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"The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions.The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate. The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter games alternating, meaning they each occur every four years." - Wikipedia
We're in the midst of the London 2012 Olympics, lovelies! Are you avidly following the Games? This third installment of Polish Days falls in the middle of the Summer Olympics, perfect event for a themed manicure.
An overwhelming flow of ideas of Olympics-inspired images went through my mind for a couple of weeks. Not practical or achievable on my tiny canvases and limited skills. I narrowed down to the most promiment images of the Games (in my opinion) - the Olympic rings and medals.
I used multi-surface acrylic paints for the rings for a few reasons - I don't have certain colours in polish form, the viscosity and opacity of a set of paints is consistent, and the drying time is longer (ideal for a beginner like me).
I contemplated between a metallic finish or an ombré for the medals. Either was a no-go. So, when in doubt, go with glitter!
I used loose hex glitters in 3 shades, each representing the medals in gold, silver and bronze, in an exaggerated inverted French tip placement.
Also, as a noob, I figured I was bound to make several bad strokes and mistakes that require clean-ups, so I skipped using any base colour to avoid re-doing an entire nail.
Here's an indoor shot at night under fluorescent light:
On the middle finger are bands of colours of the Olympic rings, topped with same-coloured loose hex glitter (except for yellow). The tip was finished with a glitter gradient in Estessimo TiNS The Spicy Pinwheel; a dense mix of tiny square and irregular-shaped champagne gold glitter in a clear base. Bubblies are essential for celebration!
The rings...they were applied using a tiny straw with its end dipped in acrylic paint. Familiar with Yakult straws, anyone?
They were finished with a layer of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.
Here's another shot indoors the next morning:
Here's a parting shot in the sunlight:
Check out the other fabulous Polish Days members' pretty digits, donned in their Olympics-inspired best:
Have a great week!
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