I’ve been meaning to write up this post ever since I finished the challenge. I learned a lot from it. It forced me to keep moving and trying new things. I dotticure-d, used water decals and nail foil, covered a nail completely with rhinestones and water marbled for the first time. None of these techniques were as hard as I thought they would be. I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to do them if I weren’t pressed for time and yet desperate to not look like a one-trick pony. I think you’ll see that nail stamping (especially advanced nail stamping) is still my favorite technique.
Well, that’s it: 31 Days of nail art. And with all the practice and new techniques it took, the most important thing I learned is that I am happiest when I let myself have time to enjoy my work. I loved a lot of the nail art I did, but I only got to enjoy it for a short time. I managed to extend it by doing one on each hand, but it still made me unhappy to have to remove it so soon. The pace also forced me to declare “done” nail art that I was not proud of. So while it was a learning experience I would not give up, I am happy to say that this is the only time I will be doing this particular challenge.
The challenges I am planning on doing this year are: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas, 30 Days of Colour, and Inktober (which is not nail art). I will also probably do the ABC Challenge again (even if it isn’t being officially run this year).
I am also trying to complete an Origami Daily Calendar (daily progress posted here). I’ve decided to give it two months before I decide on whether or not it’s something I want to do alllll year or if I just want to skip ahead to the patterns I’m most interested in and call it good. I have a lot of hobbies and origami is never going to be a major one, so we’ll see. 🙂
Edit: I ended up finishing the 31 Day Challenge in 2017 as well, but that’s the last time, I swear!