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Monday, January 14, 2013

Abstracted Lava Lamp

Hey guys! I'm not totally sure where today's nail art came from. Well, that's not completely true; the color scheme was lifted directly from a quilt that my mom is working on for me as a Christmas present (she gave me an IOU at the time because of how busy the season is). But the shapes? Those came from precisely nowhere!


I began with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Then I grabbed my medium length striper and freehanded on some random shapes, beginning with GOSH Deep Sea Blue, the dark navy shade. Then, using my next color (OCC Grandma, the coral) I painted on some additional shapes, making sure that they fit in well with the shapes that I had already done. I guess it's kind of like a lazy puzzle! I repeated this process with Essence Bonnie and Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver until my nails were filled with shapes!


I wasn't sure what to call this manicure, but after looking at the shapes for a bit I realized they kind of looked like the blobs in a lava lamp. I guess I sort of just ran with that idea for the title! Anyone else got any brilliant ideas?


I like the way the shapes came out in this manicure but what I really love is the color scheme. The blues and teals all sort of fit in together, but then they're broken up by the addition of the bright coral. I can't wait to show you guys my quilt in this palette when it's done -- I hope to make a nail design that mimics it!




Hope you've enjoyed this bit of nail art, thanks for reading! (Love you Mom!)

31 comments:

  1. This is amazing! Really unique idea, and lovely choice of colours x x

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  2. The color scheme really reminds me of Koi in a pond! :) So pretty!

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  3. I love this! It definitely resembles a lava lamp, even the colors :)

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  4. Wow these seem like they'd jump out at you if you put on 3D glasses! =D
    While the colors aren't really my thing I love the design and vibrancy! Gonna pin it for inspiration! ;D

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  5. I love it!! Such a fun design!!!

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  6. Lava lamp or, for some reason, Spongebob. Not sure why xD

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  7. Really cool design :) You are very creative!

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  8. Really like this one. Love the color combo

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  9. this is so beautiful and so unique!

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  10. Total love for this mani. I love the bright happy colors and freeform shapes. Great mani!

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  11. Amei a nail art, ficou linda.
    Passei para conhecer seu cantinho, e aqui fiquei, parabéns pelo blog.
    Passa lá no meu para conhecer também.
    http://esmaltesdedivas.blogspot.com
    Kisses e boa noite.

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  12. This is the most good looking design i seen latly , i love it!

    www.facebook.com/GloriaAgostina

    www.gloria-agostina.com

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  13. Never mind where the pattern inspiration came from, this looks very nice!

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  14. Hahaha, that looks really like a lava lamp! So good. Love it!

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  15. My first thought was that the illusion of movement reminded me of a koi pond; I see another commenter though so as well. OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls seems to be a popular base; I just bought it yesterday for half off. Quilting moms are the best, aren't they? I'm curled up in one of Mom's quilts right now.

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  16. The shapes kinda remind me of amoeba under the microscope or a lava lamp. Very cool, I would love to see it in different colours too!

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  17. This looks really cool! These are awesome colours too!

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  18. This mani reminds me of some paper cuts by Matisse. Love it! :-*

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  19. Very very beautiful!! And the colors are great!

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  20. these are so gorgeous! thanks for the post!

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