Monday, December 16, 2013

Banksy Grunge Nail Art and 6 days of giveaways! :)

Hi gals! I have a super special post today. I reached 100 followers on Tumblr the other day and I decided it was time for a giveaway! :) (I have since reached over 200 since I decided to do the giveaway!) I wanted to do something special so I decided to do 6 fun days of giveaways, featuring a nail design to accompany each one. ^^

I'll start with the art! The base color is L'Oréal "Stroke of Midnight" and the mani was inspired in part by Serene at Copy Cat Claws. She has some beautiful art and you should definitely visit her blog!


 I used Chalkboard Nails' Tutorial for distressed nails and added some stamping from MoYou London Rebel 03. I chose Banksy's Balloon Girl. I did the same image for my college art class two years ago, I just adore it! 


 (YES the time has come and passed to get a light box. I'm working on it! You'll have to just envision how beautiful they are.) 

And finally the swatch without the art.

 

Look at that gun medaly goodness! Pure steel. Can you see why it was calling for some grungy art? This is the first prize for the giveaway! I'll love to see what you can create with this polish. :D


In case you're curious, I used L'Oréal "Stroke of Midnight" as the base and layered Pure Ice "Siren" and Sinful Colors "Snow Me White" to create the distressed look. The stamp is done with Sinful Colors "Snow Me White." 

Good Luck! ♥ Pooka





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16 comments:

  1. I've been doing my nails since I was 10yrs old... now at 44 yrs old I'm a nail tech. I love to do nail stamping and learning new techniques on youtube.

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    1. Yes! I started on Youtube. You can find some great, simple tutorials there. :)

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  2. I do my own nails and love nailart and stamping!!!

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    1. Gisela, your recent elf nails were adorable! Definitely keep it up!

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  3. I'd love to recreate your Winter Is Coming mani. It's gorgeous

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    1. Thank you so much! A girl on Instagram actually recreated it and did an awesome job! It's super simple actually, if you have any questions, or you do recreate it let me know! :)

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  4. I do my nails every 2 days to be exact. I love Stamping in particular but I would be curious to see your water marbeling

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    1. Interesting, Why every two? :) And yes I see your nails on AIS. They are beautiful!

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  5. I have a 16mo son. And about 4 months ago i realized. I haven't been taking care of myself. So i started painting my nails... and then i joined julep.... and then i find a nail art tutorial...then a dotter.... and then i discovered nail stamping... and then I discovered indie polishes....

    When my son gets older I want him to know that I took care or myself. That I cared enough about him and my family that I loved me. And was proud of myself instead of being a shrinking violet behind everyone.

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    1. Alisa, yes! Feeling beautiful is key to confidence. I'm not a mother, but I'd imagine that it's easy to begin to put everyone before yourself and forgot that you need to feel comfortable and confident, too. You are so right, it is important that your son and family know that you are important, and important enough to feel comfortable and beautiful.

      Polish is a downward spiral! I'm also a julep maven and I have so many of their adorable polishes! I'll be swatching and doing nail art with them soon! Check back in sometime, hopefully I'll be doing a Julep give away in the spring. :)

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  6. I've always loved doing my nails and stopped for a while, no idea why. A scrapbookers I follow always has amazing, polished nails so I started doing my nails again about a year and a half ago. I discovered stamping and that was icing on the cake. (Or candy canes on the nails like I have now,) My daughter is five years and loves to have her nails don't too, just like Mommy's nails! That makes me so happy. I found your site from Facebook. I can't wait to see more of your work!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy for the thoughtful comment! I can't wait til I have a daughter that wants me to paint her nails! That must be so fun. :) I can't believe you scrap book! I love to scrap book. Nails are just one of my creative outlets. You should tell me the name of the girl you follow so I can check her out, too and if you have time, share you Christmas mani on my facebook page, I want to see the candy canes! :)

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  7. I do my own nails, and I totally want to recreate your great gatsby nails! They are seriously so cool and chic! I don't remember how I stumbled across your blog, I think I googled great gatsby nails actually LOL

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  8. Break rules, not nailsMarch 17, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    I love this image too, great job!

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