I had to fine tune my last manicure to be more functional because the glitter kept catching on everything and falling off, but I wasn’t about to get rid of that lovely flag yet because of how long it took to paint. I knew I had a template for London Bridge on one of my stamping plates, but I opted not to use it the first time around because I thought it didn’t look enough like the real structure.
London Bridge is a sandy color, so I picked a nice tan polish and decided to go with a sky blue background.
After removing the glitter from my original manicure, I repainted those nails with Infatuated. For a full tutorial on how to paint the flag, please refer to my last post.
To add color to the bridge, I stamped the image onto several stamper heads before coloring it in with Vera and a small dotting tool.
I didn’t bother to put the stamper heads back into the holder to transfer the image onto my nails. After letting the polish dry a little, I took a head and gently rocked the stamper back and forth across my nail to make sure the image transferred.
The plate image still looks hokey in my opinion, but it’s still somewhat recognizable. The simplified design along with the color scheme also makes me think of sand castles.
So ends my Anglophile week. I’m playing a recording session tomorrow and Friday that will also be filmed, so I’ll need to change my nails lest people start wondering why a NYC musician is sporting UK nails! I’ll be sad to lose the flag, though. I hate working with striping tape, but I love how clean the lines turned out.