Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Day Challenge Day 13 - Animal Print


I'm back at the #31dc2014!  It took me a bit to figure out an animal print I wanted to do and how to actually accomplish it.  Lately whatever I've put on my nails has been on for a couple of days so it's taking me longer to do all the prompts and on top of that, I've still been having a hard time getting up to my main computer to edit pictures due to a very naughty puppy.

So day 13 of the challenge is Animal Print, which is something I've never attempted.  My version ended up being inspired by the various spots on our younger cat, Tomo.  You can check out one of his pictures here.  His fur provided me plenty of inspiration since he is a pure-bred Bengal cat with a strong pattern; as he's gotten older, the base color of his coat has literally started "glistening" (his breeder's term).  His coat is a mix of spots and stripes and if you look at him long enough, you start seeing distinguishable shapes.

I started off with 2 coats of China Glaze Fast Track (Hunger Games collection) and once that was dry, dabbed on a bit of Sally Hansen Golden Conduct (Magnetic) using a piece of plastic bag.  I think this concoction matched his base color pretty well.
I think I figured out why I'm not super thrilled with how Fast Track looks on me - it brings out the red in my skin tone...a lot.  It's a champagne-beige with golden shimmer.  Golden Conduct is a copper with some shimmer to it.
Then I used a dotting tool and Zoya Louise to make the dots and stripes.
 Zoya Louise is a nice melted chocolate brown creme polish that worked perfectly for opaque dots.
I'm not sure how often I'll do animal print on my nails, but I may try it again in the future.  I think it'd be interesting to try to capture the color of his eyes on my nails as well - they are actually 3-4 colors each when he's in bright light.  Super gorgeous!
I've already done day 14, Flowers, and am getting ready to edit the pictures for that prompt.  In real life, I'm brainstorming for the "Delicate Print" prompt.  Yay for being nearly halfway through the challenge!

Do you do animal print on your nails?  What's your preferred print?

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