21 Apr 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet (Gothic) and NCC Movies - Nosferatu

Hello everyone! Today I have some nail art to show you that I am insanely proud of! The theme this week in FingerFood's Theme Buffet is one that is very close to my heart as its been a huge part of my life for over 20 years now! It was suggested by the lovely Sarah from Penny Pinching Polish and I was so happy that she put it forward :) This also fits in with the NCC's Movies/Music/TV month so its a double win! 

Goth isn't all maudlin black and it has grown its own set of sub genres over the years (including the fluffy, neon cyber goths), but I'm pretty much old school apart from my nails, so I decided to try and recreate an iconic image from "Nosferatu", the 1922 film starring Max Schreck.



I started with a base of LA Colors French White and sponged on the "frame" using Color Club Silver Lake, Ciate Vintage and LA Colors Black Velvet. I used a black Sharpie to draw in guidelines for the bannister, doorway and Dracula himself, and then carefully painted them in with more black, using a little more of the Vintage and Silver Lake for detail. I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.



Here's the image I worked from:

This is one of those manis that I had to try once I'd had the idea, but had no hopes of it turning out well enough for me to be able to post it! Instead I am really pleased with myself! I know that it has areas which need refining, but I think it captures the essence of the original image and this style of nail art is way out of my comfort zone!

I have one more NCC mani coming at you for April and the theme for the Buffet next week is to try "something new". I'm going to take the rest of the evening off and look at these nails some more, and I will be back with you soon - please follow the links below to check out all the other fabulous NCC and Buffet manis :)

Sam xx





26 comments:

  1. Wowee woman. Insane! Mad painting skillz, and a classic scene from the movie! Love em!

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    1. Thanks! I can see all these bits I want to go back and redo, but I'm still pretty pleased with myself over these. Plus I love the movie and it gave me an excuse to watch it again :D

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  2. This is out of the world.... love it

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  3. Wow! This is amazing - excellent Gothic choice, and your execution is as always flawless!

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    1. Aw, thanks hun! I had so much ammo for this week, and it was when I sat down to start painting that I had this bright idea... I'm definitely going to have to do a Gothic week lol!

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  4. This is one of the most amazing and awesome nails I've ever seen! You're so talented!

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  5. You definitely SHOULD be insanely proud of these! Put another notch in your nail polish bottle for this amazing mani!

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    1. Haha, thanks Tina! Still doing a little happy dance when I look at these :)

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  6. These are amazing! And I'm glad to see it's not just me using tips. x

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    1. Thanks Vic! My real nails have been rubbish for a while as I've been ill on and off since Xmas. Sometimes you just need a bigger canvas than nature can offer... :)

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  7. Oh wow, those nails have me in awe!

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  8. I know I already commented on Facebook, but it's worth repeating - you are f-ing fabulous! Man do I feel like I copped out on my own prompt now :D xxx

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    1. Aw, thanks hun! Yours were awesome! I had something similar planned as I also had some of those stickers and I was going to paint over them for texture! Going to save that for another time - maybe we should set up a short Alt challenge later in the year (tattoos/goth/metal/steampunk etc) :D xx

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  9. This is amazing! Wow! So creepy and so fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Kirsten! Its one of my favourite films so it gave me an excuse to watch it again. Plus as I painted them on tips, I can save them to wear on Halloween :D

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  10. I absolutely love this mani you did Sam! its amazing! great choice you made for the design :)

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    1. Thanks Dawn! Love it when an idea works out :) xx

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  11. this looks exactly like the pic.. pretty amazing!! luv this Mani

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  12. You and your amazing painting skills, as usual :P

    But yeah, this is awesome and reflects the spirit of the film perfectly. So creepy, yet so cool!

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    1. Thanks Manda! I'm so glad I painted this on tips so I can keep it :)

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