A close family member of mine gave me this amazing book a few weeks ago called Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. Its been amazingly helpful because it has insights you can use every single day. Due to end of college/beginning of life stress, you better believe that its been great to have on hand. So, today’s design is inspired by the cover- a sand and rock garden….
I used Color Club Sweet seduction as a base with OPI San-Tantonio mixed with OPI Alpine snow sponged on to make the sandy texture (which you can’t see in a picture-only in real life, go figure). Then I used Clarins 103 (Pink Shimmer) over everything to make it look like 3d grains of sand…. I THEN used OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys for the lines in the sand and a mix of OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, China Glaze Cracked Concrete, OPI Black Shatter, and OPI Alpine Snow for the rocks. Topped off with one coat of Seche Vite and in person, its a wicked 3d sand garden and in pictures, it looks… sort of like one. :-)
I figured I’d share some of my… lovely… Synoptic II meteorology class with you today since my 9am lecture actually melted some of my brain. Really, I felt like when I moved my head around, it sloshed or something. Since it’s close to Halloween, I figured that brain would be an okay design… yes? Also, I figured I’d show you (below the nails) since it’s the inspiration for today’s nail art:
For this manicure, I started off with two coats of Color Club’s Smooth Operator Ridge Filler and one coat of Color Club’s High Society as a base. I then sponged on Color Club’s She’s So Glam in a VERY thin coat to make the gray matter slightly pinkish and I did the outlines in Sinful Colors Black on Black. I topped off with two coats of Color Club’s Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat.
First, Color Club’s Vivid Top coat rules. I suppose you just can’t see how great it is when I am intensifying GRAY, but I’ve used it on some of my drugstore polishes that have sort of faded over time and really, the color pops! I’ll have to do a plain manicure to show you some day very soon… it takes a bit longer to dry and it’s not so great at being applied over wet polish like fast dry top coats, so I waited an extra minute before applying it, and then it dried in almost as good a time as Seche or Speedy. Patience is a virtue though- it really works!
Now… the brain melting equations. Just as a summary if you care and if not, just skip this chunk; its the Omega Equation, which is derived from Newton’s Law of Thermodynamics and the classic equation F=ma. They’ve been combined and manipulated to approximately diagram the quasigeostrophic flow behavior of the atmosphere. It’s a second order non-linear differential equation-physically impossible to solve without drastic approximations. The boxed equations (one on each sheet) are the final equation, derived in such a way so that there is only one unknown. If that makes sense, you’re a better man than I, and if it doesn’t, just ignore me since I don’t know what most of it means either. I have to have both versions of the equation AND the derivations for each memorized in time for my next exam in this class….. shiver…
Gah! This is ONE equation!!! The top thing next to the 1.90 is part of it too! If you can’t read it, feel free to click to enlarge, or don’t, for fear of melting your brain, too! EEK!
Remember to send along your entries to my nail art contest! Deadline is November 12th! :-O