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Saturday, September 28, 2013

31DC2013 Day 28: Textured American Flag

Today's 31 Day Challenge prompt is "inspired by a flag" and I decided to create a variation on the American flag using textured polishes. It's pretty simple in concept and in execution and yet it has a fancy end result!



This look was created by starting with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff. I figured the textured polishes would get a little faded after sponging them on, so I chose an off-white base to go along with the faded style.

After letting my base dry completely, I placed striping tape going down my nails, creating a sort of half moon shape near the cuticle. Then, I painted OPI Get Your Number and OPI Magazine Cover Mouse on to a triangle makeup wedge. I use it to do two rounds of sponging over the tape, and then removed the tape to reveal the off-white stripes.

TIP: Remember to block off your fingers to protect them from the mess. Dry Elmer's glue, tape, or Liquid Palisade are all great options!



Tape nail art using textured polishes is always really intriguing to me. The combination of smooth and rough in one manicure is so delectable!

More 31 Day Challenge
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My flag nails from 2012!
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19 comments:

  1. This looks sooo cool! I love how it looks even more textured than when the liquid sands are normally applied- is that because you used a sponge?

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  2. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedSeptember 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Looks great!! Love the sparkle from the textured polishes!! :)

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  3. this is more than great!!!

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  4. This is awesome! I love how it turned out.

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  5. This looks so cool! Love the way it looks!

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  6. These look neat!

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  7. What is this sponge technique you're talking about?

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  8. That is really impressive! Even the light sparkles in the blue look like the stars on the flag. Awesome idea and great job!

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  9. This is an awesome look! Makes me want to do something like this for the next patriotic holiday!

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  10. Cathy - More Nail PolishSeptember 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    This design is so creative. I love the abstract faded interpretation of the flag, sponging the textured polishes gives amazing results.

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  11. wow! I'm speechless! It's amazing and so creative!

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  12. amazing result!

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  13. Hi Heather! It's a gradient sponge technique where you paint polish right on a sponge and then use that to transfer the polish to your nails.

    I demonstrate the technique in the first part of this video: http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2013/07/tutorial-beauty-and-beach-summer-nail.html

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  14. Yep! I think what happens is that the regular polish part of the textured polish base gets soaked up, but the chunky textured pieces remain on the sponge surface. Pretty neat!

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  15. Well it looks super cool! I'll have to try this :)

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  16. Such a great idea! You are a master! ;)

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