Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Petaluma National Little League

Today's post is in honor of a Sonoma County team competing in the Little League World Series today! Go Petaluma National Little League!!! It is very exciting for our county to have a team in the Little League World Series, everyone has Little League Fever! :D

The nick name for Petaluma is "P-Town" so that is what I have on my thumb, plus a little baseball on my middle finger. 

The Petaluma National Little League team is wearing green and gold at the World Series, so those are the colors I chose for my geometric gradient. I used pieces of tape to mark off the stripes, and then used a sponge technique (see The Nailasaurus for the tutorial) to make the gradient. I used China Glaze Happy Go Lucky as my base, with Orly Fresh and OPI Who The Shrek Are You for the gradient colors.

Here you can see a detail of the baseball. I did the baseball with white, black, and red acrylic paints. After the artwork was done, I topped it with Seche Vite topcoat.

This manicure also fits into the geometric manicure theme that a few of my friends are doing. You can see more fun manicures below. Petaluma plays today at 5pm Pacific time! GO PETALUMA!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hello Kitty Nerd

Sorry about the gap between posts, I was covering for a coworker and I also had a polish sale, so sadly I did not have time for fun manicure. But I am making up for it with this cutie patootie mani! Hello Kitty Nerd!!  I was able to use a new technique I have never tried in this manicure, and I am thrilled with how it turned out.

This is a combination of an amazing gradient technique which I learned from The Nailasaurus, some hand painted nail art with acrylic paints, and my very own glitter topcoat called "My Three Glitters!"

I started by painting my nails light pink with Butter London Teddy Girl. It was a little bare in spots with two coats, but I didn't mind since I was going to do a gradient over it anyway. Click here to see a great tutorial by The Nailasaurus on how to accomplish this easy gradient technique. I was able to do this on my very first try!

Here are the colors I used for my gradient, and oops, they are in the wrong order. Butter London Teddy Girl, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speedy Sunburst, and OPI Elephantastic Pink. I actually used them in this order: Teddy Girl, Elephantastic Pink, Speedy Sunburst. This made for a very gradual gradient with lots of oomph!

Then I started on HK herself. Here you can see the white and black parts filled in on her head and body. Using acrylic paints makes it much easier to get smooth lines and to fix errors. 

Next I added facial features (the few she actually has), whiskers, and her little buttons on her dress. Then I turned her into an adorable little NERD!

This is a sticker of nerdy/1950s era Hello Kitty. She's got big ol glasses on and cute tenny runners. I found this sticker at the Sanrio store in San Francisco's Japantown. I LOVE that store, and I have to be careful when I go there or else I come home with an empty bank account, LOL.

Finally, to add dimension and fun to this mani, I topped all of my other nails with my Sonoma Nail Art glitter topcoat called "My Three Glitters". It is a black and white topcoat with white squares and black diamonds and has a fun retro feel to it. Then I topped everything with Seche Vite. 

My Three Glitter is inspired by one-time Sonoma County resident Fred MacMurray who had a ranch here. One of his most popular roles was the dad in the television series My Three Sons. My friend Sarah from Chalkboard Nails helped me design this label and I really love it! I do have more bottles of this polish available from my last etsy sale. You can buy them here if you haven't picked up this color yet. I like the way the fun squares and diamonds in this mix make the polish a little different than the other black and white topcoats out there. Have a great week polish friends!