Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zen Pool Nail Art

This week I decided to finally try out my nail art brush set with some "real" nail art! Jen's Nail Files is hosting a nail art contest (which ends tonight!) where participants create an interpretation of one of Darling Diva's polish names. I chose one of my favorite Darling Diva Polishes, the beautiful Zen Pool.



For my inspiration and reference I looked to one of Claude Monet's magnificent paintings from his Water Lilies series. I imagined a "zen pool" would be a beautiful and serene garden pond where one could relax and enjoy nature. I also added a couple of cute koi fish to play in the pool!

 Claude Monet Water Lilies, 1917


I'm really pleased with how this turned out! I wanted to capture all of the gorgeous colors Monet used: the light reflecting on the water and the blushing lilies, as well as his impressionistic style. I used to really enjoy oil painting and I had a lot of fun actually "painting" on my nails!



For this manicure I used about 16 different polishes, which I'll list at the end of the post, and several types of brushes. They all worked out really well, thankfully, although I did have to work very quickly and carefully.


Little jade Buddha is just ecstatic about nail art! And later I went outside in search of some green foliage or a tiny tree frog to pose with but, alas, the little froggies weren't out that day.



I'm definitely going to be trying more free-hand nail art soon! And probably something cute & nerdy, so stay tuned!

TOP, L-R: L'Oreal Royalty Reinvented, Sinful Colors Mesmerize, Sinful Colors Amethyst, Wet n Wild Lavender Creme, Jesse's Girl All Things Girly, Orly Lollipop, Sally Hansen White On, Zoya Jacqueline
BOTTOM, L-R: Essie First Timer, NYC Mint Macaroon, MAC Deep Sea, Diamond Cosmetics Don't Teal My Heart Away, Zoya Josie, Revlon Indigo Night, China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, Misa Dirty, Sexy, Money

13 comments:

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Great recreation, I wouldn't have fared as well if I would have attempted this!

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    1. Thank you! I worried it would turn out just awful, so you never know until you try. ;)

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  2. This is seriously incredible! I can't stop looking at the fish!

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    1. Aren't koi fish so beautiful?! :D Thank you!

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  3. I have seen many rendition of Money's water lilies and yours is among the very best. Your background in painting shows, you really captured the impressionistic style without losing the content. Beautiful job!

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    1. Impressionism is one of my favorite art styles. :) Thank you for the kind words!

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  4. I love this mani. It's absolutely beautiful.

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  5. Yay! I get to be your 50th gfc :) But seriously... This is truly something else and I'm in awe of it being your first "art". Just stunning. ♥♥

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    1. Hurray! First "nail art," but I used to draw and paint quite a bit, too. :) Thanks!!

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  6. this mani is fantastic!! soo beautiful!

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