Sep 15, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 15: Delicate Print

You guys! We've reached day 15! I can't believe I've made it this far :D It's been so inspriring to see all the other bloggers doing the challenge, and to come up with something different each day.

Today the theme is delicate print. I've been waffling back and forth between stamping and freehanding something, in the end I decided to go the more challenging road for me and set the stamps aside.

The base of this polish is Essie Mesmerized, which you might have seen on day 12. As a complementary color, I used Essie Topless and Barefoot. 

It's really hard for me to describe how I got to the finished product here. The first idea I had was to built upon my polka dots mani from day 11. I started with the "fishtail" tip in Topless and Barefoot, then dotted first with Topless and Barefoot and after with Mesmerized, to create the eyelet effect. 
I then drew on the rest of the fishtail with Mezmerised to create the little petal-like shapes. 
On the base of my nail, I dotten first with Topless and Barefoot an then again with Mesmerized to create the scalloped edge. 
I had a lot of space in the middle of my nails left, so I filled the thumb, middle and pinky with a flower I drew on with a small brush. 
On the pointer and ring finger, I drew a single chevron in Topless an Barefoot and then drew lines over it with Mesmerized in a zig zag pattern. I added some dots and called it a day :D

Here's another picture for everyone who read through that horrible step description! I think I could've done this mani more efficiently, had I planned it out before, but in the end I'm happy with what came out of it, and I think that's what counts. I suppose I could do a real tutorial with pictures along the way if anyone is interested? Let me know!


  1. Brilliant! I love this mani so much!
    It looks like you used stencil pattern but a second look shows it's not. It's so beautifully made!!!

  2. I would love to see a tutorial! I really like your design, it's very pretty and I just adore the colors you used. I really want Mesmerize :)

    1. You should get Mesmerized as soon as you can! But be warned, it likes to stain your nails. I'll get that tutorial up as soon as possible!

  3. Gorgeous!! Before I started reading, I was thinking what stamp is that!? Must have it!! Love that you freehanded everything :D

    1. Thank you, that's a very sweet compliment!