Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Digital Dozen does Black & White - Day 3: Taped Reciprocal Gradient

Ah yes! Today's mani marks the halfway point of this week's challenge. I never realized how difficult it would be to come up with 5 different looks all around the same basic theme. I feel like there is SO much you can do with black and white, yet my brain struggles to realize them. 

I was doing the base gradient for this look and kind of struggling with what I was going to paint over them when inspiration hit. Don't you LOVE when that happens? There will be nothing happening upstairs and then BAM! You know exactly what you want to do and how you're going to execute it. I wish it would happen more often but I suppose I wouldn't appreciate it as much then ;) 
More than anything, this look is tedious to create. You have to do a base gradient and let it dry completely. Then add your tape and do yet another gradient (in the opposite direction) over your tape, remove it, and let that dry. Then, if you haven't already pulled your hair out, you have a ridiculous amount of cleanup ahead of you. I am single handedly keeping the acetone business afloat. While some people like taping around their fingers before doing a gradient, I find that it's more cumbersome than anything and opt for the covered in polish route. 
I did incorporate a new color into my black and white palette. I used China Glaze's White on White and Liquid Leather yet again, but I also used Zoya's Dove as the transition color between the black and white. When I removed my tape after the second gradient, my lines weren't as clean as I had hoped for so I ended up using my clean up brush dipped in acetone to remove the offending polish. I mention this method a bit more in The Digital Dozen's recent striping tape post :) 
Would you be out of ideas for black and white yet? ;) Happy Polishing!