So for my final post in the month, I tried water marbling. I think I showed y’all how my dry marbeling experiment came out. I’ve seen others do water marbling on youtube and elsewhere, and though I heard it was a mess, I tried it.
They who said it was a mess were right. I had to clean up each nail as I went along and fouled up at least two nails in the process. So trying those again made the process even longer. These two pictures here were from my third attempt and I think it came out interesting….
Yes, there is some blue in there. I was actually surprised at how green some of it came out. Navy and orange = green, yes I know. I should’ve expected that from my art classes.
In the final tally, the result I came up with was different for each nail, and it actually brought the term splatterpunk to mind, more than looking like the marble I’ve seen others achieve, despite my best attempts to mimic the technique. I just kept ending up with this film rather than the swirls I mapped out (so to speak). Not what I was hoping for. It looks more like Monet’s work than anything else and interesting in the end. (Though you can see my ringfinger there on the edge it did sorta marble correctly) All in all I probably won’t be doing it again, given the time it takes, but it’s something a little different. Messy, messy, but different.
If you want to see what I was going for this gal does a much better job.
All in all it was an interesting month, and undoubtedly might show up on one of my characters in the future. Not sure I’ll be blogging much more about it though, until next year’s Paint it Blue. I think y’all have seen enough craziness to know, yeah, I’m a bit of a nail dork. *laughs*
This is week three, and my manicure for Monday (Okay, the weekend). This is Wet n Wild Blue Bijoux, with the dots being Sally Hansen’s X-treme Wear in Virtual Violet.
Yes, I tried a little art. It takes a bit of experimenting but all in all, I like how it came out. The right ring finger, that you can’t quite see there? Has a very Super Mario Brothers Mushroom look to it.
However. Gotta say? X-treme Wear? Not. The stuff, when I use it alone, peels like a madman.
I guess you can’t see it that well, but two are peeled there. I actually seem to have a problem with this no matter what the brand. Doesn’t matter what base coat I use or top coat, eventually this happens. Huh. I guess it’s just me. Some brands I won’t buy anymore because I’ve been made aware they have Formaldehylde, toluene DPBs, and other cancer causing agents, and some brands I’ve read test on animals. Wet N Wild was one brand that didn’t. And no, I can’t justify paying the price of some of the really high end ones when I’m not sure they won’t just peel too. I’m trying some different things, hoping that might work. We’ll see what happens. So, *throws up hands* I’m at a loss here.
I’ve been neck deep in final revisions this week and just finished another one for a charity anthology call for subs. But I wanted to get this in here for Tammy at Lacquer and Leather. This was what my hands looked like the end of last week. I was invited/challenged by a gal on the FB group (*waves to Crystal*) to try marbeling and this is how it came out. Not too bad. I wasn’t brave enough for water marbeling yet but with the help of a broken q-tip, this is how it came out.
Nice huh? Gotta tell you though, I think my nose is getting really sensitive. My top coat (Sally Hansen’s Double Duty for you polish fans. ;)) I swear stinks to high heaven. I think I might take to doing them outside more often than not.
Don’t forget, Tammy’s still giving away that autism bracelet. Check it out here.
This is something I’ve been sharing on Twitter this week. But I wanted to share it here too. Y’all know I did the charity anthology Dark Things II: Cat Crimes in 2011 and with losing my favorite pooch this last year and because Veterans are dear to my heart, I wanted to get in on this event too. Alas, time got away from me. But my friend Jackie and some other fine bloggers and authors are participating, so I couldn’t help but point you in their direction. Do go check out their fine posts. I see some that have giveaways too. So do enjoy.
And Ladies, *salutes* Fine job!
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I have had a new story released. *nods* Yep. I’m uber-proud of this one, it’s another one for an charity anthology, this time, for cat sanctuaries. So if you want to take a peek, it’s here:
The Kindle edition of the Cat Crimes is also available, here. Good stories for a good cause.
I just found this and think it’s such a good idea. Please go read this post my friend Patty has up on “How Indie Publishers Can Raise Money For Charities“
Thanks for reading, and great idea, Patty!