It's been a long time since I picked up a brush to paint...2003, I believe...when I redecorated my sewing/craft studio. That said, most of my painting supplies were for painting on furniture and other large surfaces. Since I had the day off on Sunday due to the snow, I trekked over to Michael's for some paint and brushes.
Geez Louise- things have gone up in price! Instead of leaving with the Liquitex set I planned on getting ($90), I got a Reeves Intro Set for a sweet $11.99, a bunch of brushes and a new clean-up brush.
Anyway, I didn't have as much time to spend on my nails as I thought I would. My dh did not get called into work like he said, so I had to juggle time spent between the 2. My flower garden mani didn't turn out too bad- definitely much nicer to look at than the view of 15+ inches of snow out my window. Considering the time I had and the fact that I've never freehanded on anything this small before, I'm happy with my first attempt.
The following pics taken at night under incandescent light, and not very color accurate. Click to make bigger...
The following pictures taken this morning under natural light and are more color accurate;
My dh picked the base color for this mani, China Glaze Rio. I used 1 coat of Rio over (my underwear), 2 coats of Avon Ballerina. I'm pretty much mortified at the condition of my hands in all my pics, especially this next one- don't click on it!
Black tips done using guides and 1 coat QingYu black;
Fauxnad plate T27, stamped with QingYu black. The purpose of stamping something here is to create depth...any image would do. I used the bubble image because I love it and needed to practice this problematic (for me) image.
Reeves Intro Set...18 tubes of color for $11.99!
Nfu-Oh #50 layered over black tips. Yellow rhinestones and iridescent hex glitter (AB crystal and black) also used.
2 coats of Seche...should and will get another before I leave for work.
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