Friday, November 08, 2013

Elephant Walk

Hello! I'm terribly sorry that the last time I posted was over a month ago. University has been flying by with multiple tests and assignments every week. Luckily we have a small break next week, as well as a bit of a lull in terms of deadlines and pertinent work. Because of all this, the past month has consisted of solid coloured manicures for me, save for a simple Halloween look that I posted on Instagram. The benefit to this is that I've collected a lot of ideas while I was gone, so all I need is the time to paint them :)

Today's nail art features a baby elephant in a yellow-orange-red-purple colour scheme. The whole thing was inspired by those African sunset photos. You know the ones with the blazing red sky and the profiles of blackened animal silhouettes on the horizon? I drew a lot of inspiration from that but tried to change it up at the same time. The triangles are a favourite pattern of mine, but I painted them on top of a subtle watercolour base for added interest, instead of my usual solid white.

Here's the step-by-step for the elephant. As usual I started with the lighter colours first and worked my way down to the darker ones. I wish I could have used a little more red but I found it hard to incorporate. Also I wasn't sure about how to emulate the texture of elephant skin, so I find the painting to be a bit flat. I thought it would be easy because it wasn't fur, but I guess not!

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a small nail art brush to paint the elephant using, in order: American Apparel Sunshine State, American Apparel Sunset Blvd, American Apparel Poppy, American Apparel Dynasty, and American Apparel Imperial Purple. I then did the water colour base (slightly counter-intuitive, I know) using nail polish remover and American Apparel Sunshine State, American Apparel French Lilac, and American Apparel Sunset Blvd. Again I used a small nail art brush for the triangles using the same colours that I used for the elephant, except with American Apparel Manila, a slightly darker yellow.

That's all for now. I hope you liked these and I'm hoping to post a little more regularly in the future! Take care and enjoy your weekend :)



  1. I love this nail art! You nailed it once again, Brittney ^.^
    Take your time, as long as such wonderful works are coming I'm willing to wait patiently hihi Good luck on all your exams!!
    Oh and thx for the step to step tutorial. I want to try this kind of nail arts too so it's very helpful :D

  2. This is beautiful as usual :D I hope all is well with you! :D

  3. These are gorgeous! I love this mani so much! Your elephant looks amazing!