My first ever nail art contest!! It starts NOW and ends August 10th, 2012.
If you don't know, I am an archaeologist. An historical one. So I do like my history :) I also love legends and myths because they tell so much about the people who invent them. Some of my favorite legends and history lie in the countries of Britain and France (pictures above are Tristan and Iseult). However, these countries are not the only ones with chivalrous knights and monarchies!
Do you like dragons and dungeons?! Put some dragons in a dungeon!! Do you like shields, swords, and heraldry?! Put some of that on your nails! How about textile patterns and art of the period? Certainly!
I want you to use some of your stamps like you have never used them before. Brick motif for a castle wall or a dungeon floor can come from a full nail stamp. Silhouettes of casual people can be modified into knights and ladies. A "wallpaper" full nail design can be the backdrop to a tapestry.
Maybe you do not know much about this time period. That is okay! You probably know something about Avalon, Merlin, and Arthur or maybe you know a little about the Crusades. You may have read or watched a Robin Hood legend. These are all great!! I also encourage you to move out of Britain and France and explore other countries and cultures between the 11th and 17th centuries, particularly those with monarchies and elaborate customs/costumes.
ALL PRIZES PURCHASED BY ME!! No sponsors!! No free stuff!!
Just some of my favorite things :D
There will be THREE stamping winners
First Place will be for the best ADVANCED stamper
They will receive
Barielle Elle's Spell, One of the pictured fauxnad plates, Wet n Wild Cost Is No Issue (this is NOT the same as the Sally Hansen Gem Crush polish!), a bottle of Biotin, and "Casual" shimmer strips by Physician's Formula! (all items purchased by me)
Second Place will be for the best INTERMEDIATE stamper
They will receive
Barielle Teaser, Julep Jodie, the remaining fauxnad plate from the First Place photo, and Physicians Formula pH color changing lip gloss!
Third Place will be for the best BEGINNER stamper
They will receive
Hard Candy Frenzy, CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Dazzle, and Nicole Save the Last Dance!
There will be ONE official freehand winner and ONE honorable mention (who will receive a surprise prize)
The official winner will receive
Sally Hansen Purple Pizzazz, Wet n Wild Cost is No Issue, and a bottle of Biotin!
BIG BAD RULES:
If you enter the stamping contest, you MUST use stamps as the dominant nail art on all 4 nails; NO stencils or decals. Stampers can use *some* freehanding but you must still use primarily stamps. I know it is hard if you don't have all the stamps you need to create your design but you should really stretch your creative use of the stamps you do have for this contest :)
*Only* use freehanding to create nail art. NO stamping, stencils, or decals.
You must create a unique and original design.
Allowable techniques to use in addition to stamping and freehanding:
TAPE (no tape/striping tape left on the nail)
other techniques that do not distract from the main nail art
PLEASE do not use religious or sacred imagery!
INCLUDE IN YOUR PHOTOS:
Paper with the words "NoHolos HML Contest" which cannot be photoshopped, must be in original photo
4 nails MUST be shown
Please try to take a clear and good quality photo. Taking a photo outside during the day (not in direct sunlight) is the easiest way of taking a clear photo. Blurry photos are *very* hard to judge and may end up being ignored, I don't want that to happen to you!!
Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Internationally (but limited; please see the photo at the top)
Please follow the blog in some way before entering.
Judges will be picked by me near the contest close.
I will definitely be using my mother, cousin, and artist husband as judges. I may ask some bloggers to help as well, so if you are not interested in participating, please email me to assist in judging :)
I have not included inspirational manis because I know all of you will have something in mind anyhow :))
If you have any questions, please ask!!