NTNA Week 10: So Hot and So Cold! Gel II

 
 
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Posted on November 10, 2014
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Its our last weekly challenge! And I could not be more excited! We were asked to take a cue from Gel II and their temperature changing gel line, which I have and use often, and capture the feeling of heat and cold with our nail art. Originally my mind automatically went generic. Beautiful sunsets in arctic and tropical locations. But its our last challenge and I wanted to think outside the norm. After several days of brainstorming, it hit me when I was speaking to a client about the challenge. Disneys Frozen! My son is a big fan of the movie, as is the rest of the world. My personal favorite part is when Olaf the lovable yet naïve snowman breaks into song and dance. In this particular song, Olafs' Summer Song, he explains his yearning to get out of the cold and enjoy a summer day! He is so cute in explaining all the amazing summer activities he would take place in, however he has no idea what would really happen to a snowman in the Summer heat. So I chose to bring this song/scene from Frozen to life in my nail entry. I hope everyone enjoys my entry, and check out my Pintrest boards for my full inspiration!

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For this type of challenge, I would have preferred to work on nail tips because you can spend more time on them, then  with an actual model sitting in your chair for hours and hours. But  it was supposed to be on a live model, so I hope you enjoy what I came up with! \nTo begin my design I painted the nails white with gel polish.  I like doing this when using multiple mediums.  The art seems to pop more.

For this type of challenge, I would have preferred to work on nail tips because you can spend more time on them, then with an actual model sitting in your chair for hours and hours. But it was supposed to be on a live model, so I hope you enjoy what I came up with! \nTo begin my design I painted the nails white with gel polish. I like doing this when using multiple mediums. The art seems to pop more.  

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For the second step, I painted both hands with one coat of a light blue gel polish and cured it.

For the second step, I painted both hands with one coat of a light blue gel polish and cured it.  

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For the third step, I decieded to use two coats of Gel II's Reaction

For the third step, I decieded to use two coats of Gel II's Reaction "Beach Bali- Ball". I ombred it from the cuticles down and I think its cool that my sky colors will be changing depending on the models temp and atmosphere. I really like using ombre to capture a feeling.  

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After finishing my ombred background, I applied a matte top coat, and began to add some basic details with acrylic paint and polish.  I wanted Olaf to look as 3d as possible so I made sure to add shading to the nails also.  You can kind of see how the basic shapes evolve with these side by sides.

After finishing my ombred background, I applied a matte top coat, and began to add some basic details with acrylic paint and polish. I wanted Olaf to look as 3d as possible so I made sure to add shading to the nails also. You can kind of see how the basic shapes evolve with these side by sides.  

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Next I worked to finish up my Cold arctic hand designs.  I used gel paints to add some glistening Icicles and add shimmer to the snow.  I didn't want to create a mural, but rather a few individual clips from the movie, to try and create a mood or feeling of Arctic or Frozen Temperature. I added the big snowflake on the pinky to create a wintery, girly feel to the set.  and I chose to create Icicles based on the beautiful back drops in the movie!

Next I worked to finish up my Cold arctic hand designs. I used gel paints to add some glistening Icicles and add shimmer to the snow. I didn't want to create a mural, but rather a few individual clips from the movie, to try and create a mood or feeling of Arctic or Frozen Temperature. I added the big snowflake on the pinky to create a wintery, girly feel to the set. and I chose to create Icicles based on the beautiful back drops in the movie!  

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Now I begun my Warm hand.  I had already completed the ombred background, so after matte top coating, I used acrylic paint to add some basic details and shading.  I wanted to show some of the Summer activities Olaf so badly wanted to participate in, such as, swimming, laying on the beach catching a tan, building sandcastles, getting buried in the warm sand, going sailing, running through a field of wildflowers, having a picnic, etc.

Now I begun my Warm hand. I had already completed the ombred background, so after matte top coating, I used acrylic paint to add some basic details and shading. I wanted to show some of the Summer activities Olaf so badly wanted to participate in, such as, swimming, laying on the beach catching a tan, building sandcastles, getting buried in the warm sand, going sailing, running through a field of wildflowers, having a picnic, etc.  

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Next, I used acrylic paint, and some gel paints to add fine details and shading.  The layering effect really helped bring the shading to life.

Next, I used acrylic paint, and some gel paints to add fine details and shading. The layering effect really helped bring the shading to life.  

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He is a shot of my Cold thumb and my Warm thumb.  If you've seen the movie you will understand why I've chosen to paint these images.  If you haven't, there's a two minute YouTube video that showcases Olafs Summer Song.  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rnEB2F_v_cE     )

He is a shot of my Cold thumb and my Warm thumb. If you've seen the movie you will understand why I've chosen to paint these images. If you haven't, there's a two minute YouTube video that showcases Olafs Summer Song. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rnEB2F_v_cE )  

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Here is my finished result!  I hope you enjoyed my representation of So Hot and So Cold!  Thanks to the Judges and Sponsor Gel II!

Here is my finished result! I hope you enjoyed my representation of So Hot and So Cold! Thanks to the Judges and Sponsor Gel II!  

 
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urbanbliss - Commented 4 years ago
This is awesome! Well done Danielle. I must admit this concept did cross my mind, but yours is far better than mine ever would of been I'm sure. Best of luck girl xx
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nailbarLoungePRO - Commented 4 years ago
So Pretty!

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