Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Lilypad Lacquer - The Dotted Tape Mani

Hi Goddesses



A bright and fun post for you today.





This started off as a fairly normal tape mani - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls on base, and then a gradient (on some nails; some nails used just one colour) of 2 lovely Lilypad holos - Too Much Excitemint (the darker one) and Aquadisiac (the paler one).





I quite liked how the tape mani turned out - and isn't it funny how patterns conjure certain things, even if the colour scheme is wrong?  This still looked nautical to me, even though it used green instead of blue lol.




Because my nails were short, I thought they needed another pattern on top to pop a little, and I considered glitter and stamping before settling on ... dots.  Wow, I must use dots more often lol.





I wanted a bit more grit in the mani, so picked KIKO 632, their Sugar Mat red - and so vibrant it is too.  I love the way it plays off the smoothness of the holo.





Overall I really like the effect.  I'm quite intrigued by the layering of patterns at the moment, and I've been putting dots over all sorts of things lol.


Do you prefer it with or without the dots?



Monday, 15 September 2014

Cici & Sisi Watercolour Stamping

Hi Goddesses



Hi everyone and happy Monday!!  Or er yeh ... Monday.



In blogging, there are certain rules, universal truths and things that cannot be denied.  Primary amongst these is that the amount YOU personally love a mani is inversely proportional to how much love it will get from your readers.  Think it's awesome?  No one will even click on it.  Think it's crap?  The whole universe loves it!  This is what happened to last week's ludicrous post on Sapphire rings lol.  Go figure.




And then there's this rule, the one I love the most - sometimes, awesome accidents happen.  Behold, said accident.




So there I am, a couple of week's ago, creating my watercolour tutorial for the Simples series (HERE) and created this base - 




Never being one to let a good base go to waste, I decided to stamp over it, and picked what I thought was a fairly mundane pattern from Cici & Sisi plate 10.



And there's another rule in itself - sometimes a stamping image takes on a life of its own when you give it a whiff of Konad.  Like smelling salts, it seems to wake from its slumber and jangle into crazy life.




And that's what this mani was.  A fairly interesting base, a boring stamping pattern and a WHAT THE HOLY HOW MOTHER OH MY GOD DID I ... DID I DO THAT ????!!!


Yup, I DID THAT and I loves it.  With thanks to the laws of the universe ;)




Sunday, 14 September 2014

SIMPLES Week 11 - Gradient

Hi Goddesses



Hmmmmm.  Where to start.  I was very much looking forward to this tutorial, and explaining the different types of gradient, and how to reverse mistakes and .... hhhmmmm.



L to R - all China Glaze - Lotus Begin, Peonies and Park Ave and In A Lily Bit

The voiceover is fine but I am really disappointed with the video - I tried a new camera angle and there are parts of the video where it really doesn't work, so I apologise deeply for that.  I may have to replace it at some point.





Gradients seem to frustrate a lot of people, and in the video I make the point that that's because a lot of people are aiming for Nailasaurus perfection.   Whilst her gradients are epic, they came with a LOT of practice, so don't beat yourself up.





The video does explain a slightly different gradient you can start with - the sloppy gradient - and also how to colour correct.


BOUNCE

This is the key word.  Whatever type of sponge you use, your touch must be light and bouncy, as if your nail were a venus flytrap.  The bouncier your touch, the more subtle the effect.  BOUNCE !!!



Here's the video, and then we'll look at some great examples - 




So just to recap the examples you saw in the video - 

The Nailasaurus version - check our her video here.

The sloppy gradient - my preferred style.  



3 colour gradient.


Sideways gradient, painted on to sponge.


Gradienting over an existing mani and colour correcting.


SO CAN YOU USE ANY TYPE OF POLISH TO GRADIENT?

In theory, yes, although some lend themselves better than others.  Very opaque polishes are hard to merge, whilst jellies are a sponging dream.

2 holos can be tricky - sometimes the light robs you of the effect you want - and just bear in mind that if you use shimmers, clean up will be a bitch!


And now some examples - 






This is my favourite ever sloppy gradient - I just love how the colours run and ooze together.













So there you go - if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments, or share them in group xx



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