Monday, September 29, 2014

The Heir Chronicles - The Dragon Heir: Opal Inspired Nail Art & Tutorial

Hello, all! Today I have a nail art tutorial inspired by the Cinda Williams Chima young adult series, The Heir Chronicles! In a few short weeks, the final book of the 5 part series, The Sorcerer Heir, will be released and in honor of that occasion, a massive blog tour has been underway. 

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

The third week in the tour is all about book 3 in the series, The Dragon Heir. The magical guild of this book are the Seers and one of the main characters ends up coming across a powerful talisman with a giant opal in it called the Dragonheart (which you can see in the above book cover!). So, I've created an opal nail art look inspired by the opal on the book's cover and in the story! 

Click through to see the tutorial for this look and to learn more about the series and blog tour!
1. Paint your nails a dark blue shade and let dry completely. 
2. Take a piece of saran/cling wrap or a cut up sandwich bag and crumple it into a ball. The more crumpled, the more texture it will create in the next steps. 
3. Blob drops of bright blue and teal polish onto your nail in a random pattern. 
4. Blot the wet polish drops with the crumpled up piece of plastic you got ready in step 2. This will create a unique opal blended look. 
5. Repeat this step on all your nails. 
6. Add some dimension to your opals by adding blobs of a light creme shade sparsely on the nail. 
7. Repeat the plastic wrap blotting with the light colored polish now. 
8. Repeat on each nail. If you don't like how some of the colors are blending, don't be afraid to repeat steps 3-7 until you like what you see! 
9. Use a clean-up brush or q-tip dipped in acetone to clean up any polish you might have gotten on your skin during the blending steps. 
10. Add a coat of iridescent flakie top coat over your opal base. This will add the iridescent look that opals are known for. I'm using Essie's Shine of the Times, but there are a few other options available as well. 

You can stop your mani here and enjoy a clean and simple opal look...
Or, add the next two steps to create the prongs that hold the opal in place as they would in a piece of jewelry (or on a talisman. 
11. With black acrylic paint, add a thin black tip to each nail. 
12. Add thin and short lines along the edge of the black ring to create the prongs. 

Finish off the look with a top coat and enjoy! 
For those curious, here's a breakdown of the tools and polishes I used for this look. 
Be sure to follow along with the rest of the posts for The Seers week (and the upcoming weeks!) by checking out the calendar below! 
WEEK 1:  THE WARRIORS: September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS: September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS: September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4:  THE ENCHANTERSOctober 5 – October 11
WEEK 5:  THE SORCERERSOctober 12 – October 18

The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer’s Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s Official Site
Follow Cinda Williams Chima on Twitter
Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter and Instagram

What do you think of these? Do you think you'll be trying out some opal nail art soon? I'm excited to dive into this series, and now that the final book is almost out, I won't have to wait in anguish for the next book in the series to be released ;) 
Happy Polishing! :)