I had wanted to make African sunset/ sunrise nails for a long time, but when "wild animals" and "wildlife" were the challenges in two facebook groups, I finally made this today. All the pictures are taken inside, because we only have a few hours of winter daylight this time of the year.
Edited: I've added one photo taken in daylight, where you can see how shiny this mani is:
What I did:
I was already wearing a coral creme nail polish called Coral Reef by Mineral Fusion (3 coats + Seche Vite.) First I made a red- orange gradient, then I stamped the African animals and the tree on. I used two MoYou London stamping plates; I used #04 from the Kitty Collection for the big giraffe on the thumb. All the other images are from Explorer Collection #23. (#23 is perfect for us with small nail beds, but they have a XL plate with bigger images.) I also used the black Konad stamping polish to paint the "Savannah" tips.
Ruby Kisses: Cheesum (orange)
Mineral Fusion: Coral Reef (coral)
Gina Tricot: #146 The red (red)
Gina Tricot: #7 Zinfandel (dark red)
a stamping plate as palette
a dotting tool to mix the colors
a piece of a car sponge to make the gradient
MoYou London: Explorer Collection #23 (plate for small nail beds. They have a XL size too)
MoYou London: Kitty Collection #04 (big giraffe)
Konad SP Black (stamping polish)
marshmallow XL stamper
To avoid problems, I used different top coats; HK Girl over the gradient, and Seche Vite after the stamping.
The index nail is broken again, so had to glue it and use silk wrap and resin.
Below you can see what the other 52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge participants made. This week we could make a yellow mani, wild animals nail art, or combine the two prompts.