Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Polish Days: SENTIMENTAL

Hi girlies!!

This month's Polish Days topic is "Sentimental".  Hannah (of Polly Polish) instructed us to use nail polish that tugs at our heart in some sentimental way, or is very very special to us.  I thought long and hard about this...  all polishes I have are special!!  So I decided to create something with many polishes, and the design itself would hold a special meaning.

Read after the jump why I chose this design and what it means to me!


If you've been following my blog you know that I was born and raised in Poland and made it to the US in my teens.  My homeland is still very special to me and I get very *sentimental* when I think about it.  Therefore I've decided to do another entry for Poland for the Where In The World challenge (if you remember the rules, you can do as many entries as you want per country, you just have to go in order!).  The galaxy I created on my nails is to honor Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus), the astronomer who "moved the earth and stopped the sun".  I'm very very proud that this genius man was Polish!!!


The other reason why this mani is *sentimental* is because I was inspired by, and followed a tutorial made especially for me by MesiaszCiszy for my nail art contest (you should really check out her blog, I'm always in AWE when I look at her art!!!  And it's not just your dots and stripes and stamping... it's real painting!!!  like on canvas!!).  This awesome blogger is also from Poland and she stooped down to my level and designed a mani that I would be able to recreate (in one of our emails I even told her that the nail art has to be replicable by a toddler... because that's what kind of drawing skills I have!).

Here is her mani followed by mine:


For the base I used Finger Paints "Where Art Renoir?" which I originally showed you here.  It's a black base with white glitter and looks like a dark starry night, so I thought it would be appropriate for this design.
Next I sponged across my nails with China Glaze "Snow".  Then I dabbed here and there to create the "Milky Way" with China Glaze "Lemon Fizz" and Zoya "Kate".  I should have used more yellow and coral to truly recreate MesiaszCiszy's mani!
Then I added a little Nfu #61 to top and bottom of my "Milky Way" to create more depth.  I made little dots with China Glaze "Snow", which turned out to be just a little big.  You've got all kinds of Supernovas here on my my nails LOL =)
Finally, I topped my ring and pinky finger with China Glaze Wireless Holographic topcoat.  That was a mistake, I wanted to create more 'stars' but it just covered up my existing image!  My index and middle fingers have just a layer of Seche Vite, and they look a lot clearer!





I'm holding my amber tree, nicknamed a "Tree of Luck and Prosperity" that I received from my grandma long time ago in Poland.

Hope you ladies liked my mani even though it's not as perfect as the original one by MesiaszCiszy.  I personally was pretty pleased with it, given it's my first time doing such complex sponging/dotting and you name it =)

Don't forget to check out the other designs of participants of the Where In The World challenge, and the other Polish Days creations!!

21 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! This is awesome! I love your mani but more then that I love the story behind it. It really does transfer your "sentimental" of this nail art ♥

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  2. I adore it, and I adore what you based this on :)

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  3. Lovely inspiration and thanks for a new blog to follow (not including your own:)). I didn't make it to Poland in my backpacking days but I do remember seeing Polish amber absolutely everywhere in Prague:). A lovely knitting together of various aspects of your homeland.

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    1. Ooh thank you so much, Kate!! I'm glad you hopped over to MesiaszCiszy's blog, isn't she wonderful?! Too bad you didn't get to backpack Polnd, we have some beautiful mountains there!! I hope one day you get to visit!!

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  4. I think this is a spectacular mani!

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  5. Oh slicznie wyszlo :) czy mi sie wydaje czy tam sie jakis pylek hologramowy tez mieni ? ;) niezwykla glebia ... mozna by tak w nie wpasc i spaaaadac bez konca :) <3

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    1. A mieni sie, mieni :))). No nie wyszlo tak jak Twoje ale I tak dobrze jak na moje 'zdolnosci'. Dziekuje Ci jeszcze raz za wspanialy pomysl I tutorial!!!

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  6. Awesome and amazing! It's funny because we almost covered all the famous people from Poland between the two of us. At first I wanted to do one finger dedicated to each of these people: Curie, Copernicus, Chopin and Pope John Paul. I then decided to do them all for Chopin because I had so many music related stamps. But I'm so glad you did Curie and Copernicus. Now everybody can see what great people originated from your country!

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    1. Oh my I can't believe I forgot about the Pope!!! I'm not religious at all but he was truly a great person who did so much for my country!! Thanks so much again for featuring Chopin :))

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  7. This is pretty! I've always wanted to try galaxy nails. Will give it a try soon.

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    1. Thanks Sabine!!! They're not bad at all, it was easier than I thought!!!

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  8. Great job girl! I love the effects and the combination of colors. Keep creating more.

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