This week's theme: the weather! And boy is that a great topic for a mani! With Polar Vortexes and snow storms, rain and just craziness that has become our weather patterns lately.
I'm going to try to do a tutorial for this mani instead of just talk about it and show what I ended up with. To start with, Here are all the different polishes I used. I used all Polish Yer Hooves colors. I have been very busy lately with making new polish colors to put out for Spring. I don't even have names for them all yet! But here are a few that I used.
From left to right, the colors are as follows: a holo nail pen I made with a sample bottle I was given, Angus Friday, Sassy, Violet, Stormy, Vortex and Angel Cow. I have tried over and over to use foundation sponges for gradient manis and I have had no success. All I get is a very pale coloring. I decided to try a plain old kitchen sponge. I picked up a 2 pack at the dollar store. So that is what I was finally able to achieve a gradient with. Plus, it gave me a bit of a texture that I thought added to the look of clouds.
The scrubbie side is good to help clean up around your nails, too. Double bonus!
The first thing I did was make a pretty blob of polish with my colors. There was no special way that I put them down, I did put the 3 purples side by side then drop a drop of Angus in the middle, along with the holo. I added just the minimal tough of Sassy. I didn't want too much of the green/blue but I have seen these colors in storm clouds before so I thought, why not?
Next, I took my Exacto knife and swirled the colors a bit. A pin or anything with a sharp edge would have worked as well. I used what I had handy.
Then dab the sponge into the colorful blob! I am so sorry for the blurry picture! When I took it, it looked clear so I didn't bother with a second picture. I usually take a second and a third one just in case. I have no idea why I didn't. Getting to cocky with my new phone I guess! Of course, not taking into consideration my lovely tremory hands. (Is tremory a word? It is now! ;))
I wish I had just 1 more hand so that I could have taken a picture of applying the sponge to the nail. Alas, I was born anatomically (kinda) normal. So no sponging picture.
And, Voίla! Stormy Weather!
OK, this was my first tutorial. How did I do? I hope my blogging skills are getting better. I have so many ideas of what I'd like to write on. Any areas anyone would like to hear about from me? Things to come are next week's theme of SPARKLES!!!; my review of the Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor; and new polish colors!
Until next time!