Hope that you've been enjoying the bank holiday weekend. Sun's been out in North Wales and the past couple of days have been filled with friends, laughs and champagne. The best way to finish August I'm sure.
This fortnight's When Colours Collide challenge was a tough one. Red, purple and black only and no stamping allowed. They're getting harder. Last year, around October time I saved an image of the Gorillaz at the Kong Studios graveyard to my phone thinking it would make for good Halloween nails, but every time I attempted it I failed miserably. But not one to let something get the better of me I decided I'd give it another shot when the time was right and this felt like the right time.
The Gorillaz are one of my favourite bands. Demon Days is incredible - the Live in Harlem concert looked like one of the concerts of a lifetime, and I've loved Jamie Hewlett since growing up reading Tank Girl. While the original picture didn't have any red on it, it seemed like an easy substitute to exchange the white and grey for red.
I painted the design in with acrylic paints. Close up its not anywhere near as crisp as it oughta be but it's a helluva lot better than previous attempts and was actually enjoyable to do. I picked up some new brushes from Nail Artisan last week and they definitely helped, or at least gave me the kick up the butt and the touch of confidence I needed.
The design was finished with a matte top coat as it was too shiny to take pictures of without.
What do you think? I like it. I keep saying I need to practice my freehand more and manis like this motivate me to. It's just finding the time and the right inspiration. Let me know in the comments.
If you'd like to join the challenge head on over to the Facebook group. You can also find the collage of all of the red, purple and black no stamping manis on the Instagram page. Next up in the challenge - pink and green only. Best get my thinking cap on.