Tuesday, 29 May 2012

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 29

Ok, so if the last post was long, this one is CRAZY long! So now it's Day 29 - Inspired by the Supernatural!

Now it was back to my childhood with these nails and I loved every minute down memory lane! As it's nowhere near Halloween I tried to make the nails as anti-Halloweeny as possible while sticking with the theme so here are Scooby-Doo nails!

I decided to alternate Scooby gang and villain on my nails to make it more interesting! Some of these were pretty darn tricky (so be prepared for some time-consuming work!) but on the whole I hope they came out alright! 

Left hand:

Thumb: Scooby-Doo logo
1) Paint on a pale blue background
2) Using a bright yellow, paint on an 'S' and a 'D'
3) Use a black nail art pen to do an outline!

Index Finger: Fred
1) Using a black nail art pen, draw the outline of Freddie's head - I started with an oval shape then drew the hair outline
2) So once that's done, fill in the hair with a nice pale yellow
3) If you fancy/have enough room, add some collar detail in pail blue
4) Finally add facial deets: eyes, eyebrows, nose and a mouth! Here I tried to add teeth but they didn't come out too well!

Middle Finger: The Ghost Clown
1) Start off with a white oval base for the clown's face paint - once dry, follow this with the black details: hat, triangle-shaped eyes and the outline of the mouth
2) Move on to filling in some detail now - the nose (which I forgot to do an early outline of) and mouth with a pinky colour
3) Using a bright yellow, fill in an area of the eyes making sure to leave a black outline
4) Add the bright red hair under the cap

Ring Finger: Daphne
1) Similarly to Fred, use a black nail art pen to do the facial outline - an oval shape again and then her voluminous hair! For Daphne though remember to do an outline of her signature purple headband!
2) Fill in the hair with an orange
3) Paint on the headband
4) Add facial detail - eyes (the flicks here are supposed to be eyelashes), nose, and girly lips (I tried to fill in some detail for lipstick but it sort of smudged making her seem very moody!)

Pinky: Charlie the Funland Robot
1) Add the head outline - a sort of helmet and chin strap
2) Add black filled-in circles for the eyes
3) Fill in the detail of the robot helmet thingy
4) Use a yellow pen to give the eyes that eerie glow!

Right hand:

Thumb: Scooby-Doo 
1) Again, you need a black outline for Scooby's head. Miraculously, I did this on my first try! Start with a thick-ish neck shape, add two small ears and finish with his muzzle, filling in his nose 
2) Using a brown, fill in Scooby's head!
3) Using a pink paint the inside of the ear, and using the black, add a few dots by his nose
4) Finish off with his eyes: paint on small white ovals. Once dry paint on the black pupils. Finish off with some eyebrows!

Index Finger: The Creeper
1) Paint on a pale green base for the face - but in a short of skull shape as his head isn't oval. Also add the reddy-brown hair
2) Using a black, add the outlines of the hair, and face. Add a couple of black lines for cheek detail. Also, using a pale yellow, add two small ovals for the Creeper's eyes
3) Back to black with this step: add the pupils to the eyes, the eyebrows and a small round filled-in circle for the mouth
4) Finish off with some detail for his bizarrely square shoulders in dark green!

Middle Finger: Shaggy
Only three easy steps this time!
1) Firstly paint on the outline for the head and hair (I didn't really space Shaggy out enough here so his face is a little squished and doesn't have room for his funny little goatee stubble)
2) Add a gold or dark yellow for his hair
3) Using a black add his eyes, nose, eyebrows and mouth

Ring Finger: The Ghost of Captain Cutler
1) Using a pale yellow, paint on a round head with a small bit jutting out at the top
2) Using a silver or grey paint, add the detail around the of his old school diving suit. Also, using a light blue, paint on the little window of the suit
3) Finish of with a silver or grey outline around the window, and then some seaweed hanging off his head

Pinky: Velma
Aka 'The Fly' 
1) Now this one is easily the worst with the pinky nail being too tiny to paint a proper face on! Start again with an outline in black - Velma's is pretty similar to Shaggy's
2) Fill in her dark red hair
3) Add the details of her mouth and glasses
4) As all the black details were running together I painted the glass in Velma's frames a light blue then added black pupils - making her look like a little fly

As you can see, I had a little trouble with facial detail - especially on Velma! Definitely something to work on in the future!




Saturday, 19 May 2012

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 28

So Day 28 is Inspired by a Flag. Rather than be repetitive I decided to do 10 different flags of the top 10 countries I'd like to visit!

All these nails are easy as pie really, just simple backgrounds and a steady hand for some detail!

Left Hand:

Thumb: Guyana
1) Dark green background
2) Paint on a yellow isosceles (haven't said that since GCSE!) triangle
3) Paint a smaller red triangle at the base of your nail inside the yellow
4) Add a white outline to the yellow triangle, and a black one to the red triangle... and done! Nice, bright and easy!

Index Finger: China
1) Paint on a red background
2) Using a yellow, paint a large star at the bottom left of your nail, then four smaller stars around it - I only painted dots for the smaller stars as the brush was a little too big!

Middle Finger: Egypt
1) Paint on a white background
2) Paint a black strip at the bottom of the flag
3) Now paint a red one at the top
4) Now the Eagle (of Saladin) was very tricky! On my nail it just sort of looks like a golden blob, but you get the gist!

Ring Finger: New Zealand
1) Use a blue for the flag background
2) Paint on some red stars to the right of the flag (again mine just look like blobs I'm afraid!)
3) Paint a mini Union Jack flag in the top left-hand side of the flag: paint a small red cross first, then use a white for the diagonal stripes on the flag

Pinky: Italy
1) Paint on a white background
2) Paint a green stripe at the bottom of your nail
3) Finally paint on a red stripe at the top!

Right Hand: 

Thumb: USA
1) Paint a white background
2) Paint a blue square at the top right-hand corner of your nail
3) Add some small white stars (dots!) on the blue 
4) Finish off with the stripes!

Index Finger: India
1) Paint on your white background (yet again!)
2) Paint on an orange stripe at the top of your flag
3) Paint a parallel green stripe at the bottom
4) Add the Ashok Chakra (24-spoke wheel) in the middle in blue - I tried so very hard to try to make the wheel work but it became a blob again!

Middle Finger: Brazil
1) Paint on your green background
2) Paint on a yellow diamond shape
3) Add a blue filled-in circle in the middle of the diamond
4) Finish off with a white band diagonally over the blue

Ring Finger: Greece
1) Another white background!
2) Paint on a blue small square on the top left of the flag
3) Paint on some blue stripes
4) Finish off with the white cross on the blue square

Pinky: Japan
1) Ok, so last nail and last white base coat!
2) Then add your red dot in the middle! Easiest flag ever!

Apologies for the lengthy post!!



Saturday, 12 May 2012

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 27

Ok, so next is Day 27 - Inspired by an artwork!

Now an absolute fave of mine is Van Gogh's Starry Night, but as I've already featured that on my nails (stay tuned for a post on it!) I wanted to go for something different today!

I chose one of Wassily Kandinsky's Colour Studies from 1927 for this day, mainly for the colour factor - as you all know, we love a good splash of colour at HanDee!

Very, VERY easy to do guys! A more time consuming than some designs, but only because here I decided to do one nail at a time to make sure nothing went wrong. You'll need about 8 different colours for your design here, any you like and then go mad! 

I found starting at the centre the easiest, painting small triangles then work outwards using different colours. Try not to have the same colours touching!

Not bad eh? And very fun to look at!



Monday, 7 May 2012

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 26

Time for  Day 26 - Inspired by a Pattern!

I wasn't too sure what to do for this, but fancied something multi-coloured, as it just brightens everything up don't you think? Here's what I settled on:

Now our version is a little different, mainly because I didn't space the crosses out, but still looks quite groovy we think!

So, all you need to do is...
1) Paint on a background - a neutral one is best
2) Starting at the base of your nail, paint on a few red crosses
3) Carry on painting crosses of the other colours, trying to space them out evenly, and slotting them together like a puzzle really
4) Apply your top coat

Only a few days left of the challenge!!!



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 25

Here's Day 25 - Inspired by Fashion...

Now I don't know all that much about what's 'on trend', so decided to have a look through Vogue pics for anything funky that caught my eye, and here's what I found!

This outfit is from the Vogue Spring/Summer 2012 Trends Collection: 'Decorative Day'. This comes from the brilliant Louis Vuitton! Decided to use this pattern as inspiration for my nails as it's nice and light and pastels seem perfect for the sun!

Here's my interpretation (apologies for how messy it is!)

Pretty simple really guys!

1) Start off with a white base coat
2) Using a pastel green and a sponge, apply a light layer of green over the majority of your nail, leaving the area by the cuticle bare
3) For the small flowers, paint 5 small dots in a circular pattern
4) When dry, add a silver centre to the flowers