Today’s challenge sounded like one of the most intimidating from the very beginning, but it honestly was not as bad as I expected. Although, I would like to point out that the nail art only had to be inspired by an artwork, not recreate it. I’m sticking with the story that my mani was never ever an attempt at a recreation. And to be fair, any artwork would have been difficult for me because as much as I might have liked art classes when I was younger, I was usually pretty awful at drawing and painting. So choosing a fairly difficult, very well-known subject to use in today’s challenge would end with no worse results than if I had chosen to draw inspiration from an abstract work.
Because of this, I felt no hesitation in going for one of the obvious choices: Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Well, the top half of it anyway. It’s always been one of my favorite paintings, so choosing it was a no brainer. I possibly should have thought a bit more about how I was going to tackle it though. Acrylic paint would have been useful here, but I didn’t think to use it until I was already well into using polish.
I made Kleancolor Cobalt my background color, and then used Essie Avenue Maintain, Essie Blanc, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass (sometimes mixed with Kleancolor Tangerine Burst), Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather, and Kleancolor Black throughout the mani in various ways.
And then, since I didn’t take the opportunity for a nerdy touch yesterday, I decided to add a TARDIS with Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Kleancolor Black, and Essie Blanc.
Up until this point, I hadn’t used a top coat so that there would be a little bit of texture to the paint job (it is inspired by an oil painting after all), but out of curiosity I added a matte coat.
The matte coat really brought this nail art together, in my opinion. I am honestly surprised by how happy I am with these nails. I thought today would be absolutely horrible, but if you look at it and don’t think of it as a recreation attempt at Starry Night then it actually looks pretty good. And I like the addition of the TARDIS. Then again, I love adding the TARDIS in anywhere I can in my manis.
Now, tomorrow I have grand plans. The challenge is going to be inspired by a flag, and my original idea is ambitious. I might even break out my acrylics!