Lit from Within: Elephant Walk
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Elephant Walk


Hello, Fireflies!

As much as I struggled wth last month's challenge, I am *loving* this month's.  Probably only because I don't know how to do 'real' art, but I know how to follow a tutorial - it's almost all I do!  It's been so much fun picking tutorials to do that I might not get around to.

Like the monkeys from the last challenge, I chose another tutorial inspired by Adventures In Acetone.  This time, elephants!

I started with Butter London Keks.  I'm in love with this polish - so bright and cheerful, and that 'rubber' finish is so cool.

 Butter London Keks

The hardest part for me is figuring out how to make the right shape for everything else to be painted on.  I try to think about it in smaller shapes added together, which is why the tutorial from Adventures In Acetone was so helpful.  It's not a specialized blob; it's a circle, an oblong, and a hook added together.

I created the shape of the elephants' heads with L'Oreal Greycian Goddess

After creating the shape of the elephants' heads with L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, I added the inner part of the ear with Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic.

I added the inner part of the ear with Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic

The eyes and tusk I made with Milani White On The Spot.  Zombie elephants! Run!

Zombie elephants! Run!

A bit of Liquid Lacquer Spaced Out for the water spray, and black for the details and outlines, and the elephants come to life.

the elephants come to life.

Topcoat seals in the design, and makes everything look level.  March on, elephants!


The cuteness!


Bottle shot:  Butter London Keks & Primrose Hill Picnic, L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, Milani White On The Spot, Liquid Lacquer Spaced Out, and a black nail art striper.

Bottle shot:  Butter London Keks & Primrose Hill Picnic, L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, Milani White On The Spot, Liquid Lacquer Spaced Out, and a black nail art striper.

Which do you like better, the monkeys or the elephants?  I love them both!






40 comments:

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    1. Aw, thanks! I thought they were too cute, too.

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  2. So cute! Love their little smiles here :)

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    1. Of course! Wouldn't do to have sad elephants. LOL. :) Thanks, Lisa!

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    1. Adventures In Acetone has a few other animals I need to try, too, but I think these are pretty cool!

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  4. It's amazing how well that came together! I love it!

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    1. Thanks so much! I agree - sometimes I wonder how it's ever going to look right, and then the right details just make it happen. Or, a few swipes of acetone, and there's nothing to see here, folks! lol

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  5. Oh gosh, this is just adorable! :) Love those little elephants!!

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    1. Can you believe I'm over 40? I'll never grow up!

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how they came out. :)

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  7. Those are so cute and you make it look so easy!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks! What a wonderful compliment! I really do think that if I can do it, so can pretty much anyone else! I love to see how other folks do their versions, too.

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  8. Awww I love how the elephants came together! It's so cute!!

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  9. OMG! These are soooo cute. Great job!!

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  10. That's so cute! I have to do this with my daughter.

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    1. Oh, I would love to see that!! I hope you'll post pix on my FB page. Maybe matching elephant manis? :)

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    1. Is the world my oyster now that I can do elephant nails, too? lol

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  12. I would have never been able to dream that up in a million years.

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    1. Me, neither! That's why I love using others' nail art for inspiration. Not a creative bone in my body.

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  13. How did you even think of this? It's amazing.

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    1. I didn't! Adventures in Acetone did, and I followed her tutorial!

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  14. You did such a great job with the nail art! I love Keks!

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    1. Thanks! Keks has really shaken Butter London out of their rut! I have a lot of BL, but Keks is a standout.

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    1. Thank you, Maria! How is the Queen of Flowers?

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    1. Not very sophisticated, but I can't resist these cuties.

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    1. At first, I thought that was an elephant in your avatar! Close.. lol

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