Saturday, February 9, 2013

Flip Flop February - Abstract

Today is a challenge that I was looking forward to. I thought up several ideas for abstract nails, but one idea stuck out in particular to me.

These nails are abstract indeed! If you're familiar with art, you may recognize these as being heavily inspired by Piet Mondrian's work. Mondrian was part of the De Stijl movement, which advocated pure abstraction, harmony, and order. Here are a couple examples of Mondrian's work:


I suppose a lot of art can be considered abstract. Abstract art isn't always straight clean lines or bold colors, but that is something that I like in it. I know not a lot of people enjoy this type of artwork, but I think it's pretty interesting!

To create this design, I started by painting each nail with Cult Nails Tempest. I then took black striping tape and placed it somewhat randomly on each nail, horizontally and vertically to create different sized squares and rectangles. I then carefully filled in some random areas with China Glaze Red Satin, KleanColor Neon Yellow, and KleanColor Neon Sapphire.

It was definitely a little tedious to create this look, but I love the end product. I think the most difficult part was cutting all the little pieces of striping tape, and then trying to carefully cut off the excess around each nail. I finished it with a coat of Seche Vite to seal the tape in too. 

Although I love them, they are short lived! On to the next challenge for tomorrow. 

1 comment:

  1. Cute mani. This would be perfect for nay time of year by changing the colors used. I like the basics of red yellow and blue, but could see bright neons for summer or Easter egg colors for spring. I like the colorblocked style of Mondrian.


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