Wednesday, February 13, 2013

W is for ...

Hello everyone and welcome to another ABC Challenge post! This week we're up to the letter W. Coming up with words to use for each letter and then creating a nail art design for that word is harder than it sounds! My mind goes blank every week, so I usually scroll through dictionary sites to find my word of the week. I thought there was absolutely nothing to do this week that I could then link to Valentine's Day, but I finally came up with something. And it has no pink!!

W is for ... Wings of Love.


nails nailart nail art polish mani manicure Spellbound Lacquer ABC Challenge letter W is for Wings of Love bird cage birdcage caged bird love cursive flying fly away heart hearts black white LA Colors Energy Source Petites Night elegant sweet holiday Valentine's Day design

I have wanted to do a caged bird mani forever! And I completely and totally adore how this one turned out!! I started with 3 coats of LA Colors Energy Source. More coats than I usually use, but since so much of the white was going to show I didn't want any chance of this being sheer or patchy. The black is Petites Night. I tried to keep everything connected between nails. The open birdcage, the cursive love, and the bird all leading to the heart. 


nails nailart nail art polish mani manicure Spellbound Lacquer ABC Challenge letter W is for Wings of Love bird cage birdcage caged bird love cursive flying fly away heart hearts black white LA Colors Energy Source Petites Night elegant sweet holiday Valentine's Day design

I love this mani so much that I couldn't seem to stop taking pictures. I tried to choose one from every angle so you can get the full effect.


nails nailart nail art polish mani manicure Spellbound Lacquer ABC Challenge letter W is for Wings of Love bird cage birdcage caged bird love cursive flying fly away heart hearts black white LA Colors Energy Source Petites Night elegant sweet holiday Valentine's Day design


nails nailart nail art polish mani manicure Spellbound Lacquer ABC Challenge letter W is for Wings of Love bird cage birdcage caged bird love cursive flying fly away heart hearts black white LA Colors Energy Source Petites Night elegant sweet holiday Valentine's Day design


nails nailart nail art polish mani manicure Spellbound Lacquer ABC Challenge letter W is for Wings of Love bird cage birdcage caged bird love cursive flying fly away heart hearts black white LA Colors Energy Source Petites Night elegant sweet holiday Valentine's Day design

I actually sacrificed an old nail art brush to do this mani. I couldn't get the lines small and delicate enough for the birdcage and the cursive love with the brushes I have, so I cut some bristles off an old brush to make it thinner! A great use for old brushes and cheaper than buying a thinner brush!!

It looks intricate and elegant, but is actually pretty simple when you break it down by nail. I found the hardest part is actually the birdcage, at least for me. Don't try to twist your hand around to do it right-side-up — this will just make your hands shaky and it's harder/messier to do an 'n' shape with nail polish; it's so much easier to leave your hand pointed straight away from you and just create a U on your nail. Create a smaller U inside that making sure the bottom of your u's touch/overlap and put a line down the middle. Add a line across the bottom, a handle at the top, and an open door on the side.

I really hope you enjoy this mani as much as I do. Check back tomorrow for the last Valentine's Day mani.

4 comments:

  1. cute nails! lovely :)

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  2. Aw! This is such a cute and creative little manicure Ashley! Now I wanna do one like this XD.

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  3. this is just gorgeous, love it <3

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