Saturday, May 11, 2013

First Love (Inspired by ABOVE)

Hi everyone! Sorry that I haven't posted in a few days. I took a step back and realized that I need to put more focus on other things, so for the future I'm going to aim to post a bit less often, but with higher quality nail art. Keeping up with such avid blogging and other life stresses was making me really anxious, so hopefully slowing things down will let blogging be more enjoyable and less stressful :)

This is a design that I've been itching to paint on my fingertips. These nails are inspired by a piece by the street artist ABOVE. He painted this on Valentine's Day of 2009 and says, "many of you will agree that the "first love" as children was found on the school playground. Innocence of trying to grab a hold of the 1st love." I love this piece very much, and everything about the composition and design was perfect for translating onto my nails.

Getting the scaling right for this design was pretty difficult. Fitting humans onto nails was definitely a challenge and I had to restart because I made the children too big the first time. I'm not 100% happy with the way the boy came out since I still made him a bit too big. 

On the thumb I added ABOVE's trademark arrow design. I'm really pleased with the way the letters came out in terms of size, consistency, and style. I also had an old bottle of heart-shaped glitter that came in super handy as a finishing touch, extending off of the nail.

I used nail polish and a striping brush to paint these by layering and mixing colour. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the base and used American Apparel polishes for the design in: Sunshine State, T-Shirt, Hassid, Mouse, Echo Park, Downtown LA, Poppy, and Palm Springs. The piece of heart glitter is from Nicole by OPI Have A Heart.

Sorry for the excessive amount of photos! I know this isn't my usual style, but this kind of nail art has so much more meaning to me, so I hope you like it as much as I do :)



  1. Brittney, this is absolutely beautiful! I love how much detail you were able to put into the kids!

  2. Krystel Couture11 May 2013 at 17:33

    WOW! This really is amazing more like art in my opinion! I love this so much skill must have gone into creating this piece just amazing, your very talented and I think its best you do blogging when you feel even twice a week is enough and you can have time to focus on creating good posts with work like this :-) cant wait to see more xx

  3. such a great piece Brittney. I want you to do my nails!

  4. Holy cow! These are so awesome. I love the shading on the little girl.

  5. This is very cute!! Great idea and realisation!

  6. Vicky Standage13 May 2013 at 16:38

    This is such a cute idea, I love it!