As part of my Etruscan Epigraphy class we strolled over to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (i.e. museum of art history) today to be shown and told about the Etruscan collection by a curator. As expected it was highly informative and interesting; you don’t often hear about the selection process, the collaboration with the architects and so forth.
So I felt that it was time to strike the red figure pottery from my list of nail art ideas.
This is what I used for this manicure:
- OPI Nail Envy
- Terra Sigillata – a recent franken, needs a bit more orange I think
- Spooky Nails 2 in 1 nail tattoo liner black
- Seche Vite
As usual I started with two coats of Nail Envy, followed by three of Terra Sigillata, and sealed the polish with Seche Vite.
I’m not going to talk about my franken a lot. It applies well and you wouldn’t believe what strange colours I had to mix. I guess it would have been easier if I had more orange polish. I originally aimed for a proper terra cotta orange, but the more reddish shade is both pretty and closer to the traditional terra sigillata.
Here’s Terra Sigillata in two coats, no top coat, with flash:
And this is Terra Sigillata in three coats with Seche Vite. First photo taken with flash, second under a ‘natural spectrum’ lamp (which is also dead now, swatches may go back to flash only depending on whether I can afford a new one this month):
So after giving the base colour a few minutes to solidify I took my incredibly cute skyphos with the owl design as my inspiration (OMGperpendicularhandles!) and painted on the leaves and owl with the black liner. This was a pain.
And that’s it. I sealed the manicure with another coat of Seche Vite and was done.
Few steps. Lot of work. It might have been easier to either do black figure or pseudo-red figure (namely, painting the red on a black surface) pottery. But I’m happy overall, the owl is just too cute.
Whacha think? Should I grab the olde museum catalogues and try my hand at more ancient-y manicures (I’m definitely going to do something Bucchero-y)?