Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Before & After: Medieval Tapestry


Urg. This is the first of my time period challenge manicures that I'm not happy with.

I'm sort of half happy with it. Maybe three-quarters happy with it, because I like 3 out of the 4 nails you can see.

But let me start at the beginning. This week's time period is the medieval period, and when I think of this time period, I think of tapestries, like this pretty one I found online:

So, of course, I decided to try to replicate the feel on my nails. Should have been easy enough, and mostly it was.

I started with a base of Hard Candy Crush On Ivy, one of the new Hard Candy colors; it's a pretty frosty green with lashings of golden yellow:

Hard Candy Crush On Ivy

Next, I stamped on a leaf pattern to recreate the leafy border of the above tapestry with Winstonia plate W117, and China Glaze Passion. Then, since unicorns are such a big symbol in medieval tapestries, I decided it would be perfect to have a unicorn on the accent nail, so I stamped one with China Glaze Mahogany Magic:

It's a unicorn, really. That's a horn on top of the head.

"But Michelle," I know you're saying, "Um...I'm pretty sure that unicorns in medieval tapestry are white, because they are symbols of purity and chastity and innocence and stuff, and that's why they're on the tapestries in the first place! Why, oh why, did you not stamp the unicorn in white??"


Yes, that would have been a good idea, and I did actually try to stamp it in white--in fact if you look really closely, you can see it under the brown horse, just below a bit. It didn't show up at all!!! I didn't expect that it would meld into the gold so much, but it did. So, some little part of my brain that apparently had been deprived of oxygen yelled out 'Hey! BROWN!!" So I did it in brown. And it looks like a horse. And I didn't have a chance to redo it.

So, if you'd do me a favor of just looking at the other three nails and pretending that there is no ring finger there, we can both just walk away and pretend none of this ever happened.

In fact, best thing is to just go look at the other medieval manicures linked below, and forget about this one as soon as possible...>.>

Thanks for taking a look! Big hugs. :)


  1. It doesn't look that bad! I still really enjoyed it :)

    1. Aw, thank you, you are so kind! I did like the leafy effect, and I'm going to use that again next Christmas. :)


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