MINI PENNY: You've Got Nail 60 // Utagawa Hiroshige Inspired

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You've Got Nail 60 // Utagawa Hiroshige Inspired

In Monday's post, I mentioned that I spent some time pulling inspiration from the Art Institute of Chicago for nails! During my visit, I was particularly drawn to the Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th century. These nails in particular were inspired by a color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) depicting Mount Fuji from across the sea at Miho Bay in Suruga Province.

Though I took many images for reference, I was very much drawn by the cool tones and patterns in this particular print. The detail in the Japanese prints is unreal! Obviously I could never do these amazing artists justice in my homage kitsch, but I create these in the upmost respect for another artists' craft.

I decided to focus on the water patterns, the garment patterns, and the ombre in the sky. Here are the nails prior to trimming them to my desire length.

Here's what I used to create these:
❖ ELF Nail Polish in Skinny Jeans [ similar ]
❖ Sinful Colors in Sail La Vie [ similar ]
❖ Sinful Colors in Snow Me White
UO Red Glitter Polish
❖ Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Color in Forever Fawn
❖ L'Oreal Collection Exclusive in Jennifer Lopez Nude (one of my favorite new colors!)
❖ Marc Jacobs in Opaque Smokey Grey
❖ Sinful Colors in Black on Black
❖ Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Deep Purple
Out The Door Top Coat
Nail Art Brushes
Nail Polish Thinner

And I made a lot of ancient art-inspired nails! Stay tuned to see every set in upcoming weeks.

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