Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge ~ Christmas Tree!

Happy Holidays, Dahlings!

Surprised to see me in the daylight? LOL I've joined the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge & today is the 1st posting day! Kristine & Lorene have done a fantabulous job of putting this holiday cheer nail art fest together for us! I hope you enjoy the ride & here's the map of our upcoming adventures:

A lot of us doing this challange are virgins in the nail blogosphere & some have trepidations about the quality of their art. I'm a life long crafter with an education & work history in the arts. For the last 10 years I have taught others how to make greeting cards using rubber stamps, paper, ink & asst embellishments. One of the challenges I face at work is when somebody new joins us & feels that they won't be able to make something nice cuz they think they have no talent. The point of art, whether you're using paint, clay, nail polish or whatever, is to express yourself, evoke emotion & enjoy the process! Not every attempt will result in success, but most attempts will be good enfu for what they are intended for. Most peeps have an idea in mind when they create something. If what they get in the end doesn't match what they see in their mind's eye or look like the project of the person next to them, they think they've failed. WRONG! Just because it isn't what you expected, doesn't mean it isn't any good! Learning to be objective about your artistic endeavors takes time & so does learning the skills needed to support your creativity. So to my follow 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge participants: RELAX! Have FUN with this! We're all friends here & it's all about the polish!

Christmas Tree line up: Santee Gold Bright, Milani White on the Spot, Wet N' Wild Red Red, Milani Gold Glitz & Sinful Colors San Fransisco.

This is 2 coats of Red Red. This polish is my go to red. It's opaque in 2 coats plus being bright without falling over the edge into neon.


 Ta Da! I decided to not make myself nuts on the 1st challenge by trying to do lil trees on every finger (the insanity will come later), I opted for an accent finger tree with the garland of gold balls trailing across the other nails to tie it all together. I did the gold bits with a small dotting tool in the Gold Bright 1st then went back & added the Gold Glitz on top. Gold Glitz is a lovely fine gold glitter with a prinkling of fine red glitter in a clear base. It needed the Gold Bright undies to show up better. The tree was 1st painted in White on the Spot using a small detail brush. San Fransisco is a gorgeous green, but it needs 3 coats for opacity. I didn't want to layer that much polish over the red only to have a brown tree if the red still showed thru. Wearing white or nude polish undies with sheer polish is an easy way to lessen the coats needed to cover VNL.
 
Whew! One challenge done, 11 more to go. LOL Please go visit the other challengers to see what wonderfulness they've created!

Thanks for Stopping by!
~ Inky

22 comments:

  1. Looks great! I wish i'd used a brighter red now, oh well you live and learn! And i agree, the nail blog guys and gals have been the nicest! :)

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    1. Thanks! I wish I'd used purple for my ornaments. Tis the season for wishing! lol

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  2. LOVE this! That red is GORGEOUS! And your tree is amazing! The gold dots really bring it all together I think you did a fabulous job!! I can't wait to see all of your other designs!! :D

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    1. Thank you for hosting the challenge! Miss K, you are SO good for my itty bitty ego. lol

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  3. awww inky i LOVE that red!!!! it looks fantastic on you..and you are so right about having fun and enjoying it! Love the christmas tree and i love you girl! well done you xxx

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    1. Who'd a thunk a WnW red would look so classic? LOL

      Aw! I luvs you too my Mistress of Nail Art! <3

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  4. I'm new to the challenge circut and promised myself before I started that I wouldn't stress or beat myself up over what I do. All I want to do is challenge myself, not everyone else :) Look forward to day 2!

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  5. They look great. And nice advice, I'm new to nail challenges too and just want to have fun!

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  6. Thanks for the advice for one of the "newbies" to the challenge world!

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    1. You are most welcome! We newbie need to support each other.

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  7. That advice was very very necessary. Thanks for reassuring and binding everyone. Your manicure is beautiful and love, love, love your nails!

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