Tuesday, September 24, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 22: Inspired by a Song

Today is a bit of milestone for me - this is my 200th blog post! And I am so incredibly happy that today's mani turned out even better than I was hoping for! 

Today's theme was "Inspired by a Song"...which can be taken a few ways I'm sure, but I decided to be inspired by a specific lyric. One of my all time favorite artists is Florence + the Machine. I'm obsessed. Total fan girl. If any of you ever have tickets to see her, I will trade you my polish collection for them. 

I was listening to the song Shake It Out and when she got to the lyric "It's always darkest before the dawn" I had a sudden burst of inspiration and knew exactly what I wanted to do...so, without further ado, here they are!

This is a pretty simple look to create on your own. I did a 4 polish gradient for the background - OPI's Incognito in Sausalito, Keeping Suzi at Bay, Can't Find My Czechbook, and A-Piers to be Tan -  and then used black acrylic paint and my detail brush to add in the mountains at the bottom. I considered stopping here but I felt like it needed a little extra oomph so I added the stars in with some white acrylic paint and I'm really glad that I did. 
I think part of why I love these so much is they remind me of the desert. I grew up visiting my great grandparents in the Anza Borrego desert in Southern California and this just reminds me so much of the mountains and skies that you see there. Very nostalgic for me :)
If you haven't heard any of Florence's music, here is the video for Shake it Out (and the full lyrics here!):
What do you think of these? Which song would you have been inspired by if you were doing an "inspired by a song" mani? 

Happy Polishing :)