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Hello lovelies,

 

Earlier, I have shared with some of you that I have been lately in a creative slump. I haven't felt inspired, I didn't feel like doing any nail art not even anything overly festive. Few days ago it changed - I got contacted by minted.com inviting me to check out their site. I've noticed they have an art marketplace section with different art prints. I came across so many inspiring artworks and I finally felt that familiar urge to paint! Today's nails are inspired by a Dazzle Berry Art print. I didn't copy it exactly, but I took the idea and modified it for nails. I also wanted to use more natural colours even though I absolutely love the colours the artist used.

 

Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork
Winter Berry Nails | Inspired By Artwork

 

I've taken pictures to create a tutorial for you as well. Here's how to do it:

 

  1. Apply base coat
  2. Apply two coats of white nail polish. I have used OPI Alpine Snow
  3. Paint the nails with a thin coat of white acrylic paint
  4. Thin down red acrylic paint with water and put droplets on the nail using brush. Pat the brush on a paper towel to get rid of the excess water in the brush
  5. Use the brush to soak in the droplets on the nails. It should leave coloured outline or dots depending on how long you wait. you don't have to wait longer than few seconds
  6. Continue adding these 'watercolour style' dots
  7. Thin down darker shade of red acrylic paint with water and put droplets on the nail where the lighter drops are. Try to overlap them or do imperfect dots so they add dimension and shading
  8. Using brown acrylic paint and brush, roughly paint branches
  9. Thin down white acrylic paint with water and add highlight to the branches. Do it the same way as the dots - paint it on watery and then soak in the excess water
  10. Using black acrylic paint and thin detailing brush, outline the branches and add few more black lines to add dimension
  11. Use the watered down dark red acrylic paint and thin detailing brush and connect the berries to the branches. Paint few empty stems without berries
  12. Topcoat the nails. I have used OPI Matte Topcoat but if you want the artwork to last the longest possible time then use regular topcoat first and then matte topcoat

 

This is the original artwork that inspired these nails:

 

DAZZLE BERRY limited edition print by Me Amelia; picture used with permission from minted.com

DAZZLE BERRY limited edition print by Me Amelia; picture used with permission from minted.com

 

 

I can't wait to recreate more artworks from that site, there are so many beautiful pieces! I've spent hours at their site just browsing and THEN I've noticed they do wedding stationery too! Oh my goodness I've seen so many beautiful designs and have spent couple more hours browsing them. What a wonderful site! If you would like to get inspired too and browse their Art Marketplace and latest art, the address is www.minted.com/art ;) Apart from art prints and wedding stationery you can find there Christmas cards, photo cards, map presents (which are super cool!), party decor and more.

 

It feels so good to do such cool art and post again! I truly hope you've enjoyed it and if so then let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

Have a lovely Sunday! Lucie x

 

Hello lovelies,

 

Merry Christmas!!! Yes, for me it's Christmas today as us, Czechs celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. We have a Christmas dinner (carp and potato salad is traditional food but I cook schnitzels and potatoes) and after dinner we go hide and wait for the presents to appear under the tree (mum & dad always sneakily put them there). You wait till you hear a bell and once you hear it that's a permission to rush to the Christmas tree and open the presents. Of course now I'm grown up & living with my OH so we don't do all this but we will when we have some little ones :) That's all the Christmas talk sorted, now back to the nails...

 

Today's manicure is based around the newest addition to my nail polish collection - Nails Inc Whitechapel which I got in a goodie bag from Nails Inc who sponsored the Nailartists UK meet up (read about it here). We weren't obligated to blog about the Nails Inc products but we agreed we would do a glitter gradient nails with a Christmassy accent nails. Here is my take on this:

 

Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails

 

 

I have started with a coat of the Nails Inc Superfood NailKale Base Coat. Then I applied two coats of Zoya Purity (white creme) and let them dry for a bit. Then I started applying the Whitechapel glitter from tips towards the middle of the nail, creating gradient effect. I have a video tutorial here. The accent finger is stamped with China Glaze passion and MoYou London Festive 03 plate. The last step, well at least I thought it would be, was to apply the Nails Inc 45 second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar. Here's where it all went wrong - first coat of the topcoat was quite ok although it smeared the white polish a bit and tinted it lightly. But because it is not very thick it didn't give that smooth finish over the glitter gradient so I decided to do second coat of topcoat. For some reason unknown to me, the tips of my manicure went matte! So now I had more tinted white which wasn't white anymore and half of the nails matte and half glossy! Could this get any worse? Oh yeah! I thought I would cover this all up if I make the whole manicure matte. I found SpaRitual Matte Effect topcoat in my collection decided to use it. If you don't know it, it has yellowish tint to it so now I have tinted my beautiful, pure white nails with pink and yellow! Lovely! I didn't have time to re-do the manicure so it has to do :D

 

Looks like I just wrote a mini novel..

 

Have yourself a very merry Christmas or any other holiday you celebrate and I'll be back in two days! Lucie x