Sonntag, 11. November 2012

H+M - Blue

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all having a nice weekend. Mine is almost over, but before it is, I want to add one more nail art post to my little blog.

This mani wasn't planned at all. It just happened after I swatched the base color and found it so pretty that I decided to keep it on. I'll include some of the original swatch pictures at the end of this post.

The polish that I used as the base for this mani is from a mini-set by H&M and it has the awesome name "Blue". I'm always amazed by the creativity of H&M naming their mini-sets with names like that... The other polishes in this set were named "Pink", "Red" and "Black"... Anyway, it's a nice blue, somewhere between medium and dark blue. It's infused with silver shimmer and it reminds me a bit of a summer night sky. It's a bit sad that Blue is only a mini polish, I like it a lot!


After I had decided to keep wearing this polish for the time being, I wanted to add a little to that night sky feeling by adding some sparkles to it. What better polish could there be than Barielle Starry Sky? I hadn't used it before, but the glitter in this one was just as sparse as I hoped it would be. It's simple silver hexagon glitter in a transparent base, but  doesn't it look like stars on the blue?


I continued with a new attempt on the one stroke technique to paint the flowers. It worked okay, but this attempt made me realise that maybe my low quality acrylic paint is one reason for the gradient not being completely blended. I think I'm going to order a nice set of higher quality acrylic paints some time soon. I painted a couple of different flowers to practice different brush movements.


On ringfinger and pointer, I used two sizes of rhinestones to create curved lines. The silver rhinestones are 1mm, the aqua ones 1,5mm in diameter. I didn't topcoat them, because those rhinestones tend to get dull when I do. They stayed on longer than I thought they would. In the center of some flowers, I added a couple of matching bullion beads. Those were topcoated and actually didn't blead this time.


What do you think? Do you have any brand you can recommend me for my new acrylic paints?

And to finish this post, here are two pictures of H&M Blue all on its own!



Kommentare:

  1. Wow, tolle Mani! Mit der One Stroke Technik habe ich mich heute auch ein bisschen befasst. Ich brauche dringend solche Pinsel ;-)
    Stammt der blaue H&M Lack aus diesem 6er Set? Das hatte ich auch schon ein paar Mal in der Hand und es sind ja auch ein paar schöne Farben dabei. Kannst du es empfehlen?

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    1. Ich hab meine Pinsel mal irgendwo im Ausverkauf mitgenommen. Ich bin mir immer noch unsicher, welche Größe man am Besten nehmen sollte...
      Der Lack ist aus einem 5er Set. 4x Farbe+Mattlack. Ich habe bislang nur 3 der 4 ausprobiert, aber die fand ich alle toll :)

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  2. Wow! Do you do any painting on canvas/paper as well? Those flowers are amazing <3

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    1. Thank you :) I used to draw a lot, but haven't done so in quite some time...

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  3. Oh wow, das sieht wirklich wunder-wunderschön aus!! Fantastisch! Die One Stroke Blüten sind dir wirklich extrem gut gelungen -- und mich würde deine Erfahrung mit besserer Acrylfarbe seeeeehr interessieren! Sehr sehr sehr... das ist nämlich auch schon immer wieder mal meine Überlegung gewesen. "Liegts an der (mangelnden) Übung oder an dem Equipment?"

    Ich werde mir dieses Design bookmarken und versuchen, nachzumachen, wenn ich irgendwann mal genug Zeit habe. Das habe ich auch schon von einigen anderen deiner wunderschönen Sachen vor, aber... vote for 48h days! *sigh*

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    1. Also wenn ich dann mal andere Acrylfarben ausprobiert habe, werde ich es dich wissen lassen. Ich denke einfach, dass meine Acrylfarben nicht pigmentiert genug sind. Mal schaun :D

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  4. OMG this is amazing! I must learn how to paint with acrylic colors, I have them at home but I just can't get along with them!!

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    1. It's easier to paint with acrylic paint than with polish! Maybe you don't have the right colors either. Because it should be really easy to paint with them.

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  5. I think it looks really pretty.

    Your paint simply might be to thick. If it comes out like toothpaste or maybe a little less thick - I'd say it needs thinning - BUT then it needs to be well pigmented, otherwise it will be sheer.
    The ideal acrylic paint is well pigmented and thin like thin ketchup - it's elastic when dry and well pigmented.
    Try to put a little amount on a plastic lid and let it dry out - does it crackle or does it stay together...
    I don't know about the brands you have available - could you mention some names...?

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    1. Thank you!

      My paints are not exactly watery, but I usually thin them a little, because it's hard to draw fine lines otherwise. But as you said, I think pigmentation could be better. That's why I thought to get a set of paints that have been used for nail art+one stroke.
      I'm using a palette when I'm using acrylic paints, because it's easier to clean. Whenever I let some paint dry completely on it, it does stay together and is kind of bendable.
      Hm, since I'm from your neighbouring country, I don't think the brands here are much different from yours. I remember seeing Reeves, Schmincke and Goya...

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  6. Wow das sieht mal wieder total schön aus *.*

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  7. Das Nageldesign ist wieder wunderschön geworden. Ich liebe es :D

    Mein Blog ♥

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