Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Night Owl

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!

BRITTNEY XO

20 comments:

  1. Can't stretch enough how much I love these! The owl is just too perfect and the way you painted it looks really unique (I for one haven't seen a mani like this!)

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  2. So so beautiful! I really wish I was able to pull something like this off!! =)

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  3. galorious.blogspot.com10 September 2013 at 18:27

    wow, i thought it ws decal, the owl is amazing!

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  4. Wow this is seriously amazing! I can't describe how impressed I am with these nails.. Both the tribal print and the owl! Nice of you to include the step-by-step - I would never have been able to figure out how you did it!

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  5. Wow girl! Your owl came out perfect! I just adooooore it, it's so cute ^^ Gor.geous!

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  6. the owl! I truly admire your realistic designs, do you also paint/draw on paper? :D or just nails?

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  7. Ahhhh this is mind blowing! I am sooooo in love with the owl and am amazed at how you did it! The colours are perfect! Thank you very much for including the tutorial! Would totally love to give this a try one day! :D

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  8. Thank you so much, Anhy! That means a lot to me :) xo

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  9. Thank you so much- that is such a great compliment! :)

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  10. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the step-by-step! :)

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  11. Thank you so much, Margee! I've started to paint recently but the paintings are actually inspired by my nail art. I really enjoy the small canvas of a nail! :)

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  12. Thank you so very much! I'm really glad that you enjoyed the step-by-step! I'd love to see your owl if you try it out :)

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  13. The owl is perfect! You have some serious talent there. Love the colours also :)

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