Hi all! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I promised a blog post with these nails on Sunday night. It is now Tuesday, and I am still struggling between breaks to put together this post. Sunday evening was instead spent prepping for lectures because I started my second year of university yesterday. The long hours and commute hit me like a ton of bricks, and left me completely drained. This is unfortunate because I've been dying to share these with you, since I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.
I had the idea of owl nail art in my head for the last few weeks, and I kept wanting to pair it with an unnatural but pretty colour scheme and an intricate tribal print. I was browsing Pinterest and found some great inspiration for the owl itself, colours, and patterns. I opted out on the print for something more bold and geometric, resulting in these tribal-esque chevrons. I realized that my fine line work has gotten pretty rusty, so I'll definitely have to start practicing again!
I posted a step-by-step for the owl on Instagram, but I'll also include it here to save you the trouble. I painted the owl starting with a mint base, gradually adding darker shades of purple to define it. I think this is one of my favourite animals that I've painted. I'm particularly proud of the eye area, and I think I got the feathery texture down alright. Fur is definitely still a struggle, but feathers are alright, and I'm looking forward to painting more birds in the near future.
I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt on all of my nails. For the owl I used a small paint brush and American Apparel Office. I added detail with American Apparel French Lilac, American Apparel Dynasty, and American Apparel Imperial Purple. For the rest of my nails I painted the lilac and mint shapes first, followed by the dark purple to outline everything.
I hope that those of you starting school aren't finding it too tough just yet. Hang in there, and thanks for reading!