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Digital Dozen does Re-creation: Roses

I am BEYOND excited for this week’s Digital Dozen challenge. We are celebrating our Digi-versary by re-creating favorite past Digital Dozen manicures. The ladies of the Digital Dozen are very talented, so this week is an exciting challenge, to be sure!

Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Now – today is the start of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). I’ve scheduled this post ahead of time, and I am off celebrating with friends and family. However, I had some thoughts I wanted to share with you. I picked this gorgeous manicure by the lovely Katee of A Girl and Her Polish to kick of the week. Katee is a fabulous person (she’s a teacher!) and a creative and talented nail artist. At the start of this new year, I wanted to honor those I’ve learned from. Though she may not know it, Katee has taught me a lot!

Artistically, Katee is a multi-layered thinker. What I mean by this is that her art is dimensional. She uses layers to build up a look. It’s not my instinct to work that way, to build up a pattern. It’s a valuable skill, and I look up to her sense of depth and cohesion!

Katee is also a dedicated teacher. She has taught me about balance. As I struggle to maintain this blog and keep up my art, I look to artists like Katee, who somehow seems to have it all figured out – she knows what her priorities are, and she lives by them.

Plus, her design is floral and pretty and I love it <3

Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's Nails
Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's NailsI ordered a sampler of assorted acrylic paints, and have been OBSESSED. You will probably see a lot of paint this week!

I started off with two coats of OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons. Then, I tried to emulate Katee’s first layer. She stamped it, but I am such a stamping newb that I freehanded some vines, using acrylic paint. Then I set to work making some vintage roses (also using paint!). I loved the dots in Katee’s original version, though I think I may have overdone it a little. See what I mean about how she builds up layers? So cool.

Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Digital Dozen does Re-Creation - Roses by A Girl and Her Polish | The Dalai Lama's Nails
Wishing you all a sweet, happy, healthy, wonderful New Year. Shanah Tovah, friends!

Digital Dozen does Re-creation

I’m pretty sure you are bound to see some stunning art this week – so be sure to check it out!

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  • That’s gorgeous Hannah! Such a cool freehand recreation of a stamped mani!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      Thank you! (If you saw the vines without the roses on top, you might not say the same thing, lol)

  • Katee’s way of layering is a huge inspiration to me as well – she’s got a great eye for it and it’s definitely caused me to try similar techniques. Love your recreation and happy new year to you!!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I agree – it’s such an awesome way to compose nail art, and is a real inspiration to me! And thanks!

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    These are so gorgeous! Beautiful re-creation!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you so much!

  • Awesome job recreating her floral nails! Looks just like it.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      Yay! Thanks, Lisa!

  • These are so gorgeous! Your version looks absolutely amazing!