Silver Art Deco…

So yesterday my mum and I went on a trip to a casino in Edinburgh. It’s housed in a beautiful art deco building called ‘The Maybury‘ so I wanted my nails to reflect that style. It’s been a while since I’ve done some line work, and as you can see I’m a bit out of practice!

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Happy Birthday Gran…

So today is my Grans 90th birthday! We’re planning on taking her out for the day to South Queensferry (it’s a picturesque harbor village) where we’ll have tea and cake, before going on a short boat cruise of the River Forth to look at the bridges. I’m going to get her one of those massive birthday badges to wear, if I can find one for 90, because I think it’s quite an impressive age to reach. Maybe a 9 and a 0 side by side would work if push comes to shove…

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Tillandsia Skulls…

So I’m super excited to finally be able introduce my ‘Tillandsia Skulls’! What do yous think? Have a look through them and tell me what one’s your fave!

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Natural Neutral Side Water Mark
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Natural Neutral Water Mark
Galaxy Gemstone Water marked

I’ve been working hard on them for the past few weeks figuring out things like scale and paint finishes, refining the sculpting process and finding out what looks cool as inserts. (Sea glass and gemstones are a yes!)

They’re hand sculpted from clay, dried, painted and then paired with their Tillandsia (airplant) horns. Each skull ends up being completely unique due to the nature of their creation – I just can’t sculpt the exact same shape each time! I can get close, but they’re not clones. The skulls come with a hole in the back of them allowing them to be hung on your wall.

Tillandsias are usually pretty hardy; they enjoy a bright room but not direct sunlight and require a light misting every week or so with plain water. I’d advise removing them from your wall to do this in case you end up with water spots on your wallpaper or paint. There’s no need to worry about the paint on the skull though, as it’s been varnished and therefore mist proof!

I’ve not yet listed any on my Etsy shop as I’m reserving their debut for my craft-show appearance on the 12th and 13th this month. It’s in Livingston Shopping center so if you’re around be sure to come say hi! I’ll also have my plantosaurs and tote bags with me. (Also stay tuned for a peek at what my stall will hopefully look like on the day.)

BornPrettyStore: Cute Animal Plate…

So I’ve not written a review in a long longย time, apologies! Genuinely, does everyone still find my reviews interesting or at least inspirational?

I received this ‘Cute Animal stamping plate‘ from BornPrettyStore and there are some seriously cute patterns to use. A lot of them are ‘stamp and go’ meaning there’s no need to faff about with reverse stamping and the likes so it’s perfect for pros and beginners alike.

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Being a bit of a dinosaur fan, it was an easy call as to which image I was going to use first. I created a very simple background, using scrunched up tinfoil to dab polish on to the green base and started to stamp with the dinosaur image. It only took two practice pick-ups for the plate to warm-up (it’s kind of like breaking in new shoes), meaning what you see below is the third: how crisp is that!

Dino Stamping Collage

Granted, I was using Konad stamping polish meaning it’s highly pigmented but still pretty impressive especially the dinos tails, spikes and horns.

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The next image I chose to use on the plate was one that I could use create a stamping decal with. The rabbits seemed pretty fun, and I like the addition of the broccoli and carrots – cute! Some of the finer lines on the rabbits faces were a little trickier to pick up but nothing too noticeable once it’s on the nail.

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Pretty cute huh? This is another example of a BornPrettyStore plate that’s suitable for a variety of themes/holidays. For example rabbits for easter, penguins for winter, hedgehogs for autumn and bats for Halloween.

The last design I created was again a quick stamp and go one, featuring some giraffes. Now on the plate the giraffes are actually part of a pattern, but I chose to discard the surplus animals leaving one on the stamping head at a time. Just because an image is etched in a certain way doesn’t mean you need to use it as such!

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If you feel like trying this plate out for yourself, remember to use my code ‘AZYW10’ to receive 10% off any full priced items in your order. The plate is currently (31/7) half price and BornPrettyStore does free shipping so why not go for it!

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Pokemon Theme: Mewtwo and Mew

So, IT’S FINALLY DONE – I’ve painted all of the original 151 pokemon! (I’m embarrassed to say it’s taken around 3 years to complete) I’ll be putting all the nails together to take a photo of the whole collection, so stick around for that later in the week.

Even though Mewtwo and Mew do not directly evolve from one another, it felt right to paint them as a pair as Mewtwo was born from Mew.

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Lonesome Lizard…

So for the whole time I was in Majorca, I was constantly searching for lizards! Apparently you should be able to see them just chilling or scurrying about and I love looking out for foreign wildlife. (I saw a hellish looking flying insect by the pool which turned out to be a not so scary ‘Mud Dauber‘) Therefore I was super disappointed when I saw not a single one, not even a flash of lizard tail or anything. The closest I got was purchasing a lizard magnet for my mum for a souvenir.

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