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For the first pre-challenge we were only allowed to use gel polish, polish, and acrylic paint to complete our set of nails on five nail tips. While I was sitting there trying figure out what I should do I placed all the nail tips by each other and saw that it made a wonderful tail design so I used that to my advantage. I decided to paint a peacock because they are beautifully colored animals and I wanted to incorporate bright colors into my piece. I also chose the peacock because they symbolize vision, royalty, guidance, protection, and watchfulness. I feel like the peacock is a very suiting subject for this first challenge because of what they symbolize. I also got inspiration from impressionist painters and tried to add a little of that technique to my piece. This was a great challenge for me because it has gotten my creative juices flowing and it got me to try something I havenโ€™t done before. I am super excited with the outcome of the final piece! For this piece I used a white gel polish base and everything was painted using acrylic paint and it was finished off with a gel polish top coat.

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Use a white gel polish as my base. After curing buff the shine off.

Use a white gel polish as my base. After curing buff the shine off.  

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I placed the nail tips together and just started working on the body of the peacock since I wanted him to be in the center of my design. I used a dark blue, light blue, and a teal color.

I placed the nail tips together and just started working on the body of the peacock since I wanted him to be in the center of my design. I used a dark blue, light blue, and a teal color.  

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Next I started on placing the feathers on the nail tips. I started off with making small purple dots around the tips followed by a ring of light blue then a bright green was added.

Next I started on placing the feathers on the nail tips. I started off with making small purple dots around the tips followed by a ring of light blue then a bright green was added.  

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After creating the

After creating the "eyes" of the feathers I went in and made light strokes to simulate the wispy feather look.  

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Then continued with the purple I used earlier in the

Then continued with the purple I used earlier in the "eye" in light stokes to help fill in the open areas.  

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Then I added brighter looking

Then I added brighter looking "eyes" using a bright pink, bright orange and a silver to bring more pops of color.  

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Outlined his body with some black and finished his crown using the same blue, light blue, purple, and teal. And then doting yellow at the top.

Outlined his body with some black and finished his crown using the same blue, light blue, purple, and teal. And then doting yellow at the top.  

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I went back in with white to add some highlights through the feathers in light strokes and added more around his eye.

I went back in with white to add some highlights through the feathers in light strokes and added more around his eye.  

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After adding white I added some black throughout the feathers to give him more contrast and added small white dots to help complete my piece.

After adding white I added some black throughout the feathers to give him more contrast and added small white dots to help complete my piece.  

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After adding the final touches I used a gel polish top coat to finish my look.

After adding the final touches I used a gel polish top coat to finish my look.  

 
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hand-painted     Mixed Media     animal     peacock     nailsntnatop24     gel polish     ntnatop24

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Dana_NailJunkiePRO - Commented 5 months ago
This is so lovely! I would hang this on my wall of it was big enough! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
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KatieB - Commented 5 months ago
Beautiful ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜
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Kimberly - Commented 5 months ago
Very pretty!
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TraceyLeeNails - Commented 5 months ago
Gorgeous vibrant colors Brandy!

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