Dec 7, 2012

Aussie Christmas Nail Challenge - Pool Party

Here's my nails for Wednesday's Aussie Christmas Nail Challenge with the theme Pool Party.  So far it seems to take me 2 days to get any nail art finished so I think I need to start these the day before :( 
I must admit I don't have a lot of experience with pool parties.  We don't have a pool and I grew up without a pool.  None of the family or our immediate circle of friends has a pool and the kids are still learning to swim (without a pool it's a bit hard).  I do know pool parties involve a pool though so I started by painting the water.  I'm still wearing red Gelicious polish so first I had to cover it up for my Pool Party nails which meant extra drying time before I could get to the 'art stage. It worked though, you'd never know my nails are bright red under all this.

I used 3 coats of Lime Crime Once in a Blue Mousse for my cover up base colour then I used the glad wrap technique from the other day to layer on Layla Softouch Effect 10 and Cult Nails Living Water.  I think the layers of blue look something like rippling pool water (it helps if you squint).

Then I ruined it.  I stamped over the giraffe pattern from one of the Bundle Monsters plates.  The design was too short for my nails so rather than having a precise cut off line I stamped randomly and roughly, for patchy water ripples.  I was aiming for something like a David Hockney painting, I love his pool paintings.  I used Barry M Silver Foil Effects for the stamping.  I quite liked how it turned out but then I tried to paint on a pool lilo and swim ring and it turned out horrid :(  I really need to get a better brush for fine work (and glasses).

I left it too late to join the Linkz for this theme but here's the other girls who joined the party.
1. ErinZi's Nails  3. Melmyissta  5. Lissa's Polish Addiction  
2. Every Little Polish  4. Jas's Blingtastic Nails  6. More Nail Polish  


  1. OMG!!! This mani is so gorgeous! Love the color and the design. Great job! Keep us posted.

  2. I really like this! I think the messy-painterly look of the pool floaties makes it look like a real artwork :)


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