August 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen x #TBT: Grassy 'Waterfall' Nail Art

Hello hello! Today I've got a fun combo of The Digital Dozen's 'summer' theme + a #ThrowbackThursday re-do manicure! Last summer I did a guest post for Dizzy Little Digits that featured a grassy half moon with a rainbow french tip (and a fuzzy sheep!) - see that post here. So I re-did my grassy half moon idea with a pretty cloudy sky background using different polish finishes. Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

About the Design

I think there's just something about summer and being outdoors! Even though the weather is so much hotter, everyone is out of school and there are so many fun things that happen outside. Movies in parks, playing sports, running through the sprinkler, catching fireflies at dusk - it all remind me of lush, green grass. I wanted to do a fun, vibrant lawn-inspired manicure for this month's theme :D

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Polishes 

First I did one coat of China Glaze Bahamian Escape on all of my nails; it's probably my favorite sky blue polish in my collection! Then I used the corner of a makeup sponge with some thinned white polish to do some abstract, fluffily clouds. To add some depth I used a light grey to make the clouds look a little more realistic.

Then the grass! I used five different green China Glaze polishes - [name them here]. I used my various tapered liner brushes to do strokes and followed The Nailasaurus' Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial.

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Which do I prefer?

Do I like the original or the new and improved version of this nail art idea better?! I definitely prefer the addition of the clouds on the newer one, and the fact that the grassy pieces done in the waterfall style have more contrast with the different polish finishes (shimmery neons! cremes! crellies!). I think the biggest change in my nail art since last year is my inclusion of polishes with different finishes - for my guest post I exclusively used cremes, but I think the inclusion of shimmer now and then really kicks things up a notch. I think the newer version looks more 'nail art-y' if that makes any sense, but that's not necessarily better or worse than the original. The original grass looks much more realistic!

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13 comments:

  1. These are lovely! It really feels like I'm outside.

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  2. This makes me so happy. Wow. Thank you =) So amazing

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  3. This is such a cool idea! I love the clouds :)

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  4. this is a whole other level, damn you! beautiful Em x

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  5. wow!! it looks amazing! I love the clouds, I really love the nails ♥♥♥

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  6. Wow! What a great idea and use of a waterfall mani! I love this!

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  7. These, wow, these are just perfection! Totally realistic! Love them!

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  8. WoW! You are blowing my mind with this one! The shadowing on the clouds is perfect!!

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  9. This is so awesome. I just love it so much!

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