How many of you guys trust Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog to predict the weather? 2016 is supposed to have an early spring, if the little fella is to be believed. We’ve had a pretty warm winter overall, despite that blizzard from a few weeks ago, so maybe there is something to his prediction.
My idea was to paint a little groundhog and surround him with green grass on the tips of my nails. I picked out a nice sky blue nail polish and a bunch of different greens for the grass.
I started off by painting all my nails with Havana Dreams.
The groundhog was my main concern, so I picked out some acrylic paint colors in a brown color scheme to paint him first.
I started off by painting the shape of the head with brown acrylic paint. I didn’t paint in the body at this point because I thought I would have the head peeking out from behind the grass, but I changed my mind after I finished the details of the head. I did some highlighting and contouring with a detail brush and different blends of brown, golden brown, and black to add some dimension to my guy. I went for a cartoony look because that’s how I roll.
The fun part was painting in the grass with a fan brush. I’ve never tried using a fan brush for anything except dusting off pigments and glitters, so I was pleased with how easy it was to make the grass look artistic.
A little top coat made my groundhog shine, although I have to admit, he looks kind of tired of looking for his shadow.
NYC is actually expecting some snow tomorrow, so go figure. The tradition is all in good fun, though! Happy polishing!