Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fun with Neon Stripes and Dots!

Oh man, where to start!
It's been a a little over a month since my last post here. So sorry about that! In the last month I have had a friend come visit for 10 days, went to Munich, Vienna, and Salzburg, caught up on the language school that I missed while we were traveling, spent 2 weeks in the U.S. doing Maid of Honor stuff for a friend's wedding and packing in as much friends, family, and fun as we could, recovering from stupid jet lag, and finally jumping back in and catching up on language school again!

That's a lot to cram into a month!

Anyway,  during that time, I still painted my nails of course and managed to take pictures. Part of why I haven't posted lately is because it is a PITA (pain in the ***) to watermark photos.
So from now on, I'm most likely not going to bother with them. Please don't try to pass off my photos as your own (although apparently some people in the blog world are doing just that) and if you repost the pictures or pin them, please include a link back to me. Art is to be shared and enjoyed. I'm not making a living out of this, so I really don't see the need in "claiming" my specific pictures. (And I'm just too lazy. lol)

So on with the pictures! Even though I have some pictures from a month ago, I'm going to begin posts again with my current nails. The inspiration behind this design came from several places...
The Adventures in Stamping group challenge was a gradient and/or multiple images.

Pictures that were posted like this one from  made me really want to do a gradient.

There was also a photo on my pinterest board for nail art of someone who did 4 horizontal stripes on each nail in a sort of gradient. I'd show you, but pinterest is acting up right now. I tried that the other night, but didn't have enough time to really do it justice, so I removed the whole stupid mess.
I ended up mixing the sort of gradient idea and put them into stripes. I originally wanted to stamp over the stripes, but as I was laying the tape for the stripes, I was inspired to try something else.

On one hand, I used black for the accents because the brights all seemed a little too matchy matchy.

On the other hand, I used the neon pink for accent dots and did an accent stripe on the thick pink line on the middle finger and thumb with the tangerine-ish yellow-orange.

Of course after spending so much time taping off sections, I had to go and smudge a finger on each hand. It's hardly noticeable, and in these pictures I can't really tell (so hopefully neither can you). :)
Lately I've been doing a lot of solid color manis and while that's great for lots of people, I just wasn't happy with them no matter what color it was. So a few days ago I vowed to myself that I won't bother doing my nails unless I have the time, motivation, and inspiration to create something I will be really happy with.
I hope you're happy to see a new post! I know I am! :)
How have you been?? And for those of you in the U.S. hogging all the 90 degree weather, please send some of it my way. It's been a high of 50(!) since Saturday. I am sooo cold right now! lol.


  1. Oh my freaking wow! I LOVE the first one!! *files away to do later*

    1. Thanks so much Emma! Be sure to show us a picture when you try this! :) I love seeing other people's nail art! :)

  2. It's pretty cold where I am too Jewli!! I love these. I actually like the pink better than the black but both are lovely!

    1. haha, you would. ;) The pink was my favorite color in the whole design, so I kind of wish I would have used it as the dominant color. Oh well, live and learn. :)