  11. Very good job! Your manicure really looks like this frog..! By the way, it must be an incredible creature, just look at it! :-)

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    1. I'm always so blown away by your painting skills, so thank you very much! :D

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  12. aw these are fantastic! i have to admit i smiled a little bit when i read "it will kill your chicken dead" haha reminded me of my son.

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  13. The little frog is too cute to be deadly! Your nails look amazing! You nailed the frogs design
    :)

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    1. Thank you!! :)

      I think guys this poisonous can afford to be so brightly coloured. They kinda dare the other animals, "Come at me, bro!" XD

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  14. Amazing nail art, and what a cute but dangerous frog:)

    http://www.opinionatedaboutopi.blogspot.ca/

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  15. Amazing! This is so creative!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I don't know how creative it was, since I just tried to copy what I saw, but it was ton of fun to do. :)

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  16. This is amazing! Everything about this is perfection!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet--thank you very much!

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  17. I love this Elizabeth!!! Love the color combo and the fact that you did the tips. Really nice!

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    1. Thanks, MariJo! I loved those awesome colours the second I saw the picture. :)

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  18. This turned out beautifully! You captured your inspiration so well! Those dart frogs are so pretty but obviously I'd never want to come across one in real life. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Chelsea! I was *almost* going to take it off and try again because I wasn't sure I'd really gotten it right, but Husband was all, "Augh, just take the pictures!!" >_<

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    1. Thanks a bunch!! It was so much fun to work on. :)

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  20. omg, this is stunning! great job! :D

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  21. Love this! I really love seeing animal inspired stuff that isn't just a tiger or leopard.

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    1. Thank you, Kas! I actually really enjoyed looking up different animals for inspiration. My only attempted leopard wasn't very good, so I figured I might as well shop around. ;)

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    2. Haha I actually did sea slug nails for that same reason. Tried leopard nails and failed :P

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  22. I love how your interpretation turned out! These are cute!

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