Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Artist Inspo: Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein - 'Brushstroke' 1965
Emma and I are both big fans of Roy Lichtenstein and went to the Tate Modern exhibition last year. It was a wonderful exhibit of his work and Emma blogged about it here.

I've been thinking of doing a pop art nail design for a while, but have been waiting for the right inspiration. This finally came along in Lichtenstein's 'Brushstroke', right. I've always loved the simplicity of this painting and recreated once before for a school art project.

To make this work as nail art I had to alter the design and decided to mix up the colours a little too while I was at it. I elongated the brush stroke to spread it out across four nails. 

To create this design I started with a base of white polish. Onto this I added the smallest dots I could, as close together as possible, using a black Barry M nail pen. Once the dots were dry I drew on the brushstroke outline using the same pen. I then filled the colour in with another Barry M pen, this time pink. Finally, I added the detailing with the black pen and topped it with HK Girl. 

I really wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, and was completely prepared to scrap it if the finished mani didn't do old Roy justice. However, I'm pretty pleased with the result and hope that you all feel the same. My brushstroke looks a little more like a ribbon as I spread it out, that's something I would try to improve if I did this design again.

Who's your favourite artist? Have you ever created nails inspired by their work?



  1. Oh this looks sooo cool! The brushstroke looks amazing and I love the amount of tiny dots - I think it looks very edgy! I once did Mondriaan nails (with all the squares in different colours) before I started blogging - I probably should recreate them now because I thought they looked really cool haha :)

    1. You should definitely recreate your Mondrian nails, we would love to see them. E&J.xx


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