Lisa writes . . .
A few months back, I caught sight of this amazing mosaic mani by the very talented Pshiiit, and thus began an obsession to get that design onto my fingertips. Confession: Like many in her legion of followers, I’m a Pshiiit fangirl!
Though I studied her flash tutorial like it was an entrance exam, in the end, I just couldn’t get my act together, and flunked badly. True story: There were more pieces of striping tape on my desk, shirt, pants, and walls, than made it onto my fingernails.
With that experience, I gave up any hope of replicating Pshiiit’s marvelous mani. You know, some things, are just best left to the French. C’est la vie, and all that business.
Then, last weekend, while mindlessly doodling with various tools and techniques, I found myself (ho-hum) snipping lengths of striping tape, and deftly positioning them (where the hell did that come from?) in random patterns on my white-tipped nails. Random patterns that didn’t look half bad.
Then, a “light bulb moment”…
Pshiit’s tutorial had finally sunk in! Not a perfect match, but good enough for government work, as they say.
Since I had the momentum going, I grabbed a tiny nail art brush, and painted most of the resulting spaces with a quad of Essie Resort 2013 colors I’d picked up earlier for this very purpose: Come Here, a coral-red creme; Under Wear, an orchid creme; In the Cab-ana, an aqua creme; and First Timer, a pastel minty green creme.
FYI, These full-size shades are soooo cute that I also snagged a box of Essie minis for a giveaway (see below)!
But wait. Gotta have bling!
As in Pshiit’s original, I added sparkle by filling in a block, here and there, with glitz. My chosen glitz? OPI Honey Ryder, a versatile gold Liquid Sand finish. More on that addiction in an upcoming post.
The entire mani was then smoothed over with two layers of quick-dry top coat (butterLONDON Hardwear) for shine and durability.
Gotta love it: Besides polish, all that’s needed to pull this one off, is a little patience, a good nail art brush and some striping tape!
Speaking of which, and since you made it this far (Geez, you seriously ROCK!)…
From Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST, until Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST, be sure to enter our giveaway to win some sweet nail art goodies. This giveaway is open internationally!
LOZLOSA’s Nail Art Basics Giveaway – a 3-roll package of Heart 2 Art striping tape; an Art Box Extreme nail art kit (fabulous little nail art brushes and tools for fine freehand work); and a box of Essie’s 2013 Resort Collection (mini versions of the four colorful cremes used in this post).
Best of luck!!!! ♥
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