Monday, June 25, 2012

Pool Party Nails

Here is another design for Neverland Nail Blog's Summer Nail Art Challenge. The theme is pool party. I happen to live above the pool at my apartment complex, so the feeling of a pool party is a bit different for me than for other people who don't live above/right next to a pool. For about 5 months out of the year, almost every night is a pool party. I get the pleasure of hearing my neighbors yack it up in and around the pool. So for me, a pool party means NOISE! LOL

MARCO! POLO! And lots of screaming and swearing. Gotta love kids in their first apartments who think it is awesome to swear around a pool full of children. o.O

I started with a base of OPI Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. This is a great blue, although it is a jelly and could use three coats (I used two).

This is what I WISH it was like to live above the pool: calm, reflective water and just the sounds of ripples on the surface. No. Such. Luck. These ripples are painted on with acrylic paint.

Then I added black words on my nails and filled them in with other colors to make them pop. Whoever invented the Marco Polo water game should be drowned.

The gradient on the Marco Polo nails was fun to do and emphasizes the VOLUME at which children scream the words out during their games.

This last shot includes my thumb (but I am sad that the corner of it broke) and the voice of at least one kid who always is trying to get his/her mom's attention. Mom, mom, mommy, momma, hey mom! Mommy! Look at me! Look what I can do! Ma! Mommy, mom, mom, ma! Are you looking? Mom!

Check out the other (possibly less manic) interpretations of Pool Party nails!

24 comments:

  1. Haha. The thumb made me laugh out loud. Very creative.

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  2. Marco Polo!! Brings back such fun memories! Love this mani!!

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    1. Ha ha Jodi, next time they start playing Marco Polo I will send them to YOUR place. ;)

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  3. I already told you this on FB but this is really awesome! :) Great job!

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  4. Great idea for a pool party inspired mani. I like how you draw inspiration from your life and surroundings!

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    1. Thanks Narmai! I think the best designs have a personal touch. I appreciate your nice compliments!

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  5. LOL, I can see why you feel like that!
    The mani nicely reflects it too :)

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    1. Seriously Maria, you would go mental too. Ha ha!! :)

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  6. lol "Whoever invented the Marco Polo water game should be drowned."

    holy, that's awesome!! I love every single nail!!! How'd you get the letters to fade like that??? Tutorials please :D

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    1. Hi Winnie! It is actually fairly simple. Since I am using acrylic paints for the artwork, you can really do a lot of color blending. I did the red first, then the yellow. Have the two colors meet, and then add a bit of the red to the yellow to make an orange color and dot that where the two colors meet. A layer of topcoat will help blend the two into a fading gradient. :)

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  7. This is such a unique idea! I would of never thought of this.

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  8. Hahah this is so funny! I love your interpretation. The sad thing is, it's so accurate to a community pool!

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  9. I love your take on it! Although I live no where near a pool, I AM a Mom to 2 little boys and I know how grating the "mom mom mom MOMMY look at me ect" can be someetimes :)

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    1. Yeah, that "mom mom mom" thing is crazy! :)

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  10. This is amazing, your lettering is flawless! You are so talented and patient! I never would have thought this was even possible to do, until you!

    You have my utmost sympathy for living near the pool, our neighbors once pushed their trampoline right against our six foot privacy fence in our new home. My once peaceful patio was suddenly overlooked by a pack of three year to five year olds SCREAMING like bloody murder,throwing occasional rocks toward my glass table and patio door! Just try to enjoy your tea and sunshine with the screaming meemies insane asylum less than ten feet away!

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    1. OMG I would die, ha ha. Thanks for the sympathy! :)

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  11. The detail on these is amazing, I wish I could do letters like that!

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    1. Thank you! Keep practicing, and try acrylic paints if you haven't yet. You get lots more control that way. :)

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