Like my mad editing skills? Thought so...
The book I chose is "Nightwatch" by Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko. It's a series I'm currently reading.
Obviously if you haven't read the book, the nail art will not make sense. Let me elaborate without giving too much of the plot away.
Some people are Others. Those with magical abilities. They choose to be Light or Dark and join their respective Watches. Those who choose to be on the side of Light will join the Nightwatch (to monitor the Dark ones) and visa versa. It's all about maintaining a system of checks and balances between good and evil.
Index & Middle: I tried to replicate the outline of the city on the cover. I can assume that's supposed to be Moscow.
Ring: A snow owl. One of the main characters, Olga, commits an unmentionable crime and is sentenced to live in a body of an owl. She sits in stasis until the head of Nightwatch activates her.
Pinkie: A vortex. Vortices manifest in the form of curses. A powerful sorceress casts a curse large enough to destroy all of Moscow and most of Europe. The main character, Anton, along with Olga the owl work together to try to stop it.
How I did it?
The base I used was OPI Vodka & Caviar from the Russian Collection which is fitting because the book is translated from Russian. I sponged some orange and white to try to make the gradient that's on the cover.
To make the owl, I painted a base of Whirlwind white and I used $1 Dollar Store kids craft paint. You paint a clear base coat over it and then you can paint your design. If you don't like it, it can be rubbed off using water then you can add a topcoat once you are finished. I wanted Olga the Owl to be dark & mysterious like snow owls are! I didn't want it to be goofy or cartoony. I was feeling like I failed Olga and in the end I felt I did her justice! Mani win!
The vortex, I used the same craft paint as the owl. I sponged some white and neon over it to make it look more like a vortex versus a swirl.
Here's some other shots because this took me a long time to paint!
The mess. Yes that's my mani "table!" My fabulous kitty likes to come up and knock off brushes!
I was very happy with the final result and how my nail art turned out. I like how I was able to tie in the Russian-themed color with the Russian novel. If you like sci-fi, you should definitely check out this book. It's an easy read. If you hate reading, then rent the movie.
Total time to complete: Approx 2 hrs.
Total time to remove: < 5min. :(
Mani fail or mani win? WIN!
We've also been linking to each other's blogs so everyone can see all the different interpretations of the themes :) So far the list is:
Michelle - labmuffin.blogspot.com
Alanna - prettypurplepolish.com
Holly - hookedbyhollysagemini.blogspot.com
Maria - mariasnailpolishblog.blogspot.com
Tif - polishedgenius.blogspot.com
Thanks for reading.
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