A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

I had a big case of restlessness all last week so sitting down to do anything just wasn’t happening, hence the lack of posts. So I’m a little late posting this, but I did manage to turn the mani in on time for @aznailartchallenge’s ‘U’ is for UFO. I’m in the collage! 🤸‍♀️

A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

Oh, yes. You know I made this glow in the dark. How could I not?

A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

Pantone 2020 Winter Challenge

#pantone2020winterchallenge - Military Olive, Fudgesickle, Oil Blue
#pantone2020winterchallenge – Military Olive, Fudgesickle, Oil Blue

This was a rather unusual color scheme for a night scene, let alone freehand UFO scene (I am under no illusions that my design is in any way original), but I think I made it work. The hardest part about combining Ine’s challenge with UFOs is that I had to use nail polish for those colors instead of acrylic paint. Here’s the breakdown:

Military Olive – Night Owl Lacquer’s “Crisp Air” (which is still available for sale here)
Fudgesickle – Revlon’s Parfumerie “Chocolate Truffle”
Oil Blue – Wet ‘n’ Wild’s “I Need a Refresh-Mint”

I am deeply amused that I used a chocolate polish for Pantone’s Fudgesickle. If you’re not familiar with Parfumerie, they are a line of scented polishes that Revlon discontinued ages ago. I definitely enjoyed that yummy chocolate scent coming from my nails.

A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

Nail art products used

Base Polish:
Night Owl Lacquer’s Crisp Air
Freehand Painting:
UFOs were painted with acrylic paint. Background sky and trees used polish: Revlon’s “Chocolate Truffle“and Wet ‘n’ Wild’s “I Need a Refresh-mint
Glow in the dark freehand done by mixing glow in the dark acrylic paint with Beauty BigBang’s J2103-4A (press sample)

To freehand with nail polish, it sometimes helps to thin out the polish with acetone or…nail polish thinner. I used a combination of both. The thinner helped keep the polish workable while I painted. Then I used pure acetone to remove a little of the color here and there where I’d gotten a little too enthusiastic.

But, of course, I used acrylic paint where I could because it’s just easier.

AZ Nail Art Challenge

It feels like there were fewer participants for UFOs, but in actuality, there were a few more than we had for turtles. Aliens are just fun. I mean, I’d already painted alien nail art this year, but I definitely wanted to participate. Check out the group tag for all the cool alien manis and feel free to join in for the next prompt: ‘V’ is for Vintage.

#AZNailArtChallenge - 'U' is for UFO collage
#AZNailArtChallenge – ‘U’ is for UFO collage

Glow in the dark tractor beam and Stars

Part of me really wanted to add a little cow in the tractor beam and claim the aliens were having burgers that night, but the angle I painted on it would have made adding the cow hard. Neeext time.

This next photo was taken with a real UV light I’d purchased. It certainly shows off the glow well, but it washes out all the other colors.

A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

In the end, I think I prefer using it to charge the glow in the dark stuff and then take my photos. Lots of careless dots make stars.

A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)
A freehand UFO nail art design with an multichrome olive/red and blue sky, silver UFO with glow in the dark tractor beam and stars.
UFO: Grab and Go (and glow!)

And now we’ve seen the far away photo, which makes this the end. Until next time, friends! 👋

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