November 15, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen does Black & White: Freehand Zebra + Layered Dotz Mish-Mash Nail Art

Today I've got some funky freehand zebra nail art with...layered dots? I know, it's a little more *ahem* bold than what I would usually do; this isn't really my typical style at all. But with all black and white any pattern gets a sophisticated edge that I appreciate! And the real inspiration behind this funky mish-mash of patterns is one of my favorite graffiti pieces near to my new abode in Miami* - this zebra with a zipper up the back surrounding by dots that says "Welcome to Wynwood!" ((see the inspo here))

Manicurity | Freehand Zebra + Layered Dotz Mish-Mash Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Zebra + Layered Dotz Mish-Mash Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Zebra + Layered Dotz Mish-Mash Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Zebra + Layered Dotz Mish-Mash Nail Art
[before topcoat, look at all that texture!]

The base is 3 coats of Orly Au Champagne, my favorite non-creme white polish! It's shimmery and beautiful and easy to paint with, it also dries to an interesting satin finish without top coat. I love it so much I even snagged a back-up bottle of it when all the holiday stuff was on clearance at Sally Beauty the year it came out :D Then I did freehand zebra stripes, which were confusingly hard for me? I think because I have tried so hard to NOT make my lines all blobby and shaky, it's hard for me to make graceful blobby zebra lines. These are the first zebra print I've done that resemble zebra enough to make it to the blog (not bad for my second time evar)!

Layered dots are fun! They do take a little time and patience, but these were made easier by using Cult Nails Tempest and Nevermore - they're so opaque I didn't have to re-dot the white over and over! Sadly this is the end of black and white week, and I'm really pleased I got to do a lot of bold graphic patterns - even if they were all dots or stripes or a combo of both [mwhahah]. Don't forget to check out the other black and white nails for today below!


*YES! I totally moved from ATL -> MIA, which I have been soo busy trying to keep the blog running as 'usual' with all the pre-moving, mid-moving, and post-moving activities that I haven't had time to write a big post about the fact that I've moved, whoops!! I'll probably pop it into my October Favorites, which is sadly late as well >.<

9 comments:

  1. Very cool! Love that you shared the inspiration behind it!! =)

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  2. That inspiration is awesome, and this is yet another mind-bending mani from you! I think your zebra print is a-okay!

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  3. so cool! it looks like a zebra tree!

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  4. I really like the combination of patterns - and I like that you varied your whites between the two!

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  5. OMG THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! That inspiration is really cool too. I just love this. Also, I hope you enjoy your new home! My hubby is from Key Largo so we are in the MIA area often when we visit home. Maybe we can meet up sometime when I'm in town! :)

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  6. Ok, these are just amazing! I love them! Fabulous job!

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  7. These are so beautiful. Love the depth it has.

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  8. really really REALLY love this one xx

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  9. Nice. Good to see a different zebra print nails :)

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