17 February 2013

Jessica Fudge with Blue Flowers

My new crush on Jessica polishes continues to grow! I recently bought Jessica Fudge, a pretty brown shade with a hint of golden shimmer to it. It really does look like warm fudge! Only, y'know, with gold in it, which gave me the idea to add a bit of scrolling and some flowers on top.

flower nail art over Jessica Fudge

The design for these is loosely based on this tutorial by Robin Moses, whose fun, fast tutorials I really do credit for the inspiration and encouragement to give acrylic paints a try.

In hindsight I'm not sure if blue was the right compliment for Fudge's warm tone, but I do like the contrast between it and the gold...

floral nail art over Jessica Fudge


I really have been enjoying learning how to use acrylic paint in nail art. I've always wanted to be able to draw and paint but never seemed to have much of a knack for it. It's fun, though, working on a smaller canvas like my nails, with simple goals--"a few flowers and a couple of swirls" is a lot less intimidating than trying to tackle a portrait or an entire nature scene! An idea that doesn't quite pan out is easily enough removed, and even when I'm not sure if I "nailed" an idea or not, each little success is its own reward, encouraging me to keep at it.

Also, one awesome tip of Robin's that I've wholeheartedly embraced is that when you're doing something like vines or scrolling to go underneath your flowers, you don't have to worry about getting all your curving lines perfect because you can always just put a flower on top of any spot that doesn't come out quite the way you wanted it to. ^_^

30 comments:

  1. it's so good! i think a turqoise color match perfectly with brown! great job!

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  2. Very pretty! I do that those colors work well together.

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  3. Wonderful nail art! :-) This brown Jessica Fudge and golden acrylic colour match so good! :-) And the last "touch of the artist" are these beautiful flowers! :-) I like this manicure very much! :-)

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    1. Tanja, thank you so, so much! It's not quite like the tutorial, and the colours are very different, but I just loved the effect. So happy it seems to have worked! ;)

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  4. This is stunningly beautiful! I love the combination of brown, gold, and blue, it looks perfect!

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    1. Really appreciate it, Jenn--thank you!!

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  5. Gorgeous mani, I love brown and turquoise combo!

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  6. I love this blue and brown combo with the gold scrolls. Truly beautiful, I love your blog!

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  7. love how that blue flowers pops up from the background :D

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    1. Thank you very much--it definitely turned out high contrast! ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh, how did I miss this?! Your flowers are just so gorgeous, my dear! <3

    ~ Yun

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Yun! Thank you very, very much!! ♥

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  9. I'm usually not a fan of browns but I actually really love it with the blue flowers! Also, I adore the swirling vines you did. They look so effortless!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brittney!! I was really intimidated by the scrolling until I remembered Robin's advice about slapping a flower on top of any part I didn't like, and then I totally relaxed--once I did that, they actually came out much better than I expected!

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