Saturday, 17 March 2012

Spring Challenge - Spring Splatter

Hi Goddesses  

Happppppppppppy Weekend!   I have had the week from hell, so I am planning a whole weekend of relaxation, food, films and polish :)  I have been a seriously bad Crumpet this month, which is bad for the bank balance but AMAZING for the haul post (soon) and play time :)

Anyways, back to the splatter, Crumpet!  Soz.  Yes, so I LOVE splatters.  Love them, love them, love them.  They fit into my "perfect" category of "structured mess".  You can't go wrong with them really, and even if you do, there's so many way to fix them.

I decided to heed the master on this one.  I was going to just pick 5 pastels, and basically do the same on every nail, but I remembered Sarah from Chalkboard Nails stating that a splatter works better when you use black or white in it (creating greater contrast).  And lo, an idea was born ....

So the nails all have a base of a pastel colour, a splatter of white, and then a splatter of the darker version of the pastel, which I think is kinda neat.  The white was my staple, SH White On.  Here are the other colour combos -

thumb = OPI Sparrow Me The Drama, and CG It's Poppin', which has a little bit of shimmer in it which looked awesome in the splatter
index = SH Lacey Lilac and OPI Planks A Lot
middle = Barry M Blue Moon and Orly Snow Cone
ring = OPI Stranger Tides and Orly Ancient Jade
pinkie = CG Lemon Fizz and OPI The "It" Color

Now, I know I'm biased, but I LOVE how this turned out.  It's so happy and colourful, and just, ah, I just LOVE IT.

So, let's talk technique.   Usually, I take the polish brush and swoosh it inside the straw before I blow.  However, lately, I've found this creates a splatter that's too big, especially as I can't find thin straws in England.   This time, I again listened to the Chalkboard, and dipped the straw INTO the polish bottle.   Now, this DID create better splatter, but oh man, I made myself really messy.   Next time, I'm going to try an old Bic pen, as the hole is narrower.

So, what do you do when you splat too much ?  Well, I took one of my cheap eyeshadow applicators that I use for sponging, and sponged IN some of the excess, to make it look more mushy.  I also used a tissue to soak UP some of the excess, and again, it didn't matter that the tissue pressed into the polish, because the effect you are creating is so random.

I love splatters.  Love them.  Yes you make a bit of a mess, but every single one has some wow factor to it.

I can't wait to see what the other girls on the Challenge come up with today - it should be a very pretty day :)

Enjoy xx :)
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