Red Light, Green Light

IMG_2727I hate driving.  But I think I hate public transportation in Chicago more.

Last week I was greeted by mail with a Red Light Enforcement Camera Ticket.

FOR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS?!?!?!?  O_O

Now, TECHNICALLY, I didn’t run a red light.  I made a right turn.  On red.  At a permitted right turn on red light. 

So, you KNOW I was ready to contest this ticket….. until I watched the video.  Then realized that I never really came to a complete stop before the light turned red before I turned.  BUT IT WAS BECAUSE THE LIGHT WAS YELLOW WHEN I REALLY STARTED MY TURN!!!!! 

I don’t feel like fighting the ticket though.  And since I still hate public transportation more than driving right now…. I’m never driving that route to work anymore ever again. Never. 
I’m still mad about this stupid ticket!

base – OPI “ Suzi Takes the Wheel”Sinful Colors “Black on Black”

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I used Orly Matte Top Coat on the gray based nails to allow the “lights” to stand out, and topped just the acrylic paint dots with a dot of Seche Vite for shine.  Did it work?

Sinful Colors–Feeling Great

& Essie “We Can Do It Pink”

I started here:

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just couldn’t make a decision…. Hannah chose the stripes…. Nikki chose the polka dots.
After a trial…. Nikki’s choice looked better on… and then, I do still have that affection for polka dots. LOL.

Essie “We Can Do It Pink” & Sinful Colors “Feeling Great”IMG_2647

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I feel like I’m in a strawberry patch. Smile

Polka Dots always win

Shamefully, this has become a sort of “go-to” design when my brain cells go blank.

Drawing a blank is the worst for any artist, I’m sure.

So sitting there with random-sized dotting tools rolling across the desk in front of me, and my latent desire to just use acrylic paint ALL OF THE TIME…..

of course, dots came.  I let them happen whatever way they happened this time.  Had no clue what my nails were going to look like.

China Glaze “Concrete Catwalk” w/ acrylic paint dots
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My sister would say my nails look like they have leprosy or something… and for several moments I thought “Why did you basically hide that beautiful charcoal gray polish?”  But the Dotter in my spirit won out… and I love these dots even more than the dots that have come before.

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Instant Vintage

I have no reason to explain changing my nail color, except that I was experimenting with my new automatic nail polish remover machine when I came home from the New Year’s celebration….

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I ordered the machine online from TransDesign.com.  For $18, it was a good purchase!! I’ll definitely save on cotton squares.  I told myself I wasn’t using glitter again until I received it…. as we all know the huge HASSLE glitter presents at removal time.  I haven’t yet used any heavy duty glitter polish, so we’ll see how it responds when I do.

After I finished my dot design, it just kept reminding me of some retro wallpaper or something…vintage.  And I actually liked the results on my right hand better than my left!  My right hand always gets neglected when it comes to picture taking… had to give the right hand some camera time today.

Essie “Sand Tropez”
acrylic paint dots
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#period.

The actual size of my nailbed, I realize, just doesn’t have THAT much space. 

I have a difficult time appreciating extensive nail art with 3D ornamentry (lol, I KNOW it’s not a word – yeah, yeah, ornamentation). 

Simply because of the limited area on a fingernail, visually digesting a bunch of rhinestones and feathers, numbers and letters, all at once,  is just way too overwhelming for my personal taste…. and thus was born:

the dot

OPI “Black Onyx”
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lol. 

It was such a statement, I just couldn’t add more.  and I love it.

#period

#thatisall

Outlined Polka Dots

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Having short fingernails is like a complete playground for beautiful loud polish and extreme nail art.

I found this design on a Nails Mag Blog and could not resist trying it out.

Sinful Colors “Feeling Great” was the perfect base for the yellow-trimmed black dots of acrylic paint.

The most difficult part of this nail art design is making sure you don’t paint the base color (Feeling Great) “outside the lines” of your cuticle! 

The dots are child’s play.

I’m still having so much fun…..

I bought some new art brushes and some metallic paint today.  All I need now is some willing participants to let me play on their nail beds…… and, some free time. Smile

 

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