Happy long weekend all! I've been meaning to post this for a few days but again, time has just slipped away this last week. The good news is that I officially finish uni for this semester on Tuesday - only 2 sleeps to go - so my first priority then will be getting this blog in order before I go overseas! I have SO many ideas up my sleeve so it will be nice to be able to have some time to play around with them and hopefully give you lots of cute pictures to look at! The other exciting news is I just bought a new camera for my trip (nothing too flashy, I'm very low-tech so just a simple digital camera that I got for a bargain) so hopefully, if I can learn how to use it in the next two weeks, I can get some better quality going here. Although, I am pretty impressed with how my iPhone has coped so far. It's a little frustrating when the colours don't show up exactly right but that's just half the trouble when you are working with polishes that show up differently in different lights and you have no professional photography experience!! (anyone that does and would like to leave some tips, feel most welcome)
Anyway, I guess I had better cut to the chase now. This week I had my first attempt at using sticky tape to cut out a template for nail art (apart from the striping tape but this was a different process). I had seen this done a lot on one of my favourite blogs, Nailside, and thought it would be a lot more complicated than it actually was, take a look:
Scotch tape "Zigzag" nail art using OPI 'Funky Dunkey' and 'Do You Lilac It?'
Zigzag nail art with 'Funky Dunkey' bottle
Zigzag nail art with 'Do You Lilac It?' bottle
As a first attempt, I was really happy with how this turned out. The colours work great together and - believe it or not - it looks ten times better in real life. Shame it often doesn't translate onto the camera! But still, you get the idea. It was also really easy to achieve. I had been wearing Do You Lilac It? then other day and didn't want to take it off without doing a nail art design on top because it's just such a great base colour. Originally I was going to do white nail art over the top but as I went to my polish shelf, Funky Dunkey just popped out at me. And I think these colours actually complement each other quite well (even better in real life!).
The process was simple; cut out a design from a piece of scotch tape, lay it across the nail in the position you would like, ensure the edges are pressed down firmly, paint an even coat of another colour over the top, wait for it to dry before peeling the scotch tape up gently from the sides, add top coat and voilà! The only problem was that I think I either painted the coat of Funky Dunkey a little too thick over the top, or waited too long for it to dry because I found as I lifted the tape, the top colour sort of stretched and the zigzag lines weren't as crisp on all of the nails. The ring finger turned out the best. Possibly because it was the first one I did and then I reused the same tape (to achieve the exact pattern) so perhaps this is why the rest weren't as crisp. Anyway, a lot of fun and I'll definitely be trying this technique again!
Hope you're having a great weekend!