Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paint All the Nails Presents: Monochrome

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Hey all! It's that time of the month in which my fellow Paint All the Nails bloggers and I link up in a group nail art challenge. This month we voted on Monochrome as the theme and I am over-the-top excited to share with you what I came up with. 

When we picked the theme of Monochrome, to make it more of a challenge, it was decided that we could be keeping a strict interpretation of the theme, no other colors beyond grayscale. I love black and white together and while I do appreciate bright pops of color, a stark black and white contrast is one of my favorite things to see. I had a number of ideas that I wanted to try so I ended up with not one, but three designs! Let's start with the first one:

For my first attempt, I decided to try a simple black and white stamped look. Stamping is not something I do as often as freehand nail art, so while I like how this flows together, I wish it was just a bit more crisply done. Gotta practice my stamping technique more. I used Rica Whiteout as my base color, and Blackout to stamp the lines from a Moyou Pro plate. I added a layer of Darling Diva Polish Crazy Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It, which is a holo topper that I will be reviewing soon. 



My next attempt was a negative space look. You guys know how much I love negative space. I went with this mod looking design using Cirque Colors Carpe Diem and Memento Mori, plus a few curved nail vinyls and some striping tape. 



My last design is a free hand floral one. For this look, I decided to use my other go-to black and white polishes, Pretty Serious Absence for the base and Presence (plus a few dabs of Absence) to create the flowers. It was a close call, but this may be my favorite of the three designs. 



Click on the links below to see what the other bloggers have created! 


29 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Ida!!!! You knocked it out of the park with these! Seriously!!! I love EVERY SINGLE ONE! We both did florals (yay!) I just love the black background and the tropical looking flowers. My favourite look is the negative space because it's just so bold and striking and the execution is utter perfection. Amazing!!

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    1. Thank you Emily! I loved your florals too!

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  2. All of them look awesome but my favorite has to be the floral one.

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  3. OH. EM. GEE. IDA!!! These are all absolutely fantastic! I love how you did three looks, and I even love the negative space one :D!!!

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  4. You have absolutely knocked it out of the park Ida! I love all three, but the negative space look is my absolute favourite, so clean and striking!

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  5. Okay these are all great but that floral design!!! AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE it! So beautifully done! And I commend you for stamping! I wouldn't even know where to start!

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    1. oh pshaw, I am certain that any stamping you would do would be great, but thank you Lindsey!

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  6. Wow, three in one, what a great threat :) I think you have nailed all the looks. I love the pop of sparkle with the stamping, the floral design is full of beautiful details, but the geometric one is what I am obsessed with! It looks so beautiful on you. Such a bold and brave design!

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  7. Wow! Three looks! I am obsessed with the negative space and free-hand floral looks! Just outstanding :)

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  8. Me as I was scrolling through the post: "Wow, this one is awesome, it's my fave. No, THIS one is my fave! WAIT WAIT WAIT, no THIS ONE is the best and it's my fave!" Amazing work Ida. You slayed each one!

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  9. The three manis are awesome! And I especially love the floral one! It's perfect!

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  10. Ahhhhhh! These are ALL gorgeous! My fave is definitely the first one! It looks unreal, but the flowers are calling me too! Fantastic job to whip up three fabulous looks Ida <3

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    1. Thank you Christine! I appreciate that!

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  11. Wow, you crazy talented woman! Damn! Three looks? And they all look better than the next one - loved the sparkle and glitter of the first one, the second one is so unique and original it's amazing, and the third one is just a real beauty! Well done, dear! :))

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  12. All your looks are great but the floral is hands down my fave. SO lovely!

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  13. These are all amazing Ida! Your florals are blowing me awayyyy!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Florals 4 Life lol

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  14. Amazing post, Ida! All three looks are great but my favourite is the negative space manicure with the minimalist and geometric touch <3

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    1. Thank you Lucie! That one was my favorite as well.

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  15. I am SO impressed that you came up with three amazing looks! I really love your negative space mani because it is so original. But that floral!! It's gorgeous!!

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