I had a few different ideas which I drew on paper in actual nail size to figure out what was possible. In the end hungry little cartoon zombies trapped on my nail that will never get to that delicious brain is what won. (That was a long sentence).
The brain is actually 3D and extra brainy looking. It was built up in layers. To make it even more 3D, once I'd put the top coat on and let it set a while, I poked at it with a tiny dotting tool and coaxed it into the slimey, bumpy, brainy mass you see before you.
For interests sake, this is the original concept drawing I did. In the end I put the brain on my middle finger though. I wanted two larger fingers on either side and my pinky is like a finger mini me.
A random in progress pic. A couple layers of brain and the heads of the zombies blocked out. I love the colour of the background on the zombie nails. I used two coats of OPI Fly and then layered a coat of OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam over the top. The result was a muted teal with subtle gold sparklies. It was almost a shame to cover it up!
Everything was done using dotting tools and colours I mixed from multiple polishes. Except the black for outlines which is black fluid acrylic paint. The above picture is one of the combinations I used for brain colouring. I also used a bit of yellow.
In case you really want to know, these are all the polish colours I used:
OPI: I Don't Give A Rotterdam, Fly, Need Sunglasses?, Elephantastic Pink, My Pointe Exactly, Care To Danse?, Suzi Loves Cowboys
China Glaze: White On White, Recycle
Essie: Pretty Edgy, Limited Addiction (the blood, which didn't photograph well. It looks awesome and dark and bloody in person)
Chi Chi: I Don't Do Dishes, Capital H.I.M
BC Co.: Shade 8
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