NAILS NTNA Pre-challenge 1 -Cover Artist

 
 
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Nail art and the various scenes it depicts were on my mind, as I sat timid yet excited thinking of a cover idea to choose for this contest. I stumbled upon a cover which immediately spoke to me, personally by the artwork but also the month. January being my birth month, and the year 2014 was the beginning of a great year for my nail art journey. To add value to this I noticed the caption “The Perfect Puzzle.”

Yes! This would be the theme, no other would bring fulfillment to what I would like to portray. As I recall my childhood I had grown to love building puzzles, a game my dad and I would play every Christmas. He would buy me a 500 pieces or more puzzle and if I finished by Boxing Day, I would get another gift of my choice. At times because of his love for me he would assist me in meeting the deadline; where most times I would request another puzzle to enjoy building at leisure.

When my dad died in 2009, not only did I lost someone I loved, but knew even in that life changing experience, life became like my puzzle. This challenging puzzle has each chapter of my life creating the mystery of a masterpiece.

This theme has inspired me; since applying for Nails Next Top Nail Artist became just like that puzzle I have always wanted, it is a challenging one and being able to participate is a great honor.

I love the various shades of blue on the cover so I incorporated the concept in my background as the color blue symbolizes loyalty, faith, trust and confidence. Attributes I need and have for this competition. It also represents the sky, where I imagine my Heavenly Father and dad faithfully cheering me on. The hand holding the piece of puzzle represents the opportunity given to me by Nails Magazine; being placed in the Top 24, then hopefully continuing to make the finals. This represents the other pieces of the puzzle that will help, as each weekly challenge is presented to me, building the perfect puzzle.

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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On gently buffed white gel nails, lightly draw a rough sketch of the puzzle pieces. Outline using a black nail art polish brush.

On gently buffed white gel nails, lightly draw a rough sketch of the puzzle pieces. Outline using a black nail art polish brush.  

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In various shades of blue nail polish to represent the sky, using short brush strokes and circular motions polish the  background till you have the desired look.

In various shades of blue nail polish to represent the sky, using short brush strokes and circular motions polish the background till you have the desired look.  

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Using a fine detail brush and various colors of nail polish in a quick swiping motion in the pieces of puzzles giving it a splattered effect and continued polishing the hands with a mix of nude acrylic paint and light brown nail polish.

Using a fine detail brush and various colors of nail polish in a quick swiping motion in the pieces of puzzles giving it a splattered effect and continued polishing the hands with a mix of nude acrylic paint and light brown nail polish.  

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Using white nail polish and a nail art brush fill in the puzzle pieces making the word “NEXT” and letters “kly” and the top part of a “w” to the bottom index finger also a burgundy color polishing letters in selective pieces.

Using white nail polish and a nail art brush fill in the puzzle pieces making the word “NEXT” and letters “kly” and the top part of a “w” to the bottom index finger also a burgundy color polishing letters in selective pieces.  

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Continue outlining each piece using black nail art polish.\n

Continue outlining each piece using black nail art polish.\n  

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Finally add top coat to seal and your done.

Finally add top coat to seal and your done.  

 
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getbuffednails - Commented 4 years ago
Awesome, love them 😘
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KerlysNails - Commented 4 years ago
Thank you hun ;)
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miss419 - Commented 3 years ago
Such a beautiful story and nail art.. I truly hope u win/won.. best of luck in this

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