Part one of my Quest for the Holy Grail involves a gradient AND stamping normally I would only go so far as to do one or the other.
First up here's a just splodged on picture of a-england's Holy Grail alone. This is 2xNail Envy, 2xHoly Grail and 1x Seche Vite. No clean up as about to get messy with sponging.
I love the way the blue sky reflected in the glass of the table I was stood over.
For the gradient I chose use a-england's Order of the Garter, this bright mid blue clashes wonderfully with the golden yellowness of Holy Grail.
Once I'd done the gradient I was really happy with it, as the blue had remained lovely and blue and hadn't turned green like I had feared it may. Then it was time to eat the lovely meal hubby had just cooked so I never actually got pictures of the gradient before I damaged it getting something out of the oven and I creased it with the oven gloves. The crease smoothed out with Orly Smudge fixer, but I wasn't liking it as I could still see some wrinkles so I didn't take any pictures at this stage. Then I stamped over the top of it, using black Konad Stamping Polish and CH16.
The next pictures are not nice. I did some rough clean up with a cotton bud and acetone, but the cough I have meant it was unbearable - plus the Konad polish is a bitch to remove, it just smears and stains. So please focus on the nail, not the mess.
When I mentioned the Holy Grail quest I made a reference to AC/DC, now I'm going to ruin my metal loving reputation by referring to Belinda Carlisle: since doing this I have had Circle in the Sand in my head!!!! The blue and yellow reminded me of a beach.
I did manage to get a couple of pictures the next day, the polish on my skin and staining had come off in the shower but for some reason I my fingers look oddly red!
I really liked doing a double piece of nail art, I'm not normally able to do this because of time constraints but this time with someone else cooking tea and finishing early I had time to do first part quite early in the evening.