31 Day Challenge, Day 10-Gradient nails

Look at how early I’m posting today!  It makes me feel somewhat productive. 🙂

And I brought a pretty good one to the blog today!  Gradients are one of the first things I learned how to do when I started trying out nail art, and I learned with the sponge method.  I have since learned other techniques, but for today I wanted to try one I never have before.  Because this is a challenge and I should at least try to challenge myself.  I remembered this beautiful watercolor gradient by the Nailasaurus and knew that Sammy had made a video tutorial for it, so I decided to try it out.  I used a base white of Essie Blanc, and my greens were Sinful Colors Exotic Green, China Glaze Gaga for Green, Sinful Colors Pistache, and Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet.  I forgot, of course, that for some reason Exotic Green is horribly difficult to clean up.  So please excuse the green-tinted cuticles.

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Now, as far as using Sammy’s technique goes, I pretty much failed.  It doesn’t have a ‘watery’ quality to it like it should (regardless of the color).  I don’t know if it was the polishes chosen, my nail art brush, or my general lack of experience, but something definitely didn’t go quite right here.  As far as creating a gradient goes though, I did at least do that.  I felt that it was kind of boring on its own, so after I snapped these shots I added a matte top coat and made an attempt at stamping.  I started with a tree from Winstonia plate W102 (which worked!) and then added leaves from plate W119 (which mostly didn’t work!).

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31DC-Day-10-green-gradient-5I honestly do not know why I just don’t add a matte coat to everything.  The gradient looked so much better as a matte.  And even if the stamps didn’t all turn out great, they made the mani much more interesting.  It is prettier in person than in the pictures, not quite so bright.  I swear, if I ever get this stamping thing perfected, they will appear on most of my manis.

Tomorrow is another type of nail art that I love, but sometimes have difficulties with: dots.  There have been a lot of posts recently with dots, but I just can’t get enough of them.  I haven’t decided yet whether I want to do something subtle or in-your-face, so we’ll see how that turns out!

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