12 February 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Marching Orders

This week's TT theme was a fun one! Each of us has received an assignment from a fellow member, who could challenge us to anything. My marching orders came from the fabulous Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails, who challenged me to create a mani inspired by a piece of art. Within minutes I had zoomed over to art.com, where I spent the next hour or so searching until I found something I totally fell in love with.

Breathing Spaces by Sally Bennett Baxley

The colours, the composition, the soft yet vibrant mood...I want this hanging in my apartment so that I can look at it every single day. And I knew I wouldn't be able to do it justice, but I wanted to push myself and give it my best shot. All told, I probably spent 4 hours working on my manicure. Colour blocking bases, lightly sponging them with Orly Au Champagne to soften and blend them; doing more acrylic paint mixing than I've ever done to try to come at least close to the colours; cutting down two of my brushes so that I could do some of these really fine lines...

In the end it came out pretty well. Not as well as I'd hoped but better than I realistically expected, so I can't complain. Unfortunately (more like, tragically and profanity-inducing-ly), I rushed my top coat, which led to a lot of smudging. And probably because I was really miffed about that, I did a sloppy job with my final clean up and ended up utterly wrecking two of my nails. The pics were...ugh, they were just terrible. Fortunately, I'd had the foresight to at least take a quick snap before that point, so even if it's not quite "finished" yet, I do have something to show for my evening's work.


Despite not sticking the landing, I honestly had a blast doing these. Thanks for the great assignment, Nory! I'm so excited to see what everyone else's assignments were this week too, so for more "marching orders" please check out some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs!



Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

53 comments:

  1. It reminds me of an oil canvas there is so much texture! I am loving it - great job!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I do kinda like how you can see the textures here, before the top coat went on (and smooshed it all together, heh). ;)

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  2. That's a lovely interpretation - love it!

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  3. I agree with Heather! It really looks like a painting. Awesome job!!!

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  4. Elizabeth, you persistently amaze and impress me. Just beautiful.

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    1. Aw, Amanda! I really do appreciate that--thank you!!

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  5. :O!!!!
    :O!!!!!
    THIS IS AMAZING!! I FREAKING LOVE IT!!!! :D

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  6. This is so awesome!!! Just like mini canvases on your nails - great marching orders and great job carrying out the orders!! :)

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  7. wow, once again you manage to take my breath away, this is so good... perfect! thumbs up, love it :D

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say--thank you very much!! :)

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  8. WOWOWOWOWOWOW! You have taken this challenge and created something magnificent! I am in love with this mani! So gorgeous!

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    1. Wow, Nory! Thank you very much!!! ^_^

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    2. I also wanted to say thank you so much for a great assignment, Nory! I really, really enjoyed doing these!!

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  9. Oh wow, these are amazing! You created your very own piece of art here! :)

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    1. I really appreciate it, Chelsea, thank you! =)

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  10. Wow! What a great piece of art! And your nails look awesome!

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    1. That's really sweet of you, Cordia! Thank you!!

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  11. Holy shiz Elizabeth! This is amazing!

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  12. I love this! The idea is pretty cool with each other coming up with something!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! This was a really fun one to do, and I love how everyone's came out this week!

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  13. Elizabeth! You did an amazing job! 4 hours, wow!!

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    1. Thank you very, very much, Anne!! ^_^

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  14. Oh the profanity of impatient topcoaters! Glad I am not the only one, but wouldn't the nail world be a better place if I was?

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    1. Haha, I was so furious with myself, but then sooooo relieved I at least had a couple of "pre" pics to choose from! Phew!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Rachel!! I *love* the nails you did for your assignment too!

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  16. I love the artwork you picked and your interpretaion of it, but wow - 4 hours?! That's some determination :)

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    1. Haha, I think I was more stubborn than determined, but I'm glad they came out okay. Thanks very much, hermetic!!

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  17. This is so beautiful! The textures on it remind me of a painting! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  18. These are so pretty. I love the feel of them and I really like the texture. Sorry about the top coat issues. I am guilty of top coat smudging too despite attempts to "float" the brush. So annoying. Great work Elizabeth!

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    1. Thanks very much!! Yeah, I tried to make sure I was "floating" the brush, but with so many little layers of paint underneath, I guess I just wasn't quite patient enough. Oh, well. After a little cursing, lesson learned. :-P

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  19. omg! these are absolutely stunning! i loooooove them!

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  20. Ohhh, top coat woes. I feel you, girl ):
    Your nails still look so fantastic though! You nailed the design perfectly and I actually like it w/o top coat. The texture gives it the look of a real painting :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Brittney!! Heh, top coat is such a nerve-wracking moment of truth sometimes. :P

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  21. Oh my gosh, that came out really well! I love the detail you put into it!

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