Sunday, 13 May 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 28: Inspired by a Flag - The Jolly Roger

I might be slightly disturbed, because when I read "flag" I immediately though of the Jolly Roger, also known as a skull & crossbones. The flag of swashbuckling, murderous pirates is definitely badass, and appeals to my lingering teenage punk-rock sensibilities. Also, anything which can remind one of Johnny Depp is automatically worthwhile.

And this manicure is in honour of my mother who, among countless other things, passed on to me her sick sense of humour and fondness for somewhat morbid things. Love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day, and can't wait to paint tiny pirates (or whatever you want!) on your nails the next time we're in the same town!

You'll be getting two posts today, partly so this post doesn't just turn into a giant picture-fest, but also just so I can give the gorgeous Layla polish on my other nails the attention it deserves. But here are the photos meant to showcase the design:

 As usual for me, I tried out two slightly different approaches to see what I liked best. Above we have the freehanded version of my skull and crossbones accent nail. The other nails are Layla Hologram Effect Flash Black which, as I mentioned, you'll see more of a bit later. On the accent, I used two coats of Orly Le Chateau (my favourite almost-black) as the base, then drew in the shape of the bones with Konad Special White. After that, I went in with some black acrylic paint for the detail, and put the teeth back in with the white at the end.

On the other hand, on the same base, I stamped the skull with plate BM-211, then freehanded the bones - also with Konad Special White - before doing some touch-ups with black acrylic.

I like both, but I love how the freehanded skull turned out. Terrifying!

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