Thursday, 6 November 2014

My Nails Were Made in Chesterfield!

I live in Chesterfield, in lovely Derbyshire, and I love it here. This week I was feeling very uninspired for nail designs, but then on Monday I saw a competition to make "something" inspired by Chesterfield, which gave me some ideas!  It may well not be what they're wanting, and it's not about winning, but at least I got some inspiration!

If you don't know Chesterfield (and you probably don't!) then it's a smallish town near the Peak District, and the most famous thing is the Crooked Spire, which you can see from the train if you're going THROUGH Chesterfield, which if you've ever travelled north-south in England, then you've probably done. But there's more to Chesterfield than the Crooked Spire!

So here are my inspirations:

The Crooked Spire:



Linked to this, the logo of my workplace (although we often use this in lime green):






Photo credit: Chesterfield College, chesterfield.ac.uk 


The historic market:


Photo credit: chesterfield.gov.uk 


The half-timbered buildings of Knifesmithgate:


Photo credit: geograph.org.uk 


The super cool snail sculpture. This is a sculpture by an artist called Liz Lemon, and can be found near the train station.
 



Photo credit: Waymarking.com

And of course, the football team!

Photo credit: chesterfield-fc.co.uk  

And here are my nails!


I used a base of Barry M Pearl on my little, ring and middle fingers, a base of Barry M Mist on my thumb, and Barry M Blue Grape on my index finger. 

I then painted the snail freehand using a fine brush and OPI Push and Shove. I accented this with Barry M nail art pens in black and white. I also used the Barry M pens to do the CFC logo on my index finger. I didn't add the red that's in the proper logo, as I don't have a fine enough brush to do this or a red nail art pen. 

I used She Sells Seashells straight stencils to make the chevrons for the market stalls, using Barry M Spring Green. I painted the spire and the frame round it using Barry M Key Lime and a fine brush.  The little finger is a bit messy! I used Barry M Cocoa, and a fine (not fine enough!) brush. I wasn't thrilled with how that one in particular turned out, but I suppose the half timbered buildings are a bit rustic too... 

These weren't hugely successful!  Most of my colleagues didn't know what most of this was meant to represent - EVEN THE ONE THAT IS OUR WORK LOGO!  Oh well, at least I had fun!





8 comments:

  1. Chesterfield Nails! And I can bet almost, if not all, the polishes were bought in Chesterfield too.

    Very cool, and I hope you win. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I'm sure they were all bought here.

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  2. These nails looks really good! I like your inspiration :-)

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  3. Love these, especially the recreation of the shell sculpture! I have family in Matlock so drive through Chesterfield whenever I visit them :-) x

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    1. Thank you!

      I love the snail (the real one, not the one on my nails!) - something about the metal and the shine...

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  4. I was in Chesterfield about a month ago. Small world 😊
    I think the inspiration for these is amazing x

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    1. Thank you! And yes, it really is a small world isn't it?

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