Day 4 of the 31 Day Challenge is Green! If you don't know what the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge is you can head over to the FAQ over at Chalkboard Nails. She does a great job explaining everything.
Also, make sure you're following along with the hashtag #31DC2015 on social media (especially Instagram) to see what everyone else is doing for the prompts.
I had the hardest time deciding on a design for green. I had about 5 ideas and I tried three of them before finally deciding to just start with a gradient and see what it inspired. It turns out that it reminded me of a background in a beautiful piece of jewelry I saw on Pinterest, so I decided to recreate something similar on my nails. I did a combo of freehand and stamping that I think captures it pretty well.
I think it captures the essence of the piece very well!
I started with a gradient using Black Luna Lacquer Cat Eyes and China Glaze The Grass Is Lime Greener. I loved this combo of greens and although it seems like my bottle of Cat Eyes doesn't really glow anymore, it couldn't be happier with how the gradient looks in the light.
I wanted to keep it looking like artwork, so I used a tiny brush to lightly dab the paint on for the tree and the lower treetops along the bottom. The black is just my black Stripe Rite Striper and the darker green is Cult Nails Grunge.
I used my 2-03 Plate from Uber Chic Beauty along with my trusty Cult Nails Nevermore to stamp on the birds along the top. I added a shiny topcoat as you can see above, but of course I also had to try these matte. Allison @whimsicalicious said they look more "eerie" that way. What do you think?
This is the first time I've done a nail art like this, and I can't help but love them. I am really enjoying wearing all these designs, even if it is only for a day at a time.
Where do you find your nail art inspiration?
**Cult Nails Grunge was provided for my previous review. All other shades and tools were purchased by me or given to me as gifts. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**