Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It is almost Halloween and for some of you it may even be Halloween. Do you have any big plans? I am going to go Trick-Or-Treating with my friends and their kids. I love seeing how excited kids get around this time of the year! Today's challenge in the self paced nail art challenge being put on by SassyNails is pumpkins. I suffered the same dilemma as I did with the last challenge in that I had already done this pumpkin mani for the Crumpet's Nail Tarts Halloween Challenge and my creativity was as a standstill. Can you guess where I looked for inspiration? If you guessed Robin Moses, you would be correct. I know I say this every time, but I love that she teaches us how to do what looks impossible! If you are looking to learn how to work with acrylic paints on your nails, I recommend no other than her. Here is the link to her video that I used for this mani.
I mixed all of my own colors for this mani with Artist's Loft acrylic paints. For the darkest orange, almost a brown, I mixed Crimson Red, Lemon Yellow and a dab of Lamp Black. For the pumpkin color I used the same mixture as the dark orange, minus the black. For the yellowish highlights I used the same orange base plus a little bit of Titanium White to lighten it up a little. For the dark green that is on the stem and leaves I used Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine Blue and for the lighter green I just used some of the Titanium White to lighten it a little. For the grass that I did on the bottom I would dab my brush in black on one side and then the dark green on the other to give it that mixed texture look. I am super happy with how these turned out.
Base coat: Sally Hansen Triple Strong Advanced Gel Nail Fortifier
Base color: Skulls and Glossbones from OPI - 2 coats
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top coat
All were taken inside without the flash
I added this one because you can see the highlighting towards the top of each pumpkin.
I just really like how the grass and the curly-q turned out on my thumb so I thought I would add it.
I hope you guys like this! Who do you go to when you are running short on ideas and need some inspiration?