Saturday, December 24, 2011

Water Marble Nail Art, Take #6!

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Here is the Christmas water marble art I have been wanting to sport ever since I got Zoya's "Ivanka" this past July. I made two different versions on each hand. On the left hand (my first attempt) I used "Ivanka" in conjunction with "Ruby Red", a bright matte red. And on the right hand (my second attempt) I went ahead and paired "Ivanka" with "Red Carpet", a glittery red.
Each came with different results which I will get discuss further.....

Refer back to my original Water Marble Nail Art post for steps and other pictures.

Nail polishes I used (I only used 2 on each nail):
Sinful Colors in “Ruby Red” (left hand nails)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in “Red Carpet” (right hand nails)
Zoya in "Ivanka"
(L to R: “Ruby Red”, “Red Carpet”, “Ivanka”)

I would like to get this out of the way by saying that Zoya's "Ivanka" was NOT a good nail polish to water marble with. It's not impossible but its pretty difficult. I would not recommend for use if you are not an experienced water marbler.

In my first attempt of water marbling with "Ivanka" I decided to pair it with "Ruby Red" which is not glittery and therefore would make the glittery green "Ivanka" stand out more. Water marbling was a disaster. When I tried to use a pointed stick to make the design, the green went everywhere and would not stay in place for me to make a decent design for my nails. This explains why the edges of the colors on the close up shots look so muddied and not smooth. However, from afar, they look much better and I have actually received plenty of compliments from women while Christmas shopping.

(left hand; flash)

(right hand; flash)

Replacing "Ruby Red" with "Red Carpet" on my second attempt, on my right hand, fared a bit better while water marbling. My theory is that I used two glittery nail polishes instead of one and therefore balanced each other out better. And I have to say, I do like this pairing better. I especially love how both the colors sparkle in the sunlight. Absolutely gorgeous.

(left hand; sunlight)
(right hand; sunlight)
Have a Happy Holiday! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

November 2011 Outings - LACMA & Getty Center (pic heavy)

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November was a busy school month for me. This included an Excursion Project for one of my art classes. This project, however, was a very enjoyable one as I was able to re-visit two of my favorite art museums here in Los Angeles, CA, the LACMA and the Getty Center.


Being the procrastinator I am, I was only able to visit the LACMA at night for only an hour. The plus was that I attended on the second Tuesday of the month, in which admission all-day is free. Also, because I was there for only an hour, parking was free too!

The famous Urban Light by Chris Burden.

Views from the third floor of the Contemporary Arts Building.

I had to sneek in the following photos since photography is not allowed within the contemporary art exhibits. These are just SOME of the art.

Andy Warhol, Rorschach (Third Floor)
Robert Therrien, Blue Plastic Plates (Third Floor)

ASCO Exhibit (Second Floor)
This specific exhibit took up an entire floor and is comprised of the entire artwork collection of ASCO, a small group of Chicano artists, from the 70s and 80s.


The next day was spent at the Getty Center, which is the bigger of the two Getty museums in Los Angeles. Admission is free but parking is $15. I recommend both Getty museums as great date locations. The art is beautiful, there is both a fancy and casual restaurant, there are PLENTY of views, and many sit-down areas to talk, eat or just take it all in.

By the way, if you ever have the chance, visit the Getty Villa in Malibu. That one specializes in more Greek and Roman classical artwork and is just as beautiful. Admission is also free.

Getty Center from the 405 freeway.

Of course I had to take a picture.

The exhibit I wanted to see, Narrative Interventions in Photography.
One of the MANY sit-down areas.
The Getty Center garden.
A finally, these next photos make up the entire skyline view of Los Angeles taken from the back of the West Pavillion Building.
Hollywood mountains. You can even see snow.

In the distance you can see downtown Los Angeles.
The 405 freeway.
Palos Verdes (the mountain), Santa Monica, and Malibu.

To post my entire collection of photos from just the Getty Center would be insane so I hope that these photos gave a sweet little sneak peek into what the LACMA and the Getty Center have to offer.
Thanks for stopping by!