Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Inspired by a Pattern

Today's nails are inspired by the pattern on Sally's dress from Nightmare Before Christmas! I thought this was a perfect way to do a Halloween pattern mani. I first saw the patchwork-style on the whole nail manicure done by Kayla Shevonne. You can see her amazing patchwork manicure by clicking here. I did not do my patchwork in the same way she did hers, by starting with the black, but I like both styles and they are really fun! Also, check out Robin Moses for more patchwork ideas. Her videos are incredibly helpful for learning new techniques.

I studied Sally's dress closely to match the fabric styles of her dress. I did all of this freehand, but you could totally stamp on the swirls on the purple instead.

I started with this lavender polish from Sally Hansen, and then added random patches of green polish. The green polish is from Claire's and it is actually a color changing polish from bright green to light green depending on your  mood. I wonder what mood I was in when I took this pic?

Then I randomly added the other colors, with a dusky blue, an orange, and a burnt umber kind of color. Saying burnt umber always reminds me of Bob Ross, and thinking of Bob Ross makes me smile. You will see that I did not include every color on every nail. I think that makes the manicure more interesting. 

Then I added details to some of the fabric using acrylic paints. Again, you could totally stamp the swirly pattern on the purple at the beginning, to save yourself some time. I tried to make the patterns match Sally's dress as well as I could. 

Here's the mani with all of the black lines and stitches added. This part is really easy. Just outline the areas and add a few stitches here and there. It doesn't have to be perfect, in fact it looks better if it isn't. Add topcoat and you are done!

Polishes used in this manicure: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Delphinium, butter LONDON Minger, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, Essie Very Structured, Cult Nails Awakening, Claire's Mood Nail Polish in Happy/Earthy. (Apparently I was feeling Earthy!)

Thursday's mani: Nails inspired by Artwork. Ooo, this will be fun. :)

18 comments:

  1. I hinestly love this nightmare before christmas is my favorite movie

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  2. Thanks JenBunni! Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my all time fave movies too!

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  3. Really really nicely done. I don't even like NmBC and I looove this mani!

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  4. Whaaaat? Sarah, I don't think we can be friends any more. Just kidding. Kind of. :P

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  5. Thanks Jacki! They are totally fun.

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  6. Oh, thanks so much PolishAddicted. :)

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  7. Sorry! Don't break up with me! I just watched it when I was a kid and I was scared to death of the Boogeyman, and now I just can't like it anymore. I didn't even like playing the NmBC level in Kingdom Hearts. :(

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  8. LOL, ok Sarah. Pinkie Peace. And I cover my eyes when Oogie Boogie turns into a bunch of bugs. Yuck.

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  9. I know I already commented on Facebook but these are awesome!

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  10. You're blog is amazing !!! I found it by reading Nancy's blog (The Dark Side Of Beauty) and I'm following you because you're SO talented !!

    xxx Vee

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  11. Oh thank you so much Vee! That is so kind of you to say. I am really glad you like my work. :)

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