Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Flip Flop February Challenge Day 19: Wings or Outline

Greetings All!

I really struggled with today's choice. I wanted to do butterfly wings, but I also had a really cool idea for an outline! In the end I decided whichever I picked, the other could be saved for the 'theme you missed' day. I chose butterfly wings. I have done these before, but I did a little Google image searching just to make sure I remembered them correctly! I found THIS picture over at Nail Art Gallery, and I decided I wanted to recreate it. The wings are drawn slightly differently, giving it a more delicate and (I think) more realistic look.

I started off with a gradient of Collection 2000 Dynasty, and W7 Purple.

My gradients are slowly improving!

I then used a coat of Butter London Frilly Knickers, to give it some sparkle (I told you it would be cropping up everywhere!). Now the tricky part. I started with my teeny paintbrush, but the lines were too thick. So I used a striping brush for like the second time ever! AND I used it on my 'wrong' hand (being lefthanded) So please bear that in mind!! I really should have thought this through...

Lol You can tell I'm ashamed because the pictures are smaller! 

I think these definitely would have been less of a hot mess if I could have drawn them with my left hand (I've suffered a terrible break on my right hand, so it's out of action) and I'm really not used to a striping brush! It flicked out a couple of times on the little finger. It did give thinner lines though! I will definitely be practicing more with it

So there you go. Pretty much a fail! I kind of like them though. I did a fairly decent gradient, and it's the first time I've done actual art with a striping brush (the first time was just playing around) and I think they're kind of cute. Rubbish, but kind of cute!

Remember to check out everyone's (no doubt better) manicures!! I hope no one used my outline idea!


  1. No way, I like yours better than mine! And my lines are so thick because I used a paintbrush haha! I'm left handed too, hoorah! Great job yours are beautiful!

  2. Gah! I'm sorry to hear about your hand being broken. That is no fun!
    I wouldn't of even ATTEMPTED these nails with my off hand. ((They only thing I can semi manage with my left hand is dots!)

    I think you did a great job with your nails!

    1. Thank you! It's just a nail broken though not my actual hand. Lol I'm overdramatic!

    2. Oh Good! I'm glad it's only a nail.
      Heh. You know going back and re reading that I completely see it.
      There is no way to be over dramatic about a nail break. It's painful for us polish enthusiast.

  3. glad its not your whole hand broken! is filing down a no no? even so I think you've done a cracking job on your non dominant hand! your gradient is gorgeous and excellent, I love the colour and how smooth it is!

    1. Thank you!
      I'm slowly filing my other nails down to match, but practically the whole white bit broke off so it looks awful at the moment. I don't mind short nails, but there's a limit! I hope in a couple of weeks my right hand will make a comeback!


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