With the gift wrapper that started it all!
What I Used:
Purple base: Sally Hansen Extreme Lengths in Yoyogi Park
Gold foil for the swirls: Orly Luxe
How I Did It:
***Sorry, no graphic today. I realized that each finger was just too random that it really depends on how you go about recreating the swirls. It was too much of an "anything goes" sort of design that's easy to do even without a graphic step by step.
First, you've got to find a purple that works for you. I wanted a color that was the closest match to the wrapping paper so I used Yoyogi Park. I think this is from an older, discontinued line, but A England Avalon or some other red leaning purple should do the trick. Use that as your base color over your favorite base coat. Next, take some of the gold polish and place a drop or two on a piece of aluminum foil or plastic. Dip a fine tipped detail brush in the gold polish and draw swirls in random patterns, mimicking the pattern of the wrapping paper. It's best to work one nail at a time. I also chose different starting points to start the initial swirl to make each nail look distinct. Finish with top coat to seal everything in.
I've forgotten how much fun freehand nail art can be! The best thing about this pattern is that it doesn't need to be perfect. You can have your swirls as compact and tight or as spaced apart as you want. You can also opt to do it where the swirls connect to each other from one nail to the next. I only chose to make each distinct as it was the easier option and required less planning. But then, that's part of the fun: making it up as you go.
Pretty close, right?
Love how it glows in the light!
I was looking for something purple to pose with and spotted this weekender bag I got for a steal ($25!) when my Ross haul in San Antonio didn't fit in my carry on luggage. (Oops. :P)
Full hand shot!
***If the photos look a little blurry, it's because of the resizing I did. I tried to see if picking the "for webpages" option was better to use with the image sizing on the blog. These should load faster since they're all smaller files. It looks like I'll probably go back to my original settings but if you prefer these image sizes, do let me know!
There are so many other color combinations that this can be done with and I hope you give it a go! How's your week been so far? I'm stoked that it's just two more days till the weekend! With awesome summer weather like we've been having lately, weekends become opportunities for mini-getaways. What's a summer activity you look forward to every year? What's the easiest freehand design you've tried? Are you a gift wrapper or a gift bagger?