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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Nail Art Blocking

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz nail art by @chalkboardnails

In the 31 Day Challenge, some days you win, some days you lose. And you probably won't have the time or the energy to scrap a mani that you may not be crazy about! So here we are.

It's inspired by a book day, and I decided to get creative and try doing three distinct segments of nail art, all related to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. From top to bottom, we've got the Emerald City, the yellow brick road, and the poppy fields. I love the idea in theory, but my execution leaves a bit to be desired.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz nail art by @chalkboardnails

Nail polishes and products used:
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
Dermelect Belle Epoque
Polish My Life Birthday Suit
OPI Coca Cola Red
Sally Hansen Going Green
Formula X Dark Matter
China Glaze Running In Circles
Painter's tape

So I'm calling this one "nail art blocking" vs. "blocking nail art" because I am actually making blocks of different nail art looks. Blocking nail art, to me, is when the blocking is the essence of the nail art. How's that for logic?

I started by painting my nails yellow and adding the yellow brick road detailing. Then, I added a coat of quick dry topcoat and waited for it to dry completely. I taped off the triangles with painters tape, and then added the Emerald City and poppy fields blocks. A final swipe of topcoat and the mani was done!

If I were to do this again, I think I'd try freehanding the sections instead of taping them. I'd also use a lighter color for the brick outlining.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz nail art by @chalkboardnails

Previous literary manicures include:

21 comments:

  1. I don't think you should have done the brick detail differently. The lines aren't a solid colour which you would expect from brick detailing.
    They're fab!


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  2. Well thank you very much for the encouragement! :)

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  3. I actually love these nails & think you shouldn't be hard on yourself. This may be one of my favorite looks you've ever done!

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  4. Wow, thankyou! I'm glad you like it so much. I know mentally that I shouldn't be so hard on myself, which may be why I ended up posting it anyway instead of scrapping it and rushing to replace. But still, it does push me to always work smarter!

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  5. I think this is AMAZING! What a brilliant idea :)

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  6. I love it. Super creative and unique.

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  7. I have had a few manis during this year's challenge where I just sucked it up and posted them. A bummer but it is what it is. This mani however should not be on your scrap list- it's awesome!

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  8. Thanks! And isn't it funny how people seem to prefer the manis that you don't like? That's how it feels for me, sometimes, haha.

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  9. Haha - happens to me all the time! I'm always like "Really?! *shrug* Thanks!"

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  10. Divine!! I love it, even though you don't! :)

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  11. I LOVE this idea and this mani! absolutely gorgeous ♥

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  12. That's a very creative idea. That book is quite well known but I don't think I could have thought of it :)

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  13. I am loving this so much! It's amazing!

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  14. This is soo creative! You're too hard on yourself.

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  15. Love, love, love this!

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  16. Girl, there is nothing wrong at all with these, they are actually awesome!

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  17. These are SO GOOD!! I love the intersecting emerald glitter, yellow brick road and poppies. You really captured the feel of the story!

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