Category Archives: Inspiration

Visual Inspiration: Christmas

Christmas is only 4 days away, and I have yet to post one Christmas/winter nail art design or art project! I searched Flickr for some inspiration, and I came across these photos to share with you. If they inspire a project or design for you, please put a link in the comments section to a photo of your work so I can check it out!

(These photos are all from a Flickr search for “Christmas” filtered by Creative Commons license, with ability to be used for commercial purposes.)

Christmas #27 - by Kevin Dooley via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

eaton's by paul bica via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: paul bica via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This is a Swarovski Christmas tree, and I like how you can see the sparkles in the photo, as well as the motion blur which turns it into a fuzzy striped/woven pattern

Regent Street - Christmas In London by Simon & His Camera via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Photo credit: Simon & His Camera via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license
The colorful fern/lacy look with the amber against black is so striking!

seventy-three (cc) - by Martin Fisch via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Photo credit: Martin Fisch via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Coral de Natal by Juliana Coutinho via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: Juliana Coutinho via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This one is fun. It makes me think in a different way.

Gingerbread Houses by Diana via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: Diana via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This one looks like it would make a good puzzle

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Technique: Reverse Stamping

Just learned about a technique called reverse stamping, where you combine the techniques of DIY decals (which I’ve mentioned before) and stamping plates to come up with almost a stained glass effect. Yes, I’m a little behind, it’s been out in nail blogs for about a year and a half, but it’s never too late to learn something new.

When I followed all the links back to what seems to be the original design, I found 3 new blogs to follow and great examples of this technique. Follow me through the rabbit hole…

1) Start with Sarah at Chalkboard Nails, who just posted this example of the technique.

2) The tutorial she used was from Drama Queen Nails, who posted this mini-tutorial on Instagram (full version on her blog).

3) She learned the technique from the tutorial by Shatter Me Claire

4) …who modified the technique (to make it easier) from what seems to be the original: this Nailz Craze tutorial (mini-tutorial below, full version on the blog).

Have you tried this technique? How did it turn out?

Visual Inspiration: Red

It’s been a while since I did a Visual Inspiration post, so after a little Flickr search – here it is!

千本鳥居 Photo Credit: Minoir via Flickr Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 License

Photo Credit: Minoir via Flickr – Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 License

red fish, blue fish? : san remy, france (2014) Photo Credit: torbakhopper via Flickr Used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Photo Credit: torbakhopper via Flickr – Used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Let It Fall Photo Credit: Alexis Fam via Flickr Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo Credit: Alexis Fam via Flickr – Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

 

 

Visual Inspiration: Contrast

Found these on Flickr. You can expect some nail art and other projects from these.

Black & White Night - Contrast - the relative difference between light and dark

Photo Credit: Simon & His Camera (simon__syon) on Flickr
Used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

 

Lake Vyrnwy Welshpool Wales ~Dailyshoot2011 High Contrast!

Photo Credit: Les Haines (leshaines123) on Flickr
Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

 

Black Mountain Woodpile

Photo Credit: Les Haines (leshaines123) on Flickr
Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Fall Inspiration

These pictures really make my brain start thinking of all kinds of things. I want to make some nail art (and other artsy projects with them/because of them/inspired by them).

Photo credit: cbenjasuwan

Photo credit: cbenjasuwan via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: porbital via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: porbital via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: graur codrin via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: graur codrin via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: Simon Howden via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo Credit: Simon Howden via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

And these two, which I don’t have the right to post here:

Which picture inspires you most?