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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Jan Weiss 'Yellow Petals' Inspired Nail Art


Hello!  Rocking some 'art-inspired' nail art right now:




I'm hardly what you'd call an art buff - although I wish I was more knowledgeable in the subject - but I found myself browsing art.com for inspiration, where I came across this Jan Weiss print, 'Yellow Petals 4':




I absolutely loved it - it was just begging to be made into a manicure!  I'm always trying to convince myself that floral designs are 'too girlie' for me, but every time I do something flowery I end up really liking it.   What I dig about this series of Jan Weiss prints, I think, is that they're a bit 'edgier' (seriously judging myself for using that word) than my idea of a more classic floral, and not very cutesy at all!  I love the freshness of the colours, too.








I began this design by painting my nails white.  Whilst I love nail art on a white base, I do NOT enjoy the act of painting it.  White polish just seems to be consistently annoying, so if you have one you love, let me know!  

I used Barry M 'Acid Yellow' for the outer colour of the petals, which I just painted using the brush in the bottle.  Then I added the accent colours with a little brush, in Barielle 'Lemondrops' and Illamasqua 'Blow'.  After that, I went in with my smallest dotting tool to try to replicate the 'dotty' look of the petals round the outside at and the borders between the different colours, but that's really not apparent in the finished look unless you go eyeball-to-nail, so I probably wouldn't bother if I did it again!




Next, I added dots on the petals using Sinful Colors 'Exotic Green', and more in the centre with Barielle 'Sweet Addiction' and Sinful 'Last Chance'.  Up until this point I thought my flowers looked a bit daft and I really didn't think they were going to work!  However, the addition of the black lines (with a cut down striper) finally pulled the look together.




I did have a couple of ideas for the rest of my fingers, but I felt anything I put on them might detract from the impact of the flowers.  At first I thought they looked a bit stark or incomplete but actually,  I really like the clean aesthetic of the white next to the bolder, fresh-coloured flowers.  Despite the fact that it has been snowing here for about a week, I do love how springy these feel!




What do you think?  Are florals your thing?  And if you have any white polish recommendations, do let me know!

16 comments:

  1. These are lovely, I really like the 'deconstructed flower' look! The sketchiness only add to the sense of spring-like energy. :)

    I don't have any white polish recommendations-- I've heard good things about Cult Nails' Tempest. I have Spirit by Revlon but haven't given it a whirl for full-finger painting yet. If it's awesome, I'll let you know.

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    1. Thank you! I only wish it was as spring-like outside! Definitely let me know how you get on with the Revlon.

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  2. georgeous georgeous!!! I simply love this design!
    I love strating doing nail art from the white 'background'- and, just like you, find white polishes quite annoying...

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    1. Thank you thank you! I love how versatile a white base is, but it requires so much patience!

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  3. Your flowers are impeccable! Love how delicate it looks!

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  4. Fabulous!! I am going to be doing a week of florals on my blog in the beginning of next month. I think I will have to look at the prints from the artist you mentioned for some inspiration.

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    1. Thanks! I think she'd definitely be worth a look & a week of florals sounds like such a lovely idea!

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  5. J'adore ! You're a real artist !

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  6. Woah, these are amazing! Like seriously cannot stop scrolling up as I write this to look at them.
    As for white polishes, Sally Hansen Whirlwind White was good when I first bought it, but now it's pretty awful. OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls is great if you don't need a pure bright white though. It's still white, just with a hint of gray, and the formula is great :)

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    1. Thank you! Seriously one of the sweetest compliments everrr!
      Thanks for the recommendations...at least the SH is pretty cheap and readily available so I'll bear it in mind. I've seen that OPI as a base on a few people and I looove it. Also every time I see My Vampire is Buff I want it just a little more. It's a bummer that OPI is so expensive here but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for any cheeky bargains!

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  7. i cannot beleive you have only written three posts, your blog is so professional and amazing!

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    1. Ahhh thank you! I'm so flattered that you think so - I definitely feel like I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing, haha!

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  8. These look great! And I am the artist (Jan Weiss) who created these Yellow Petals pieces. I am thrilled to see them used as nail art - totally unexpected. and appreciate the fact that you gave credit to me for the art as that does not happen very often.
    Thank you again!

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    1. Sorry for my belated reply, Jan, but thank you so much! It means a lot coming from the original artist who inspired the look. I am all too aware of the disregard for copyright (& general etiquette) online, but there are still those of us who remember that there is a real person behind the photos/art and so on.
      Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch - I really do appreciate it!

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