Tuesday, October 4, 2011

31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Green Nails

This is kind of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, but doesn't really look like that monster. In fact, he looks a bit more like The Grinch, ha! But it is supposed to be a swamp monster guy. And he's supposed to be in a swamp. I like the monster more than the swamp. :-)


 The base color is Adventure Island by Sinful Colors. I really like this shade.

I started with the trees, and these came out pretty well. They are painted on with acrylic paints. I used water and very thin paint to make the bottoms of the tree trunks all wishy washy.

 Then I added water. I am not too thrilled with the water part of this. But painting a swamp is kind of difficult, so I just went with it.

Before topcoat... (I added China Glaze It's Alive for bling in certain areas)

And after topcoat! Pretty fun, and I super love this glitter from China Glaze. I will have to try it out on a whole nail. 

My right hand in the sun. I wasn't about to attempt another swamp monster on this hand. 

Polishes used in this manicure: China Glaze It's Alive, Sinful Colors Adventure Island, Essie All In One Basecoat, and Seche Vite Topcoat.

Tomorrow it is blue nails and I am super excited to show you these. I actually previewed these on my facebook fan page. If you like facebook, feel free to like my Sonoma Nail Art fanpage. Thanks!

24 comments:

  1. This is really neat!! you must have a very steady hand!! Just found you blog and its great!! <3

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  2. This is so cool, you are so talented! I can't wait for the next look :)

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  3. Thank you JeeZ TrendZ! I am glad you stumbled upon my blog. Curious, how did you find me? You will totally get a kick out of my upcoming Halloween manicures. They are FUN FUN FUN!

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  4. Thanks SheerBeauty! You are very kind. I am super excited about tomorrow's post. It's EPIC! :)

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  5. Shut the front door. This is amazing.

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  6. Ahahahahaha, Sarah! That's funny. Thank you so much. This guy was a bit of a pain in my butt to do, but I love him. And bonus: I have my model for The Grinch for the xmas holidays!

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  7. This is awesome, you do amazing work! Just followed your blog, can't wait to see more.

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  8. Your nail art is simply amazing!

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  9. Thank you so much Amber! I appreciate your kind words. :) There's more good stuff coming!!

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  10. Thank you destany! That's so nice of you to say!

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  11. Awesome job with the grinch guy! I can't do realistic shading like that! I really like how you've twisted this challenge to do nail art each day and not just a simple color swatch! I think that was supposed to be the point, but all those other ppl doing it didn't catch on ;) great job!

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  12. Thanks Leslie! I learned to do the shading by watching (obsessively watching, actually) Robin Moses videos. It's a lot easier to do cartoon people than realistic shaded people. And nearly impossible to do portraits of people that you are supposed to recognize (which will be apparent in an upcoming mani). Yeah, I thought a whole month of Nail Art should actually have NAIL ART in it, not just swatches. This has been really fun so far. :)

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  13. This is completely amazing! Great nails inspired by a great movie!

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  14. Thank you so much Nev! That means a lot to me coming from someone who's art I really admire. :)

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  15. Oh my GOSH, that is amazing I love all of it. You did great, the background is perfect!

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  16. Tera, thanks so much. I guess we are all our own worst critic, but I just wasn't satisfied with the background. But there's always next time! LOL

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  17. So glad I stumbled upon your blog while searching google! lol.

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