Lit from Within: Dream of the Blue Turtleshells
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Dream of the Blue Turtleshells

Hello, Fireflies!

Do you like brown polish?  Does it change your mind if it's bronze?  Check out Finger Paints Bronze Sculpture. 

Finger Paints Bronze Sculpture

That reddish-gold shimmer just makes this polish glow.  I seriously dig it.

Finger Paints Bronze Sculpture

I saw Raggio di Luna's Red Tortoiseshell nail art and I just absolutely loved it.  She has the perfect nail shape to totally pull it off, too.  I thought I'd give it a try with some different colors.  It's a terrible picture, but I wanted to give you some idea how I created the spacing and the shapes.

It's a terrible picture, but I wanted to give you some idea how I created the spacing and the shapes

I'm so used to creating nail art by applying polish where I want the detail to go - it's a lot harder to create negative space - in this case, filling up almost all the space with blue and letting parts of the brown show through. I did have to cheat and touch up a little here and there, but overall, the brown is from the base coat.


Topcoat really helps to smooth out all the brush strokes and help the shimmer from the bronze show through.  Do you think they look like turtle shells?


Bottle shot:  Finger Paints Bronze Sculpture, and LA Splash Ocean Splash.


I've created some nail art with tape that uses the negative space, but this is one of the few times I've painted over almost all the nail and left just the outline behind.  Maybe it would have been easier to paint the blue first and then paint in the brown, but I don't think it would look as organic.  How would you do it?

28 comments:

  1. I love a good brown but bronze shades are always great in my opinion. Your nail art design kind of reminds me of a turtle or something. Like the outline they have on their shells, lol.

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    1. I'm glad it reminds of that, because that's totally what I was going for! lol

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  2. Awesome turtleshell design, and the colors you chose and definitely unique. Reminds me of a cartoon character or something :)

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    1. Oh, cool! I haven't done cartoony nails yet (on purpose, anyway) so maybe I should try some!

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  3. Cool! Totally looks like turtle shells!

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    1. Thanks! I love it when a nail art comes together and I'm not the only one who sees what I was going for! lol

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  4. Yep, they look like turtle shells!!!! Another fun nail art!!!!

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    1. Thanks! I ordered a couple of turtle decals, I hope they look good with this kind of nail art for next time!

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  5. I have not heard of the Finger paints brand before. I love this... they do look like turtle shells - so fun.

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    1. Do you have Sally's Beauty Supply in Hawaii? It's only carried there.

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  6. definitely looks like turtle shells :)

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  7. This is so adorable! Love the turtle print!

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    1. I like that they're cute, but not tooo cutesy, you know? I wonder how it would look in black/white?

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    1. Me, too! Raggio di Luna is so creative to come up with it!

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    1. I thought so, too! I love animal prints that aren't the norm.. though I do a zebra print for Sunday's Stamping - though the colors are definitely not the norm!

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    1. Thanks! I do love brown and blue together!

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