January 23, 2014

It's All Greek to Me! Double-Stamped Nails

Today's nail art prompt is 'inspired by a book'. I've recently been reading the Percy Jackson series, which is both entertaining and incredibly easy to read because it's for a much younger audience. Instead of doing something literal from the different stories, I've done a more abstract Greek-inspired double-stamped manicure! Check 'em! 

Manicurity.com | It's All Greek to Me! Double-Stamped Nails inspired by the Percy Jackson book series

 Manicurity.com | It's All Greek to Me! Double-Stamped Nails inspired by the Percy Jackson book series

Manicurity.com | It's All Greek to Me! Double-Stamped Nails inspired by the Percy Jackson book series

Not to spoil too much about the book series, but generally speaking it involves a lot of Greek mythology and cool monsters, too! And adventure, of course. So I based my nails on the idea of Greek design elements like the classic key pattern and the colors from the flag. First I sponged a gradient base - with dark blue on the edges (cuticle and free edge) faded to white in the middle. Then I used a geometric image that reminded me of classic Greek key patterns (Mash plate m63). Because the image wasn't quite big enough I had to place it horizontally on the nail twice. Luckily the white middle portion of the gradient made it a little easier to hide my stamping seam (i.e. where I overlapped the two images, mostly accidentally). Then I was like "Oh, this should have a lot more stuff all over it!" so I did mini French tips with Barry M gold foil and finally I did a french tip design from Bundle Monster BM-219, also with gold foil. 

Manicurity.com | It's All Greek to Me! Double-Stamped Nails inspired by the Percy Jackson book series

So...this isn't my #1 favorite nail art look. It's a little different from what I normally do and I just don't love the outcome. I don't hate it and I don't love it, it just is. I think it's mostly because of the weird gradient, I don't really like it transitioning from dark to light to dark again; I prefer smoother gradients from one color through to another. But! I wanted to share these nails with y'all because I thought it would be great to show variety here on the blog (I can't probably do freehand floral nails every single time) and because I wanted to show you that I am a human and I still do things that are messy and weird :D

Now check out Kirsten's 'inspired by a book' mani over at Geeky Owl!

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Disclosure: Nothing to disclose! All of the polishes + supplies I used for this post were items I bought with my own dolla dolla bills. Curious about my policies? Read my disclosure page.

7 comments:

  1. These look fantastic- but I know what you mean about feeling meh about a design. I am currently sporting one that I simply refuse to document on my blog- lol! I will be sitting down tonight for a redo!

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  2. Geez Emma, I wish I had at least some of your talent! You are brilliant! Fabulous job. I love these (can you tell?)

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  3. This design is simply gorgeous ♥
    Makes me think again of taking up stamping... up to now I'm only painting freehand.

    Greetings from Berlin :-)
    Moni

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  4. This mani, fund on google, is how I discovered your blog! I LOVE the Percy Jackson series, and I love nails, so this is just so awesome! You gained a follower!

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