Here's an autumn splatter for you. It's another homage to Jackson Pollock-- the look I was shooting for was Autumn Rhythm (#30) but, color-wise, I ended up somewhere between that and Convergence. I wonder if it would amuse or horrify Jackson Pollock to know that I'm using his paintings as inspiration for my manicures. I figure if the Mona Lisa can be turned into a screen-saver, then being an inspiration for something as pedestrian as a manicure shouldn't be too demeaning, right?
For the base I used American Apparel California Trooper. The splatters were American Apparel Army Jacket, Essie Chinchilly, Barielle Cowl of the Wild, and Barielle Aura Angora. Topcoat is Seche Vite.
Below: photos without flash, in weak daylight.
Below: With Flash
And here's the mess! I definitely recommend taping your fingers to speed up the clean-up.
Anyway, I seem to be getting more adept at this; the paint fumes were more bearable this time.
Tip: You essentially have four steps in this manicure:
1. base coat and base color
2. tape and splatter L.
3. Tape and splatter R
4. Add A LOT of time in between steps
to air out your space, especially between steps 2 and 3.
I used a bobby pin for flinging the paint. I dipped the bobby pin in the polish bottle, and using it like a bubble wand, I blew the polish on my nails. I've tried using a straw, but I am unable to make it splatter; it just sends big globs of polish at my nails.
A paintbrush dipped in acetone works much better than a q-tip. Much more precise.