Friday, 27 September 2013

Fall Houndstooth

Nothing to Disclose

Hello lovelies!

I hate doing gradients and I hate doing patterns that are finicky, so today's venture was interesting, to say the least.

The ABC Challenge prompt for this week is H for houndstooth. I rather like houndstooth, actually. It's probably my favourite pattern. BUT. When I do it in large quantities, things tend to get out of hand. They go wonky. They're subject to entropy. You get the idea.

In this case, my squares kept getting closer and closer together. Dagnabbit!

I began with a base of a gradient using Coney Island Queen, Martian Sea, and 347. (I hate gradients, I hate cleaning up after them, oh heavens it is The Worst Thing after water marbling clean-up.) I then painted on the houndstooth with the KONAD polish. If you need a questionably useful refresher on how to do houndstooth, please click here. (And while we're revisiting the past, why were my cuticles so much happier then than now? Now they're like overgrown brambles! Augh!)

The claw! Haven't seen that one in a while.

Polishes used:
Inglot - 347
KONAD - Special stamping polish in white
Rica - Glossy Glam (top coat; sort of smudged things in places, boo...)
medium and tiny detailing brushes
make-up sponges
cotton swabs and swear words for clean-up

I have the BEST holiday nail idea. Isn't that frustrating? Useless for the next almost three months... But I can't help it! The season makes me think of being cosy, not creepy/frightening as Hallowe'en deserves. So it gggoooeesss.




  1. It's really interesting the mixture of the gradient pattern. I'll try something similar soon!

  2. Poor lady :)) But your work was worth it! This looks GREAT! And I would never notice the squares getting closer if you didn't tell this :))

  3. So neat!! I love them! Both the colors you picked for the gradient and the pattern :D

  4. Thank you, and please let me know if you do, I would love to see it!

  5. Thank you Victoria dear!

  6. Haha, I'm glad! It's so OBVIOUS to me. :P I'm happy you like it, even if it was a pain in the butt!

  7. hot stuff!!! good job on that houndstooth, that is no easy feat!

  8. Thank you darling! I think I'm addicted to houndstooth now that I think it's a bunch of catpeople doing the macarena.

  9. haha!!! don't tempt me into trying to do it again by making it sound awesome!

  10. Just think of the joy of the little catpeople! Joy that will never see the light of day if you don't paint them!

  11. girl....if i paint them, chances are they still won't see the light of day!

  12. Ok, well I don't want you to paint catpeople only to have to lock them in the attic. ;)

  13. Very talented you are! (Yoda speaking am I - don't know why..) Your tutorial had me laughing to tears! Thank you, I needed that! Seriously, I never would have thought houndstooths, aka dancing cat blocks, were possible to freehand! Wow!

  14. Hahaha! I'm so glad someone else liked my catblockpeople! It does take some patience, but the effect is awesome, and I'm crap at stamping, sooooo... ;) Thank you so much! <3