Monday, September 16, 2013

31DC2013 Day 16: Navajo Weaving

Today's theme is "tribal print." I wanted to make an attempt to be historically and culturally accurate in my manicure, so I started doing some research on Native American tribes. I eventually found an image of a Navajo blanket from the late 1800s that I really liked and that I thought would translate well. I did end up making a few changes to it so that it made more sense as a nail design. This is my final result!

This is the photograph of the blanket that I based my manicure off of. As you can see I did make a few changes, mainly to the red diamond areas.

Source: Navajo weaving

For my base color, I used Color Club Mod In Manhattan. This off white shade is exclusive to a collection sold in the Birchbox Shop, though you could easily replace it with a shade like Zoya Jacqueline or OPI My Vampire is Buff.

Then, because I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided to try freehanding the thick black stripes on top. I definitely could have done them as a tape manicure (and it would have been way easier) but I need practice on my horizontal stripes. I used Duri Into the Further as the black here.

I used Zoya Pepper as the triangles, and this is one element of the manicure that I did use a tape technique on. The final step was to freehand the black points inside of the space.

I don't know about you guys, but I love the bone white combined with the brick red. There's something so "fall" about it, but it still has the bold graphic appeal from the black stripes.

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  1. I love this, its beautiful! Love the contrast over the stripes too

  2. So gorgeous! I love the simplicity of this.

  3. Gorgeous and I really like that you used the blanket as inspiration and then adapted it for the nail art. :D You always come up with the most amazing nail art's :)

  4. This is a very stunning tribal mani, amazing job!

  5. Love it. I love how many of your manicures look so beautiful, but could be something that perhaps I could try.

  6. I love this. Its simple, but extremely cool at the same time!

  7. They are perfect!

  8. I love that you used the blanket as inspiration! So much better (and not culturally offensive) as a lot of the "tribal manis I see!!!!!!!

  9. this is so cool!!

  10. Love love love the combo of the red, black and off white....its gorgeous and the striping looks fab!


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