On a lighter note, I'm really excited to post these nails for you. I saw this pattern on a mug while shopping awhile back, and I finally mustered up the courage to try it out. The painterly style was pretty overwhelming and I was quite sure that this wasn't going to work out, but I went ahead and tried it anyway. In the end I'm really glad that I did them and I'm super happy with the results.
This style was actually a lot easier to paint than I expected, and didn't take a particularly long time either. The way I did it was by working from lightest to darkest, adding more shades as necessary. The trick was to use minimal amount of polish on my striping brush, using residual polish to create semi-opaque, feathery brush strokes.
I started with a base of OPI Green-wich Village. Then I went in with a striping brush and American Apparel T-Shirt to paint all of the outlines and shapes. I shaded with American Apparel Echo Park, followed by American Apparel Hassid.
And here's a close up shot to show the detail. I'm so pleased with how these turned out! :)