Actual conversation I had with myself regarding this manicure at its completion:
“Huh, this is pretty. Looks a bit dotted and hazy in that Monet sort of way. *snort* – Maybe a fake Monet sort of way. Faux Monet. Ohmihgod, FAUXNET!” Then I nearly upended the coffee table trying to dash out of the room and write this bit of inspired humour down. 😉
But no, actually, with all respect to Miss Cher Horowitz, I don’t think this manicure is a full-on Monet – contrary to her definition, I think it looks good both up close and at a distance.
As with nearly all good things, this look was achieved in a purely accidental manner. I was actually going for a smoosh mani here. That’s a super easy nail art technique where you dab a few polishes onto a bit of crinkled up plastic wrap and then dab it onto your nails. It gives you this mottled sort of look that apparently, depending on the polishes you use, makes your nails look like mini Impressionist paintings. I actually did a manicure some weeks ago using this technique, just in much bolder colours. It was very pop art.
And that’s the great thing about this dead easy nail art technique – all you have to do is switch up the polishes and you have an entirely new look. I love this very The Artist’s Garden-inspired (okay, okay, accidentally inspired) bit of nail art; it’s a very pretty look to wear into the end of another warm summer week.
Day 27’s always-daunting theme in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge was artwork, and so I thought I’d simply whip up these very Impressionistic nails – you know, just dash off my interpretation of one of the Masters hard at work (in this case Monet.) Nuthin’ to it!
But actually, aside from a bit of a time and a lot of patience in wrangling about 15 different bottles of nail polish, these nails were not that difficult. Best of all, I think they’re full-on Monets – all right at a distance, but a big old mess up close. And considering the source on that bit of wisdom (Cher Horowitz of Clueless) I’m feeling quite positive about my first attempt at art forgery. 😉
Bahahahaha! Okay, so I don’t know what happened with this manicure here, my attempt at layers of delicate climbing flowers, but to quote the great Cher Horowitz, it’s a full-on Monet (that means at a distance it looks all right, but up close it’s a big old mess.) Hagsville, as Christian would then snottily sneer. All right, so perhaps not Hagsville – this manicure is still pretty, it’s just a touch messy and a whole lot ill-defined. It happens, particularly when you’re trying to cram a too-complicated design into the day’s final remaining hour of photo-friendly sunlight. In summary, don’t rush things, and, as always, Clueless is awesome.