It has been a rough week for me as my LG G4 phone went into an unrecoverable boot loop, meaning that I lost a bunch of pictures, texts, and other such data. I’m waiting for my replacement phone to arrive while I use a cheap substitute in the meantime, but my whole routine has been upset, and it has caused me to be in a creative slump.
My last manicure was starting to chip, so I forced myself to try to come up with something else. Because I’ve been so uninspired, I opted to do the @clairestelle8challenge prompt for the 14th: Animal. I figured that I could do a cute polar bear over a cool toned gradient, and to make it easier to paint, have the bear “photobomb” the scene so that I would only have to paint the upper half of its face. The photobomb idea also came from the fact that I have small nails that make it hard to paint too much detail, so I was trying to work with my canvas size.
I picked a nice cool toned blue for my base color.
Maltilda by Julep.
The gradient was a mix of the base color, a shimmery holographic ice blue, and a white shade speckled with silver microglitter. I applied stripes of each polish onto a nail art mat and used a sponge to dab the mix onto my nails.
Pictured from left to right: Matilda by Julep, Tali by Julep, and Dandy Lyin’ Around by China Glaze.
The finished icy gradient looks like snow drifts blowing across an open field.
For the bear, I used Craft Smart Acrylic Paints in blends of White, Dark Grey, and Black.
I painted the general shape of the bear on top of the gradient with white paint. Then I blended a little bit of Dark Grey with White to tint the ears. I also slightly shaded the face around the eyes and snout area with an even lighter version of the mix that I used for the ears. Finally I added the nose and used a dotting tool to make the eyes with black paint.
After applying some top coat, the bear is done!
Peekaboo! I see you!
I apologize if the photos don’t look as nice here because I typically use apps on my phone to do the editing, and I got stuck using an old tablet instead this time. Hopefully I’ll be up and running on the warranty replacement phone this week, but until then, stay warm, and happy polishing!