After the wax art a few weeks back, I basically did the same thing with nail polish. Except nail polish is not a candle. In fact, you really shouldn't combine the two, since nail polish is wicked flammable.
Maybe sometime in the summer, outside, I'll try combining nail polish and wax. Outside, in case something catches on fire and/or goes horribly wrong.
I had some free time on my hands, and I don't mind sacrificing some nail polish. So here we are.
Started out with some brush strokes with red and pink.
My white plastic headband broke that day, so I took a stab at it. It obviously looks hand painted, but I don't know why people don't do this more often. It doesn't smell, and it's all nice and glossy and shiny.
I started off with the purple lady off to the left. You can see my first attempt right next to the pink birthday cake. I also threw some white-out on there as well. I'm fully aware of the fact that there's very little space between her breasts and her pelvis. I know it's not exactly proportionate.
Then I proceeded to the seaweed below her hand. You probably couldn't tell that was seaweed. It's seaweed.
The sunset took some time, but blending all my colors on top of each other was really neat, especially since I didn't give the polish time to dry before adding more.
I don't care what you say-- I'm SO proud of that eye. I don't have black nail polish, so I had to work with my dark purple. Starting out, I was thinking, "well this is just asking for trouble, trying to paint an eye with nail polish.." I even added a little dot of sparkly goodness to the iris. I dunno, I think it's a cutey.
And there's an awkward tree in the middle of the paper.
And last but not least, the pink birthday cake with the sparkles flying off of the candles. It's supposed to be smoke, alright?
Now here's a question I have for all you science-y folk out there.
Why does nail polish still smell like nail polish after painting on paper, but not on plastic and your own nails?
Whenever I flip to that nail polish page of my sketchbook, people's faces contort and they have to take a step back, and say something like, "ah.. yeah.. that's cool.. just close it, it smells like shit."
I should get that laminated or something.
The only downside to nail polish art is the fumes. I don't want to accidentally become high off of the fumes, yaknow? I try to stay clear of that kinda thing. It won't be a regular thing, I guess. Just a lil' fun and experimenting. I think overall, nail polish should make for some good finishing texture touches on a painting, but it shouldn't stand as a painting on its own.
Phase two of wax art is coming. Problem is, I've supposedly been "banned" from lighting candles in my room. Personally, I think that's just because he doesn't want me getting wax everywhere. And because I was using candles from around the house.
So I'll have to stock up on my own candles, which makes me sad, because that involves me working to get money.
My job ain't so bad, though. I could work from home whenever I wanted to, I just always find something else to do that's usually more fun. Like paint with nail polish.