Thursday, March 29, 2012

Designer ... De Better with Sonoma County Gazette

Here's a sneak peek at another polish in my Sonoma County themed polish collection. It is black and white and 'read' all over, so naturally I am naming it after a local newspaper. I have used it as an accent nail in this manicure.

One coat of Sonoma County Gazette over the ring finger.

Here is what I started with: OPI Designer ... De Better from the Muppets Collection. I love this polish with a hint of red/gold in the silver polish. It is very elegant. Just like Pepe the King Prawn. :)

Here are the polishes I used in this mani: Sonoma County Gazette and OPI Designer ... De Better. This was a good combo for a mani I couldn't spend a lot of time on. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cheesy Nail Art

This past weekend I did a broadcast at the 6th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival. I love this festival, so much good cheese! And generally there's wine and beer to pair with the cheese, so that doesn't hurt either. Here are the nails that I paired with our broadcast.

I stared with a base of China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, then painted 'swiss cheese' holes using yellow, brown, and white acrylic paints. I topped with Seche Vite topcoat. 

Here are bottle shots of my first four Sonoma County themed nail polishes, now available at Tallulah Boutique in Healdsburg, California. I will have them for sale on etsy in May.

Here's part of the interior of Tallulah Boutique. It is SUCH a great shop and I am so thrilled that they are carrying my polish line. If you are in the area, I encourage you to go check them out. You can find Tallulah Boutique at 226 Healdsburg Avenue, in Healdsburg, CA. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NAILgasm: A Documentary About NAIL ART

A quick post today to spread the word about a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for NAILgasm. A woman filmmaker is trying to raise funds to make a film about Nail Art and Nail Artists. I would LOVE to see this film, and I urge you to pledge your support of this project. There are some cool stickers you could get by pledging, or even get your name in the credits of the completed movie! I pledged 25 bucks so I get to have my name in the credits, WOOT! There are less than 8 hours left to support this Kickstarter campaign, so please take a moment to donate and to spread the word. She's really close to her goal and I think it would be great to support someone who understands our passion for Nail Art.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sonoma Nail Art presents Sonoma Sunset

I am so excited to show off one of the polishes in my upcoming line of Sonoma County themed nail polishes: Sonoma Sunset! This is a lavender, pink, blue, and purple glittery lacquer that reminds me of the dusty purple sunsets in Sonoma County.

I am really happy with how this polish turned out! There is a bit of a blue/purple shimmer in the base of the polish besides being packed with lots of beautiful glitter.

I started with a base of OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? Pardon the messiness of this pic, I wanted to top it with my glitter polish before cleaning everything up.

I topped the OPI shade with one coat of Sonoma Sunset, and then sealed everything with two coats of Seche Vite. 

Here's a shot of my nails outdoors. The colors really blend together to create an interesting overall lavender hue. And it is really packed with glitter, so you just need one coat for great coverage.

Closeup of my thumbnail. You can see the shimmery blue/purple base which ties all of the colors of glitter together. 

And here is a shot of the bottle. I will be selling this as part of my Sonoma Nail Art polish collection. I will start selling at a local shop in Healdsburg (I'll tell you exactly where soon), and also sell them online on etsy. I plan on opening my etsy shop in May or June. In the meantime, keep an eye out for previews of the other polishes in the Sonoma Nail Art collection. I will probably do a big giveaway to celebrate the opening of my etsy store, yay! I'd love to hear what you think of this polish.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks

These cute little four-leaf clovers were fun to paint and a quick way to make this manicure seasonally appropriate. And I hope they bring me luck, too!

I used acrylic paints in white, green and yellow to make this manicure. I like the way a fun pattern looks on an accent nail. Plus it is really quick!

I started with a base of Orly Fresh, then topped it with this gorgeous shade from Nerd Lacquer called Purely Logical. Nerd Lacquer polishes are so pretty!

This polish is inspired by Spock from Star Trek. I adore it! You can find Nerd Lacquer on etsy, but it looks like her shop is closed for a bit. 

I want to apologize for my less frequent posting lately. I am actually working on my own line of nail polish which is fun, but really time consuming. I can't reveal it here quite yet, but I am really excited about it. I anticipate being able to sell my polishes online sometime in early summer. I may be selling them in Sonoma County before that, and I will keep you posted. In the mean time, be sure to support awesome indie polish makers like Nerd Lacquer on etsy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham

In honor of Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday last week, here are my Green Eggs and Ham nails!

Sorry, I did not take any pics during the painting of this mani, just the finished product. But that ham sure does look tasty, huh? :)

And on my right hand: green eggs. This was the easier image to paint, so I did it with my non dominant hand. 

Here is the base color I used in this mani: OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It. I've been a little bit busy behind the scenes at Sonoma Nail Art, so sorry for my absence. My mom is in town from Seattle this weekend so I will probably not have any more posts for you this week. I'll jump back on the wagon soon. :)

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bubble Tea

My friend Chelsea of Pretty and Polished has some AMAZING custom made nail polishes. She's so talented. I purchased a few of her lovely creations recently. I present Pretty and Polished Bubble Tea!

I added a bit of nail art to the ring finger. It's bubble tea! Have you ever had bubble tea? It's a yummy drink from Japan that can be flavored really however you like it, and at the bottom of the drink there are pearls of gummy tapioca. It's fun and delicious.

Here is Bubble Tea on it's own. It's a luscious pale green with tiny shimmer and scattered medium black hex glitter. They just sort of float in the polish the way the tapioca pearls float around in bubble tea before settling at the bottom. 

I used green, yellow, black, and white acrylic paints to make the artwork on the ring finger. I started with a yellow green line for the straw.

Mixing black and white into the yellow-green, I added shading on either side of the straw to give it dimension. 

Next I added black circles (or lumps, they aren't really great circles) to represent the tapioca pearls in the bubble tea. 

Finally I added highlights with white to each little pearl to make them seem shiny and fat. I topcoated with Seche Vite and that's it! Have you ever tried bubble tea? What's your favorite flavor?