February 24 was my friend Beverley’s (@thehumblebear) birthday. You guys might remember her from my Star Wars collaboration last year. She’s an amazing freehand artist based in Singapore that I met on Instagram, and she’s one of the kindest and sweetest people to boot. When I was asked to participate in a birthday bear themed collaboration for her, I couldn’t say no! In fact, I was horribly sick with the flu when I painted this and didn’t think I’d be able to pull anything off, but I powered through to meet the deadline.
I wanted to do a flocked bear on one of my nails, and because I was going to use purple flocking powder from Bundle Monster, I opted to paint my nails a deeper shade of purple for the background.
OPI Ink. from OPI is a real stunner with its deep purple shimmer.
To apply the flocking powder, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Store gel top coat to my nail and then dipped my fingernail into the pot of flocking powder.
What a fuzzy nail! We’re not done here yet though.
I used an orange stick to push the flocking powder away from the cuticle to shape the top of the bear head and ears before curing the top coat for 30 seconds to set the flocking powder into place. I had originally thought I could carve the outlines of the bear’s arms and legs into the flocking powder, allowing the background color to peek through, but I found that this was no easy feat. I had to settle for painting over the flocking powder with craft smart acrylic paint. I used purple paint at first but then ended up tracing over those outlines with black paint.
Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear… I swear he has arms, but you can’t see them because I have rather curvy nail beds.
I finished up by painting some simple balloons with acrylic paint on the neighboring ring finger and a nice little “Happy B-day Bev!” message for the occasion.
I never understood why flocked bears tended to carry balloons until I painted this manicure!
The requisite bottle shot for the collage.
Congratulations to all the other talented artists in the collage, and a big happy birthday shout out to Bev!
I’m still recovering from the flu, so I sadly didn’t get to finish all the @glamnailschallenge prompts for February, although I did a pretty good job of keeping up until I got sick! March is going to be a busy month for me musically, so I’ll do my best to keep up with the blog.