Thursday, 1 March 2012

Spring Challenge - Pastel Patchwork

Hi Goddesses

I was soooooo looking forward to this mani, and aarrrgghhh how I disappointed myself at the final hurdle!

I was really looking forward to this one, as I have never braved a patchwork mani, and the ones that I like, ROCK.  Then I saw an amazing pastel version, and that was what I decided to do.   And that, Dear Reader, is not what I ended up with!  Grrrrrrrrr.

So, technical stuff first, the nail bases are -

thumb - Color Club Sheer Disguise

index - Essie Cocktail Bling
Middle - CG Pelican Gray
ring - CG Light As Air
pinkie - CG Kinetic Candy

And the patchwork was done with a white stripe and OPI Sparrow Me The Drama, CG Lemon Fizz, Orly Ancient Jade and Orly Snowcone, all of which I applied with a thin nail art brush.   I mapped out my sections with the white striper, applied about 3 coats of colour, and then redid my white lines for emphasis.

And this is where it all went wrong.  The thing that makes patchwork manis cute is those lovely little cross lines on the long lines - do you know what I mean ?    Sort of like this - ---++------.    And because of how I'd done my pattern, I couldn't work out where to do those cute little lines.

I am also disturbed at how these seem to look like the Picasa logo - not intentional, but highly amusing seeing as the icon sits on my toolbar all day!

From a distance, I actually really like these, I just also hate them because they don't look like a patchwork.  Maybe I should retitle the post Pastel Aztec, then I'd win both ways :)

Enjoy xxx :)  

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