I tried to come up with some patriotic designs for the 4th of July, but I just wasn’t getting anywhere. And then I thought, well, why do I need to do a flag design? I wanted to think of something distinctly American. What’s more American than Levi’s blue jeans?
Does anyone remember when Bath and Body Works made nail polish? They had two lines: the regular polish and Color Drops, which came in round bottles with little charms on them. I still have a couple of these lovelies (I trot out a Halloween sparkle in October that I’ve had since, like, early high school), and the name stickers have gone missing on most of them. I started with a base of an old Color Drops in denim blue (it might even be the one in that photo I linked) and waited for it to dry a little. I then cut a makeup sponge (from Target, probably) in half and used the rough cut side to sponge on OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw (one of the most cumbersome color names ever), a rich navy from the recent Euro Centrale Collection. I tried to get a fairly even sponge coat, adding texture as well as mixing the colors. I went over it with OPI’s Alpine Snow, again sponged using the rough side of the sponge. Then I did one more rough sponge in my original Color Drops color to create a sort of denim look.
I then drew in a pocket on one nail and added Levi’s iconic copper rivets to all my nails in SquareHue’s Amber Lager (the March O’Hue Collection). I also added a little red Levi’s tag, but it’s tough to see. I may have mistakenly made my pocket swoops the Jordache design instead of a Levi’s one, but Jordache is also an American brand, so it’s all good.
I finished with a coat of Seche Vite to even everything out, since a couple tufts of the sponge stuck to my nails and I had to dig them out, leaving holes. It took a little patience, but I think the color mix worked well with these. No one can ever accuse me of not having enough blues! 😀
Next week: blue! WHATEVER WILL I DO? Ahaha!