Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens (macro)

Bridge to the Heavens

My nail art has been much simpler lately due to both time and challenge prompt constraints, but this design is as extra as I get using 9 polishes, 5 stamping plates, and 11 advanced stamping decals (for just one hand). You’ll understand why when you see the prompt image that Tena (@nailsit) picked for February’s #NailsWithIgFriends. It’s a gorgeous painting by an artist named Nils Gleyen. He posted it to FB (here) in February of 2018.

#nailswithigfriends' prompt: art by Nils Gleyen
#nailswithigfriends’ prompt: art by Nils Gleyen

And here I go…

Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens

With such an ornate piece for inspiration, I knew I’d have to trim down the number of elements bopping around so I could fit it all on one hand. You’ll notice the animal flying away from the bridge became a flying fish instead of a bird. I also chose two different florals and the Japanese red maple instead of trying to capture them all.

(I am a little sad that I didn’t fit the corgi in somewhere.)

Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens

Products used

Base Polishes:
Night Owl Lacquer’s It Mustard Been Love
Stamping Polishes:
Born Pretty’s “Dim Light“, Deep Foggy, and “Orange Autumn” (press sample); Hit the Bottle’s “A Vermillion to One“; and KADS Pearly Reddish Orange
Advanced Stamping Polishes:
Smacker’s “Wickedly Stylish“; KADS Pearly Reddish Orange; and Zoya’s Ireland and “Tulip
Stamping Plates:
Born Pretty Sweet Dream-A001 (flying fish), Clear Jelly Stamper CjS-36 (gardenias), Harunouta L069 (Japanese maple), Maniology BM-S330 (bridge), and ZJoy-024 (floral stalk and butterflies

You may also have noticed that I used the same shades (including the stamping polish) for my gardenias that I used in Peach Pink Poppies. When you find a winning combo… 😂

I also very much adore the stunning shade of mustard I used for the first time: Night Owl Lacquer’s “It Mustard Been Love“. (Psst! It’s still available for purchase). A lot of mustard shades are de-saturated but not really grungy. This one is a little bit dirty and I’m loving it.

Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens
Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens

Still works from a bit of a distance, but much further and I’m sure it will all be a blur…

Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens

Matte-ify…

And I decided to try it matte. I think that, once again, I’m loving the glossy just a little bit more, but they’re still quite pretty. I love the way the metallic stamping polish glows.

Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens (matte)
Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens (matte)
Ornate orientalesque nail art on a mustard background with a bridge, flying fish, gardenias, and a Japanese maple.
Bridge to the Heavens (matte macro)

#NailsWithIgFriends collage

And now for the collage which is not going to be enough since such pretty art meant some really amazing designs. Go check out the group tag! (Though it has become diluted with non-challenge posts. *sigh*) The next host for the challenge is Caroline (@tinkerbell1970s), but she has not yet posted the prompt yet, so… Keep your eyes peeled?

#nailswithigfriends - February 2020 collage
#nailswithigfriends – February 2020 collage

That’s it, my friends! I have more nail art to share (photos taken and all) so hopefully the next post will come soon. Until then, stay healthy and happy! 🙋‍♀️

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