Take Two Day 6: Inspired by an animal.

Day Six
Inspired by an animal

I did it. I finally painted my nails in a design that I am absolutely in love with. I'm not annoyed at them, I didn't screw them up and I want to keep them on forever. This is a rare, and very proud moment for me, and modesty has been thrown OUT the door!

As you can see, I did an ocean scene with clown fish aka Nemo's family! Haha. 
I guess you could call them aquarium nails too, fish tank nails, fish nails, whatever floats your boat.

Fish probably aren't strictly an animal, but meh. I've been wanting to do something like this for ages but never got around to it. I checked to see if there was another challenge that'd suit it better but there wasn't, so "inspired by an animal" it was!

If you've done today's challenge, add it in here!

The best was was that they weren't actually that hard. There were no painful straight lines, for one thing. Much more forgiving. I'll try explain how I did them :).

First, here are the polishes I used. I'm pretty useless at naming my polishes but the colours really worked well so they deserve the credit :)

Seche Clear Base Coat.
Tip Top Toughen Up Top Coat.
LA Colors Art Deco - Bright Green.
Jordana Pop Art - Express in Yellow, Black Mark, Contemporary White and Edgy.
Revlon - Powder Puff and Colada Fizz.
Miki - No. 24.
Wet n Wild - Saved by the Blue.
M Eizilan - White AND silver dotting/striping polish/tools.

These are all some of my favourite polishes in general, actually. And I have a heap of Tip Top polishes that I was sent that I need to finish swatching and finally post - hopefully soon!

What I did:
1. Painted my nails with Miki "No. 24" (Blue). I just remembered that that colour is actually one I mixed with a white a while ago... so it's a bit lighter than the ones you get in pharmacies.
2. Sponged on some Wet n Wild "Saved by the Blue" at the bottom and a dab in the middle, then sponged on some Revlon "Powder Puff" above that to do an easy and controllable gradient.
3. Dotted on some bubbles - first with the silver M Eizilan tool then putting a tiny dot of white in them.

4. Used Art Deco's "Bright Green" to draw on the plants/seaweed.
5. Painted on the basic orange fish shape with Jordana's "Edgy".
6. Drew on the fish detail with "Black Mark," "Contemporary White" and the M Eizilan dotting tool.
7. Did the starfish with "Express in Yellow."
8. Added two coats of Revlon's "Colada Fizz," avoiding the fish. Made it sparkle! I guess sheer polishes have a use after all.
9. Added my top coat and done!

Nail polish thinner was important too - those Jordana pop art polishes go yuck really quick. I use Orly's stuff and it always fixes them if you put enough in.

So yeah, those are my Clown Fish nails! I love them muchly :D I have a couple of gold fish, but tropical fish are so much prettier! Does anyone here have any fish?

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  1. Awwww! I love Nemo. They're so cute.

  2. These are fabulous!! And fish are TOTALLY animals :) So cute.

    1. Thanks! And you're right, I googled it earlier and scientifically speaking, they are!

  3. You should be proud Jessie because these are fantastic!! I love Nemo, my old house had a toilet that was complete painted in nemo theme - you closed the door and there was a giant Bruce - it was a crack up :) xx

    1. OMG I want a toilet like that!! If I ever have an art studio that'll so be me. Thanks :)

  4. HAHA!! 'Boat'!
    P.S These are the most amazing nails EVER!

  5. Wow I LOVE your mani!!


  6. aaaw, they are gorgeous! and if it's not a human, it's either alien or animal :)

    1. Yeah, and they're definitely not human or alien! Thanks!

  7. These are adorable! And we both clearly have excellent taste and timing.

    1. Lol yup! I wondered if someone else would do the same. I almost did my cat but then thought this idea was cooler :)

  8. LOVE THIS !! How cute is this ?!?!?!?

  9. Squee! LOVE it Jessie!! :D

  10. Jessie! this is amazing!!!! so freaking adorable! LOVE!

  11. Your modesty should be thrown out the window, these are fantastic!

  12. These are so cute! I wasn't a big fan of the Nemo movie, but these are adorable(: xoxo

    1. I looove Finding Nemo! Still makes me cry haha. Thanks!

  13. Very well done! And yes, being a biologist, I can tell you fish ARE part of the animal kingdom!

  14. These are really awesome! I love your little clown fish!

  15. so cute and absolutely adorable *.*

  16. YAY NEMO!!!! I LOVE this movie and these nails are freakin awesome!

  17. This is awesome! :-) Goes directly to my "to do" (or "to TRY to do") list! :-)


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