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