Saturday, 20 October 2012

Fall is when the leaves change colour

I've recently noticed that the leaves are getting really gorgeous. I have no idea when the peak time is/was/when it will be, but I'm definitely seeing more intense reds and oranges now. I tried to capture this colour shift that the leaves undergo during this time of year - definitely one of the best things about fall! I actually tried several different background colours for this design, but gray won out in the end. 

The gray came out a little thick and the colour changes are subtle, but all in all, I think this looks quite pretty! A lot more work went into this  than meets the eye. I first sponged on a gradient for the colour shift using my regular sponge method (I've lined up the colours in the same order that I used them, in the picture below). Then I used the polish brush from my Factory Grey to outline the leaf shapes and fill in the negative space. This made it a bit difficult to make many leaves on each nail - if I were to do this again, I'd probably try with a smaller brush. If you think there's an easier and better way I could have pulled this off, let me know! Maybe if I had a really small leaf-shaped hole punch, I could have used tape?

Polishes:
Left to right: Orly "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe", China Glaze "Harvest Moon", "Riveting", "Ruby Pumps", American Apparel "Factory Grey"
Hoped you like these, and have a good one!

8 comments:

  1. Hmm, I haven't try it myself but how about cutting the sponges into small leaves shape and just use to stamp the gradient leave on? Love this idea though! The colour shift leaves are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! :) Hmm, I feel like I wouldn't be able to get the sponge as small as I would like. I actually bought an exacto knife and some painter's tape today, maybe this will be my solution!

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  2. Hi there! I saw one of your mani's on the daily nail and it was absolutely gorgeous! Awesome blog! Brava!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am curtsying right now.

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  3. I tried to leave a comment on these over the weekend but I was on my phone, which is finicky with Blogger commenting for some reason. Anyway, I really like these! The gradient is subtle but really cool looking. I think to make it easier you could probably just freehand on the leaves with a small brush and blend the colors together while they're still wet!

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    1. Hahaha thanks for coming back to comment! :D Ohh I never thought about that. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get as clean edges with freehand, that's an idea!

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