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This was actually very difficult for me, as I typically only work with gel paint, however, I chose to do this whole piece entirely out of acrylic paint to truly challenge myself, after all that is why im here right? I did 5 versions of this set before picking the piece shown above as my final entry! Now if that doesn't show my passion to be NTNA 2016 then I dont know what will!

We were told to be creative so I ran with that like crazy! This piece is essentially about how our biggest inspirations and creative genes can be sparked by the smallest or simplest tool, like color or polish. We can see this represented in various parts of this piece. The skull represents a creative version of myself, paint brush at the ready. The small bottles of CND polish spill over from the winds coming down shown on the first nail, causing it to pour into what becomes a sea of vicious waves. Pirate ships battle crashing waves as they prepare to raise their flags for war. The waves slowly turn a faint green, then darker and darker. Small leaves appear in the wind, vines appear from the now shallows below. Everything becomes still, the smell of fresh bloomed roses fill the air, a robin chirping in her bed, awaiting newborn babies, bright purple roses flourish upon soft green grasses, and looking up at the beautiful sky above lies another portal, to our versions of beauty, dripping the creativity of life to share with the world.

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Paint the nails half black, half white. Ombre the colors together on the middle nail. This is going to bring out a unique effect in the next step.

Paint the nails half black, half white. Ombre the colors together on the middle nail. This is going to bring out a unique effect in the next step.  

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Apply a 1 color of chameleon/ multi dimensional gel polish over all the nails. With the base background the chameleon polish shows through different colors on top.

Apply a 1 color of chameleon/ multi dimensional gel polish over all the nails. With the base background the chameleon polish shows through different colors on top.  

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sketch the base of where you want your skull, use the one stroke technique to outline the skull with two shades of brown to give it depth.

sketch the base of where you want your skull, use the one stroke technique to outline the skull with two shades of brown to give it depth.  

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start drawing in where your facial features will sit, add highlight and contrasting where needed.

start drawing in where your facial features will sit, add highlight and contrasting where needed.  

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add additional contrast/ highlight if necessary. Use a calligraphy pen and acrylic paint to sketch ultra thin lines to give the appearance of wear and tear.

add additional contrast/ highlight if necessary. Use a calligraphy pen and acrylic paint to sketch ultra thin lines to give the appearance of wear and tear.  

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using the one stroke technique and two shades of blue start adding the waves in her hair. Make sure they flow. (pin up curl is optional :D)

using the one stroke technique and two shades of blue start adding the waves in her hair. Make sure they flow. (pin up curl is optional :D)  

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Add bandanna, add smoke by applying a line of polish and taking a soft brush dipped in acetone to blot the color around.

Add bandanna, add smoke by applying a line of polish and taking a soft brush dipped in acetone to blot the color around.  

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add green/ blue waves in at the point you want to introduce transition.

add green/ blue waves in at the point you want to introduce transition.  

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add details to bandanna, vines, branches etc.

add details to bandanna, vines, branches etc.  

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add flowers, birds, polish bottles and pirate ships to create a more natural flow

add flowers, birds, polish bottles and pirate ships to create a more natural flow  

 
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Acrylic     skulls     flowers     colorful     one stroke     cnd     ntna

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Deannawhite - Commented 3 months ago
Love the water hair!
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TraceyLeeNails - Commented 3 months ago
Just noticed the polish bottle on the side too, too clever! Great job!

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