Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Digital Dozen does Brands - Day 4: Disney

Whew! We've made it half way through the week! I'm so glad that I was able to get a bunch of manis done on Sunday because this week has felt like 3 weeks. It's been brutal. On Sunday I contemplated holding off on this mani because I had already done 3 that day and I was tired, but I pushed myself to go for it and I'm glad I did. With that, day 4 of Digital Dozen brands week is Disney!

A few of my fellow DD members actually ended up doing Disney this week as well and they've done fantastic jobs. It's pretty cool that of all the brands out there, so many of our members ended up doing this. Living in California, Disney has always been a part of my life. I loved all their movies growing up and watched Beauty and the Beast more times than my Dad would like to recount. I remember being surprised by my parents when they took my sister and I there. I will never forget waking up hearing my sister say something to the effect of "Why are we on Disneyland Docter?"...and know-it-all big sister that I was, I immediatley corrected her and said "It's Disneyland Drive! Gosh!"....and then the lightbulb went on and I realized where we were haha amazing day and Disneyland has provided many a great memory since then. 

Instead of the iconic Mickey Mouse ears, I decided to go a slightly different route and ended up painting the intro image that shows before all of the Disney films. The one with the castle and Tinker Bell flies over sprinkling her fairy dust? Yeah, that one! :D Over the years this logo has been updated and I decided to go with a more recent version because I've been obsessed with the recent Disney movies (Tangled and Frozen, anyone??). 

My first thought was to try and duplicate the castle as best I could, but who am I kidding? There was no way I was going to be able to get that much detail onto my tiny nails. Instead, I opted for the silhouette look that I've been such a fan of in the past. I think it still gets the point across even if I have to smoosh my fingers together to make it happen ;) 
I started out with a gradient of China Glaze's Hanging in the Balance, CG's Sunday Funday, OPI's Kiss Me I'm Brazilian and CG's White on White (in order down my nail). I then used my detail brush and black acrylic paint to add in the castle shape as best I could. I really loved the bright pink clouds in the original image so I dry brushed in the clouds with more of KMIB. The "Walt Disney" text came soon after and cause me some grief. Since Tinker Bell is a must, I added in some white dots in an arc over the castle to try and represent her. And because that wasn't enough, I topped it all off with some China Glaze Fairy Dust ;) 
Overall, I'm happy with how these turned out. I like that they aren't overtly Disney nails, but when you look closer you can see what they are. I really love Disney as a brand and I'm excited to see where they go next with their films and company. 
Do you have a favorite Disney film or memory? Hopefully you all can make it to the happiest place on earth at least once in your life - it's definitely worth it :) 
Happy Polishing :)