Wednesday, September 26, 2012

31DC: Day 26 - Inspired by a pattern (cross stitch nail art)

Hi everyone!!
I thought about this theme for quite a bit, and I have no shortage of "patterns" I'd like to attempt, but then I had a light bulb idea!! I follow patterns for cross stitching all the time, and I really love cross stitch... so let's do a real pattern on the nails! I tried to do Autumn colored maple leaves for this one. And I used a new tool to challenge myself. It.was.really.hard. guh!

 First I applied 3 coats of Ciate Cream Soda. I wanted to mimic the grey skies we are seeing in NY right now. Then I mixed up separate containers of a few different Autumn colored acrylic paint with water to thin it down. Getting the right consistency was just trial and error. Then I used a calligraphy pen to draw on the X's. Also a lot of trial and error. Often frustrating. I see a lot of room for improvement on this one, but overall I'm pleased.


 I tried to get different angles of the leaves so it seemed like they were falling and random. Not too confident that I succeeded with that ;)

Always learning in this nail art world!!! I love it.

*Just want to UPDATE I saw a pin on Pinterest about using a calligraphy pen, and of course, now I can't find it!! I just didn't want to take credit for coming up with the idea myself. Though using it for the cross stitch idea, that is my own :) 


Thanks for reading guys! So happy to have you :) 
~Victoria 

Here are the other "pattern" nails!

22 comments:

  1. Super neat! You always come up with the most unique ideas!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I actually saw the calligraphy pen being used in a pinterest pin, but now I can't find it!

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  2. It looks really great! I love cross stitch too, and I think you captured it perfectly - and the colors are gorgeous for autumn :]

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  3. Holy awesome! I've been cross stitching since I was really little and I LOVE the idea of cross stitch nails - I might have to try them sometime! Also way cool using a calligraphy pen... I never would have thought of that!

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  4. Very cool! Never would have though to use calligraphy pen or do amazing cross stitch nails! Wonderful job!

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  5. This is such as great concept! I think these turned out amazing! Very creative.

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  6. I just want you to know I'm sitting here just shaking my head looking at this. Absolutely amazing! I could never do it. I can't draw a straight line!

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  7. This came out super pretty, flashes of inspiration are the best! Great job x x x

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  8. you should have a nail art book, I love how you innovate all the time

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  9. This is SO COOL. You should be so proud!

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  10. WOW so cool! I would have never thought to so it this way. Such a good idea!

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  11. This is SO freaking cute!!! And a funny coincidence... I just started my very first cross stitch mini-project yesterday and I am so hooked!

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  12. Oooo! Pretty! It really looks like a cross stitch pattern!! I love the detail you put in it!

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  13. ok, this is more than enough awesome from you now. I don't think i can take much more awesome !!!

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  14. This is a really cool idea. I like it!

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  15. This is gorgeous and unique-I love the colors here. And I am SO jealous of your nails!

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  16. is that an 'ordinary' calligraphy pen for ink or is one of those special expensive ones for nail art? I've been eyeing one of those, but have been thinking that maybe an ordinary pen would work, but then it hit me that ink is much thinner than acrylic paints..

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