September 3, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does it Again: Halloween! starring a Candy Corn Inspired Striped Gradient (a la MrCandiipants)

Continuing the September Spectacular celebration of the Digit-al Dozen's one year anniversary, we are doing two weeks of 12 different themes (i.e. doing one new nail art inspired by each of the 12 themes we already did vs. 5 days of one theme) sooooo TODAY IS HALLOWEEN!! I wanted to do a fun spin on the candy corn mani (it's hard to top Missy's, which reins supreme as my fave candy corn/Halloweeny mani evar, but I can still try). Another day, another new technique/style I haven't tried yet and this time I'm tackling the 'stripe gradient' that I first spotted on tumblr from the uber talented MrCandiipants ((see her original here; we do have a similar color scheme for this but mine is for the candy corn reasons because Halloween, not because horrible copy-cat, I pinky promise)). Look at this thing I did!






I LOVE THIS. It took me a rather long time to get 'er done because A) I decided to make it hard on myself by mixing most of the colors instead of having enough//finding enough polishes to make all the steps in between (also yellow is totally the easiest polish to paint with, so that really helped ;)) and B) I watched a lot of TV in-between painting the stripes over and over, so it took longer than it needed to. I also very stupidly forgot to fast dry top coat my white base color before starting in on the stripes, so I really did have to wait a long time for it to dry. There's an ~official~ MrCandiipants tutorial for this here; if you've ever taken an art class, you probably would have done a tint and shades exercise like this. The whole idea is that you make all the steps totally equal in tone to get a nice smooth transition. Usually you start with your lightest and darkest color and mix the very middle shade, then work your way from the middle to either end again (and dividing it further with another 'middle' shade between the middle and lightest, and middle and darkest depending on how many stripes you want on your nail OR the number of boxes your teacher told you to paint in color theory class :p)

Anyhoo! I love this! It was well worth the time and effort and I definitely will be trying this idea again. Another thing I really adore about this is that by adding all of the extra stripes it isn't SO candy corn; it's not pigeon-holed as being just Halloween-y and works perfectly for this transition from summer to fall (or any time at all that you want to wear some cheerful colors). You can do this with striping tape (Missy, again, did an awesome job of that here) but I don't mind the 'painterly' look that comes with freehanding it - it's pretty cute in person (but very wonky in photos :/)

Now don't forget to check out the giveaway + the other Halloween nails below!
((click to go to the giveaway post))


61 comments:

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    1. AHHHHH! THANK YOU SO MUCH ♥ ♥ I'm really happy with how it turned out :D

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  2. Do you use stencils or something, Emma? This looks absolutely incredible. My lines would be all shaky and smudged if I tried to do this- LOL. You are truly an artist!

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    1. Haha, thanks so much Casey! The trick is to hold the brush still and roll your nail so that the lines stay fairly straight :D

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  3. Such a fun Summery look - I love these bold stripes! <3

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    1. Thanks!! Me too, I am such a fan of stripes :)

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  4. This is awesome! I want a candy corn now :D

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    1. Thanks! And ME TOO! I've been craving candy corn all while painting these nails :p

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  5. Candy corn time, I can't wait for Halloween! Love this perfect and neat look!

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  6. OMG, I wouldn't have the patience or steady hands required to recreate this piece of art!

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    1. Aw, thanks Blair! The easiest way to do stripes is to hold the brush still and roll your finger slowly. I procrastinated by watching a lot of TV, so that helped a lot :3

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  7. Looks time-consuming indeed, but it´s worth the time with such result. A pat on your back for your patience :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I feel the same way :) It took a long time, but I'm very proud of it ♥

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  8. LOVE this! Love YOU! Im starting to like stripey gradients more than regular ones!

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    1. Ahhhhh thanks ♥!! I think I like the stripey ones more, too! Stripes are my fave, so it just makes sense

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  9. Beautiful! Very abstract because not only do I see candy corn but a sunset as well! Love it!

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    1. Oooh, yes! I like it a lot because it is abstract, and the colors are really pretty. Thank you thank you

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  10. So pretty! It's Halloween related but abstract enough to wear whenever!

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    1. *dances around* TOTALLY! That's exactly what I was hoping for :D Thanks Jessica

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  11. Fantastic! I can't wait for Halloween to do a candy corn mani I have in mind...but with stamping plates; I'd never be able to pull this off!

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    1. Thank you!! Your stamping mani sounds fun; share it with me when you do it because I'm very intrigued :)

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  12. this is so awsome .... i will certainly try this <3

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    1. Thanks so much Shumaila! Let me know if you do :)

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  13. AWESOME!! Favorite Candy Corn mani so far!

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  14. Love your nails! Great for Halloween!

    Chelsey via www.stylebychelsey.com

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  15. Awesoome.. You are soo creative.. I wish I had that much patience!

    xx Chaicy - Style..A Pastiche!

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  16. This is amazing! It really makes me crave candy corn :D
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Ileana! Definitely makes me crave candy corn, too :)

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  17. superb superb superb! This reminds me of Inglot rainbow eyeshadows :P....you are not using any stencil, still you have those so perfect! hats off to you girl :)

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    1. Ha, thank you so much!! I LOVE those Inglot rainbow eyeshadows, they are so pretty! ♥

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    1. Thank you Heather! It was so fun trying a new technique :)

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  19. Awesome nails! They look great! They're perfect for Halloween!

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  20. totally love it!
    I wish I could create look like this
    awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much Agata! It's not super hard to do, just takes a lot of time. You should try it!!

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  21. My daughter has requested this! I told her I'd ask you. LOL.

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    1. Ha! Cute!! Go for it, just maybe use all polishes instead of mixing them each time :p

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  22. This is one of the most awesomest designs I have ever seen! :)

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  23. Awesome candy corn nails! Love. Love. Love. By far one of my fave interpretations!

    @yourgotogal
    www.yourgotogal.co

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  24. This is mindblowing gorgeous. You have to publish a tutorial. Please please, pretty please? The colours are so bright and cheery and I think it was definitely worth your time.! <3

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  25. Lol @ how it took you a long time "because I watched a lot of TV." Totally happens to me too. Btw this is a genius link up -- many link ups these days are kinda spammy, but this is super creative and everyone's submissions are osom!!

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  26. You're nails look amazing!!! You always do such a great job!

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  27. Whoaaaa I LOVE that! It looks amazing and so so so chic for Halloween!
    #GIGBLOGGERS

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  28. this iss soo perfect and looks easy enough for me to do on myself :D

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  29. Holy epic Candy Corn mani!!!! Emma you amaze me so often with your nail art and this is no exception!!

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  30. Cute! makes me hungry!!!! I would have attempted to participate in this too if I knew about it!

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