Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Reddit 52 Week Challenge: Inspired by a game

This took me somewhere I didn't expect to go! I'm a bit of a video game geek, so I had all kinds of ideas for this theme. I never expected to end up in Candyland. Although, to be fair, one never really expects to end up in Candyland.

In case you don't know, Candyland is a very cute, colourful boardgame loved mostly by little children. The reason I picked it was because I just felt like doing something cute and colourful. Maybe it's all the Halloween stuff I've been doing.

This was an ambitious undertaking, but in the end, I love it.

Candyland nails. Cute board game nail art featuring Candyland!

Hee! Look at my nails! Look at my chocolate dipped candy castle! Pink mountains! Gummie tree!

Sorry. I am allowed to be excited though. This took a stupid amount of time. Hours. I did the gradient background yesterday and then the painting today. I must have spent a good 4 or more hours on it today.

Candyland.

Here's the inspiration picture, in all its delicious, happy, colourful glory. This may be sickeningly sweet for some people, but it just puts a smile on my face!

Candyland nails. Cute board game nail art featuring Candyland!

I started with two coats of China Glaze White On White and then did a green to blue gradient with a crazy mixture of China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard, Essie Pretty Edgy, Nfu Oh Jelly Syrups in JS33 and JS34, and China Glaze Bahamian Escape.

The imagery was painted using acrylic paints, tiny brushes and dotting tools. And lots of layers. When I was done painting I added some sparkle to the sky and mountain tops with Nubar Dewdrop, which is a tiny sparkly opalescent glitter. I sealed it all with a coat of Seche Vite and then went to find enough light to take pictures (at night). The kitchen light is pretty good.

Interesting fact: During my research I discovered that a movie based on Candyland is in the works. Ooh!

Hope you enjoyed your little trip to Candyland! Are any of you ladies gamers, or am I all alone?

24 comments:

  1. your paintings are super amazing ;__; wish i could paint with that amount of detail. /cries from inexperience <3

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    1. Thanks so much! And it's really all practice, patience and trial and error. In my case, stubbornness too.

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  2. Wow, stunning! The mountains with their icing are amazing.

    When you think about it, this is quite logical - after all the ghoulishness of Halloween, do we not end up right in Candy Mountain?

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    1. Haha. True! This was a nice has from the ghoulishness. Glad you like it!

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  3. I played Candyland at school all the time as a kid! I LOVE these so much! Sweet, sweet nostalgia. The detail and shading is just astounding, you even got it down to the texture of the candy path! Was any of the texture sponged on, or did you hand-paint it all?

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    1. Hi Vicky! Thank you! Other than the background gradient it was all hand painted.

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  4. These are awesome! I so loved Candyland when I was little then fell in love with it again when my kids were little. You did an amazing job of capturing it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I also have a soft spot for Candyland and will always play it with kids when they bring it out.

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  5. Okay how do you only have 75 followers?? You should have thousands lol! Well you just gained one more - saw your post on Reddit and I am amazed! These are probs in my top 5 nail arts ever :)

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    1. Oh man, thanks! That put a huge smile on my face. And I'm sure building up followers is a slow process. I'm new to the blog world.

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  6. fabulous! Great job on these, they're so much fun!

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    1. Hey! Nice to see you over here. Thank you!

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  7. these are beautiful and perfect and amazing. like i literally can't believe how awesome they look. i want to try using acrylic paints!

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    1. Thanks Whitney! And do it. They're easier for.. extended detail painting than polish is.

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  8. I'm sharing this on my FB nail page because its so amazing :) good job girl!

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  9. These are amazing! I'm a new follower as well. For some reason I haven't been able to add ANYONE through GFC for the past few weeks but I'm now following you by e-mail, FB and Pinterest. And you're going on my blog roll. :)

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! If you follow a lot of blogs you should totally get Bloglovin. I don't know how I lived without that little icon on my browser that told me when there were new posts!

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  10. This is amazing! You have some crazy nail art skills!

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  11. This really brings back memories, and you recreated this look so well! I'm very impressed by all the tiny little details you added.

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