24 December 2012

Poinsettia Nail Art

One more Christmassey (Christmas-y? Christmish? Three words in, and I'm befuddled by an adjective). Ahem, starting over. One more Christmas design before the big day, and for this one I decided to stretch myself a little and try painting some poinsettia nails! Drawing from a Robin Moses design and having next to no idea what I was actually doing, I pretty much grabbed some polish and a paintbrush and had at it.

Christmas poinsettia nail art

The base is Bandi Snow White with a coat of Orly Au Champagne on top to soften it just a bit. After that I did a few basic, background swooshes of black, then some Bandi City Green leaves, followed by dark red petals of Orly Grave Mistake, then a mix of reds for the lighter petals, finishing with Zoya Ziv dots of gold.

Christmas poinsettia nails

I've done flowers lots of times before, but this is the first time I've taken a paintbrush and actually "painted" something, instead of using dotting tools or nail art stripers. Of course, being my toughest critic I'm all about seeing the flaws, but I can also say that it certainly turned out better than I'd have expected from my first real "painting" attempt. So, something to build on, yay!

As I've mentioned, my posts this week have been scheduled ahead of time, and I apologize for not being able to check in on everyone's blogs while we're away. I hope everybody's having an amazing week, though, and a very Merry Christmas!

20 comments:

  1. Oh my God , these nails are looking like a painting :) Amazing!

    Aree With Umbrella

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  2. This is fantastic! I would never have known this was your first attempt at painting flowers.
    Merry Christmas to you :-)

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  3. Oh my, these are so pretty!!!! The detail you put in is also wonderful :)

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  4. I'm impressed, Elizabeth, I have the feeling you will do much more with brushes from now on - well done - Merry Christmas!

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  5. Wow, this is the best Christmas themed manicure I've seen so far! You've don a wonderful job in this slippery task of not being tacky. Merry Christmas!

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  6. This is beautiful! You did an amazing job!

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  7. They're beautiful! =] They look incredibly professional - like press ons!

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  8. OMG! These are amazingly beautiful! I could never paint these on such a small scale...and if I did ever get anything looking sort of OK like this, it would be a one accent nail thing. Everyone of your nails is perfection! Have a happy!

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  9. Your nails came out AMAZING!!!!!! First time painting? Wow, Yiu could've fooled me. Merry Christmas :)

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  10. Oh ya know, just something I whipped up. <<<<Damn you Elizabeth and your amazing skills! ;-) I kid, of course! You are a true artist. Love this and you...hope your holiday is splendiferous! <3

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  11. Elizabeth, your nails continuously seriously blow me away! These are amazing!!
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday! <3 :)

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  12. These are awesome! I tried doing some and it was major fail!

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  13. This is absolutely stunning!!!!! :D Merry Christmas!!! :D

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  14. This is so beautiful! The colors are perfect and the flowers are lovely!

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  15. These are so, so beautiful, Elizabeth! They're honestly perfect and I love how crisp the flowers look on the white base. I'd love to see more stuff like this from you! :)

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  16. omg, this is gorgeous, so well done, thumbs up *.*

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  17. These are gorgeous! Oh my, I have been stalking your blog now for 30min, I'll stop now!

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