Friday, June 25, 2010

NotD - Terra Sigillata

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)?


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