When Nail Art Attacks

Hello gentle readers.

Sometimes, a great idea floating around in my head just doesn't translate to my nails. Well... Actually, it is a little more often than sometimes and you would think that as often as I have lamented this fact in this blog, I would know better than to go right to my nails with my crazy ideas and practice on a nail wheel first.

But, no.

I knew better. I really did. I was trying to think of something to do that would be quick, fun and easy and pretty to gussy up my China Glaze Cherry Pie mani. I decided to do dots. I'm pretty good at dots. I was in the mood for flowers. I can kinda do flowers. Kinda... Sorta... After a fashion. A little whisper ran through my brain, "Practice on a nail wheel." I ignored the whisper. I grabbed China Glaze Snow (to pop the other colours against the red background), Grape Juice, Strawberry Fields, Running in Circles, Lemon Fizz and Lighthouse. I wanted everything to be shimmery and glass fleck-y and fun.

So, as I said, I was already wearing China Glaze Cherry Pie, you can see it here, so I first dotted on flowers with the white, then went over them with Strawberry Fields and Grape Juice to make purple and pink flowers. All of the dots needed two coats, as the polishes were a bit sheer to stand on their own with one coat. No worries, I don't mind. I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz for the flower centers then popped some Lighthouse over to make sparkly yellow centers then finished with a tiny brush and Running in Circles to paint on sparkly green little leaves.





Not a total fail, not a resounding success. The colours didn't have enough contrast to really pop at any distance and the flowers themselves were pretty messy.  I wore this for a couple of days before it drove me sufficiently crazy and it had to come off.

Oh! Anyone craving China Glaze Cherry Pie; it is beautiful, fab formula but it stains like crazy. When I removed this, my nails were light red and it took two weeks and my usual regular use of remover and acetone to fade the stains. So, just beware.

So, have you had any nail art fails, lately? If you blog, do you show off your fails, as well as your successes? I believe in letting it all hang out, you will see the good, the bad and the ugly, here.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific day and may polish never bubble.

18 comments

  1. I think this is so cute, you did great!

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  2. Aw, thank you. :)

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  3. It didn't turn out that bad! I still really like it. When I do nail art on the whim, I usually still post about it. Practice makes perfect and I like to see how I'm improving as I practice more and my blog is a great way to keep track of my improvement :)

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  4. yeahhh.. I like this flowery nail art.. there you can draw designs on your own so easily...

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  5. As you said, it's not a resounding success, but it's cute. And yes, I post pics of my failures all the time! :)

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  6. Thank you. :) I like seeing the nail art that doesn't always go well, too. I learn something from it. :)

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  7. Aw, thanks. :) Unfortunately, I seem to be pretty stuck! I am at the same level I was, a while back! LOL

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  10. I like it! I may try something similar on my nails! Thanks for the idea.

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  11. You are so welcome. Your design will be beautiful. :D

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  12. Thank you. :D

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  13. Erica, I think this is adorable, so bright and summery! Don't be so hard on yourself, hun----your 'fails' or rather, disappointments (to you) are the cutest, most personalized manis. They show what's in your heart, so don't think they're less than perfect in any way! And please keep showing them. +)

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  14. Thank you for your very kind words. It is very easy to get caught up in self critical thinking and forget that imperfections are a part of that hand made quality. Thank you for reminding me to take a step back. <3

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  15. You are most welcome, my dear!

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  16. Dude these are WAY better flowers than I have ever accomplished! Nail wheels are for sissies! It's way better to just go with the idea. Fails sometimes happens and only the awesome show them for others to see that it does happen to the best of us!!!! Love your new header-very cool

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  17. Nail wheels may be for sissies but they are also for people like me who have zero innate artistic talent! LOL I feel it is only fair to show the good, the bad and the ugly, show my courtiers that I am, indeed, human. Like them. ;) Thanks for the like on the header. My blog in in a blah design phase... I lack inspiration right now and somehow, it all turned grey. I decided to play around with the crayon tool in paint and knock together a quick header and add a little colour until I can put together a more cohesive overall look. :)

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