Hi everyone! As you read this I'm currently in Washington D.C. for a National Sustainability Design Expo sponsored by the EPA. And I couldn't go to Washington D.C. in the Spring without doing cherry blossom nails even though I'm here a week after the peak bloom and the conclusion of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I was really hoping the cold weather could push back the peak bloom for one more week till I arrived. Maybe next time! The trees are nice, just no longer in full bloom. I've done a cherry blossom manicure once before but that was back when I first started blogging so it's a view at your own risk manicure (view able here).
I haven't been able to do much nail art this year, especially free hand, so this was a fun change. I started off with two coats of China Glaze for Audrey, a full coverage robin egg blue. It's also my current pedicure color (don't worry, no feet pictures). I then drew on the tree branches using So Easy Stripe Rite Black. I don't have much practice with striping brushes but I felt as though going very slowly and carefully was key to being in control of how the final image turned out.
I used two colors for my flowers. The first was OPI I Think in Pink, a light pink from OPI's 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Duo. The second was OPI My Vampire is Buff, a yellow tinted nude from OPI's Spring 2013 Euro Central Collection. In the center of each flower I placed a small dot using Zoya Dana, a rose pink. I finished everything off with a healthy coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
What do you think? Have you done a cherry blossom design before?