Thursday, 17 January 2013

Dia de los muertos

I am forever changing my the style of my nails, it's a bit of an obsession! Last year for Christmas I received a set of Nails Supreme Nail Art pens and they are definitely my fave present! They are really easy to use and come with a small piece of metal allowing you to clean the nib if they get clogged. You can also re-use them, so when the colour runs out, you just have to clean the bottle and re-fill them with any colour you wish! I definitely would recommend them and they can be purchased here for only £19.99.

I regularly use these pens to create different designs. Below shows the particular nail varnishes I used to create the vine and skull design. I always use Maybelline Salon Manicure top coat as it gives a really nice high shine finish!

From left to right:  Barry M nail paint in Matt White, Maybelline Salon Manicure top coat, Nails Supreme Nail Art Pens in pink, blue, yellow and black.

Final design

This is how it turned out! It was quite difficult drawing the skull on my own nails...but where there is a will, there's a way!

Let me know what you think :)

Jacky xox

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Keep on chasing down that rainbow...

This is a painting I was asked to do for a friend, using acrylics on canvas. I thought I would post this so you are able to see how I work from start to finish. I've been told by a lecturer before that I shouldn't draw the picture out first... but that's how it works best for me! I am pleased with the final outcome... I am just hoping that the person I am doing it for likes it!

From start to finish - Noel Gallagher Painting

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mix and Match ...

As you will soon learn, I enjoy doing anything which is a bit arty! 

I thought I'd start with a project I did a while back! I really enjoy drawing/painting the human figure/face mainly because of the intricate detail and individuality of each person - it makes things much more interesting! I like to set myself a difficult task...and with being a perfectionist (very annoying at times) I like to ensure I paint/draw every little bit of detail I see! 

The two facial images are done with pencil crayon and the other have been painted using acrylic paint! I really enjoyed creating all these pieces as the textures and colours of elderly skin create a big visual impact, especially with the hands and the transparency of the skin, showing through the vibrantly coloured veins.

Let me know what you think, any comments are appreciated :)

Starting out....

So, Hi everyone! Thought I would start blogging to share with everyone 'my creative life' hence the blog name (La Vida Creativa - the same but in Spanish ha!). I will be posting a variety of things I enjoy doing in my spare time such as my paintings, nail art and any other little bits of design. I hope you enjoy my work and give me a cheeky follow if you do! :)

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