26 September 2012

Challenge Day #16: TRIBAL

Aloha! Just a quick one today! Challenge #16 is tribal print, and I had a tough time coming up with something for it. I'm quite familiar with the typical "tribal-print" manicures (Google image search will show you loads of lovely designs, if you're so inclined), but I just don't like them and didn't want to wear one. I started trying to think outside the box. My mother's side of the family is significantly Cherokee Native American, so I thought maybe I'd do something related to that, but... no joy. Lots of good information, but just wasn't feeling inspired. Tribal-tattoo style? I have several stamping plates with images that look like those, but then I decided I didn't want my nails to look like the biceps of a douchebag frat boy that made a bad decision, even if it is only for a day.

I went back to my first idea, the Native American one, and just browsed random pictures. A common (generic) theme is campfires, teepees/wigwams, and feathered headdresses. The idea I ended up with is simple, and far from what people expect from "tribal", but strangely, I like it:

If the stamping had been straight on the ring finger, it'd be even better! But never mind that. FIRE. :D

I wanted to try the two-colour stamping, and then the other image reminded me of three things that I see in the photos a lot: mountains, campsites, and feathers. But I'm getting ahead of myself! The yellow base is a new one (omg, something besides Mellow Yellow? nowai) I found at CVS recently. The brand is Confetti, and this shade is #008 Margarita Senorita. I was impressed with the quality! It's a lighter yellow, more banana or lemon-esque, and was opaque in two coats. It's good to have another high-quality yellow polish in my collection! I then used the flame image from Mash plate #48, and painted the two colours directly onto the image, just one stripe above the other--the red is Revlon Colorstay: #120 Red Carpet, and the orange is Orly's Melt Your Popsicle. I was SUPER pleased with how that came out and will totally do that on its own sometime!

Last, I used the polish you see in the bottle shot above, OPI's Suzi Loves Cowboys to stamp on the row-of-triangle-thingys from Mash plate #28. It's a nice brown--I don't often wear plain brown creme polish, but I bought it to use in nail art, and it came in handy here! A quick coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast sealed it all in, and I was good to go.

The brown is much richer normally, but in a thin stamping-coat, it matched my nice taupe-ish sheets pretty well, eh?

This may not be a typical "tribal" design, but I like the earthy colour pallette and the imagery it evokes when I look at these. It works for me. And luckily, this is my blog ;)

Th-th-th-that's all, folks! See you next time for challenge day 17, and my ridiculous glitter nails! xoxo

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