Hello Lovely Ladies,
Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend. Any of you into football? Did you watch the Superbowl? I don’t watch football but did tune in to the half-time show. In other news, Wiarton Willie (the Canadian weather-predicting groundhood) did not see his shadow during an early morning prediction ceremony at Bluewater Park this past Saturday, which means he foresees an early spring- and I’m ok with that 😉
Today’s post is actually a TWIN-POST with Nusa from Moonchild. Nusa is a young and VERY talented blogerette whom I have had the pleasure of chatting with thanks to our mutual passion for nail polish. A while back we talked about free-handing animal print (rather than relying on stamping), and we realized that neither of us had tried this technique… soooo, we decided to take a stab at it together 😀
Here is my freehand cheetah print skittlette:
I strongly encourage you to check out Nusa’s take on this technique HERE!
I don’t know why I was so petrified of trying the freehand cheetah print. When you think of it, the ‘spots’ don’t have to be perfect so there really is no right/wrong way for this technique and yet I was so nervous. It helped calm my jitters to have a friend, Nusa, try this technique with me- it really did take the edge off.
I have a number of stamping plates that can create the cheetah/leopard print look BUT I find that the placement of ‘spots’ on the plates is quite dense/tight/close together. When you freehand the spots, YOU get to pick their size and location.
To create this look I simply used black nail polish and a dotting tool to create the outlines I placed a few random spots and then filled in the ‘voids’ with some dots (also using the dotting tool).
Pinky: Cult Nails Nevermore with white dots using Cult Nails Tempest.
Ring finger: three coats of OPI Goldeneye
The rest of the nails are painted using Sally Hansen Green Tea. (the cheetah spots are filled in with Goldeneye as well).
Overall, I KNOW I will try this technique again, and with Valentines day around the corner I have seen a few people create heart-shaped ‘spots’ that I really like.
Please take a moment to check out Nusa’s freehand cheetah-print manicure HERE.
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Have you tried the freehand animal print look? (relevant links are welcome)
What do YOU like better: the stamped animal print look or the freehand look?
THANK YOU FOR READING!