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Valentine Gradient Nails by KatieAlves Valentine Gradient Nails by KatieAlves
So I finally tried to do gradient nails. Man is it ever time consuming! The picture doesn't exactly show it properly, but I thought I would share it with you guys none the less.

I started with a really white-pink colour and then slowly added darker and darker pinks until I hit black. Then I added pink sparkles on top. (Yes, sadly deviant art makes the pink purple. ugh)

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day!
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First of all I want to say that 14th of February means a lot for me because it is one of the most important dates in my life! In this day were born two very important people for me: my kind, comic and lenient father Alexei and my very best friend Valeria! Nevertheless that this date IS important for me I do not consider it like a day of love, day of all lovers and everyone who is in loved. For my conservative, self-critical and exacting nature it would be just “all sugar and honey” to celebrate The Day of Love (with hearts, flowers, candies, couple of a white pigeons all around etc.) In fact I am not a romantic person mostly so the fact that here is a connection between this manicure and The Valentine Day do not touch my feelings at all!

So, let us go straight to the artwork by itself! Nevertheless that I do not prefer to interpret The Valentine Day as a day of love, I know what can symbolize it and I am not sure that the violet color is one of the symbols of this lovely holiday! Pink and red may be significant for this day. As I know, while the first love some people truly can see the pink clouds (only the PINK clouds). And usually this color palette is used to emphasize something nice and sweet: like a first love for example! And red color usually symbolizes more passionate love of adults: it is like the man is asking for the hand of a woman, ready to give her his bloody red heart… Well, of course I may be not very sure about the meanings of pink and red colors, but nevertheless I still do not think that violet color is pretty suitable for The Valentine Day! And one more remark about the color of the nails. You very nicely described what colors did you use for this manicure and how (in what order) did you use them. First was light-pink color, then it was more dark pink and then you finally reached the black color. Well, I think that it is very good that you all by your own created the way to reach the gradient effect on the nails. But from my point of view your manicure looks like it is unfinished, because I believe that in true gradient the watchers would not note that there are three layers of colors used in your manicure, and I just can see all three used layers on some of your nails! The colors should just very slowly flow from one color to another!
I would like to apologize to you at this point because I think that someone would like to say to me that if I am saying that this work wasn’t done right then maybe I should try to do it by myself! Not once I said that I am not an artist, but nevertheless, if person is posting his or her works I think that they should be done right and just impeccably! I am very exacting with anyone and anything, so I as the watcher would like to see not just an attempt to do something but a good and finished artwork nevertheless where this artwork is done (paper, computer or even face and the body of a human or other living thing)!

One more thing I would like to say about the quality of the picture by itself. Of course I understand that in real life all things do not look like we try to depict them on paper or with photo, but nevertheless I think that in spite of the artists’ opinion all the pink sparkles and the manicure by itself are shown very properly. But the fingers, the skin on them and all the lines on them also are shown very naturally, for me even too much naturally! Of course I understand that fingers are pretty skinny like all parts of our body, but the you should work on the quality of the photos at this point, because I would not prefer to spend all the time looking not on the nice manicure but on the skinny fingers! You should pay your attention not only on the main object on the photo because everything is major!

Well, I really think that if the artist is a specialist and a connoisseur in his or her genre of art and is already pretty famous with what she does, the artist should not experiment with other genres nevertheless that make-up and manicure are a little bit near to each other like the arts! I still believe that there would be a lot of people, fans and watchers who would find this artwork as a very attractive masterpiece of manicure! Nevertheless that I was not affected by this work I believe that it is a very talented artist (looking at all her gallery) and we should be glad that in our beloved DA community is some person who prefer to develop herself in all genres of art without dread of other people opinions and if something will not come out as she wanted!

With all my respect.
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BlueBirdBlackBird Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  New member
The nails look amazing there so pretty you should be nail designer
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sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
how many polished do u need for this?
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think I ended up using 5? Light pink, medium pink, darker pink, black and then sparkles.
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sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
black nail polish? ... also, is the sparkles nail polish or just... "sparkle dust"?
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:iconkatiealves:
KatieAlves Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yup everything I used was nail polish!
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sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
uuuwow~!!!
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vampyrpryncess Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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Rhythm86 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing, but yes it does seem time consuming. =P Great result nevertheless!
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DaintyNails Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. You did the best job. Did you use different shades of pink, of did you use more polish as you went further down. Please explain this to me, as gradiet nail always confuse me
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I used a bunch of shades of pink until I reached to black at the tip! :)
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DaintyNails Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Do you move downwards as you go? (sry for all my questions)
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I start with the lightest colour and continue up, adding colour until I reach the black. :)
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DaintyNails Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ok thank you
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BellaF-OLiver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist
I've always wanted to do that
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art-and-ineffability Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have you ever thought of trying gradient nails using eye shadow?

You paint a layer of clear nail varnish, let it dry for a few seconds so it's not still sloppy, brush on some eye shadow, and then if you want to make it a gradient do another layer of clear and then darker eye shadow, and then a top coat of clear
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Holy crap I never thought of that! I will definitely try that! Thank you! :D
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art-and-ineffability Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem xD I just thought it's probably easier than using a million shades of nail varnish!
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I-rE-nA-216 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow how did you do it to make it non-blocky looking?
did you put layer by layer? (which i think is just impossible..) gahh.. either way there nice! :)
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yup, layer by layer. It took waaaay too long! haha
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I-rE-nA-216 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow the transitions look smooth too. you did great then!! congrats :clap:
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MisaMisaKagamine Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Hey! I have that nailpolish!
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welchystar Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I WANT THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmoonaaa:
moonaaa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could you make a video of this on YouTube? Please <3 It's lovely!
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ladyspyogenes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So pretty! It's like looking into a field of lavender at twilight on your fingers ^_^ Nice job
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t1gertasha Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
real nice
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KissMeAtApocalypse Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Love this! i just found your page today and ive already made my first attempt at this :D
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How'd it turn out? :D
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KissMeAtApocalypse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
good! I did pink too, except I didn't go as dark as black at the tips, just a very dark magenta. They turned out awesome! I want to do it again with like a green or blue next time.
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keidream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
This is AWESOME. I wish I could paint my nails like this. Beautiful job!
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helenaoriana Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
:O
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Aythnic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thats awesome, great jobe, i love it!
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Spazz-Of-Spades Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
How do you manage to paint your nails so steadily? D: I always get it all over my cuticles and fingers, ESPECIALLY when I'm painting on my non dominant hand, and I keep painting my nails to try and build my muscles and skill with it, but no luck.
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I use Q-tips to clean everything up afterwards, I'm horribly shaky with nails! XD
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De5sertRo5e Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Very nice!!
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ilovetangled Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soooo cool B-)
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Curse these nails for being so gorgeous and so time consuming
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Pumpkin-Reject Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
that's realy cool! i'm definitely gonna try that!
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ObliviousDolfin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
wow that's awesome! i wish i had the patience to do that....
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WillowxSage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE gradient nails. I've done them at least twice now. So much fun. And you did good.
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Sympli-Me Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ive been doing gradient nails for a really long time and I looove them. I have some fun ones on my FB.
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Link? :D
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Sympli-Me Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I will upload them here shortly I thought I had lol but here's my fb:

[link]
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I can't view it, probably because we're not friends on Facebook.
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Sympli-Me Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That sucks :( Would love to add you. I don't spam games I promise lol I finally broke myself of those! lol
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Bahaha go right ahead, my name on there and the same as here!
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NepetaLoverMeow33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks great! i am ging to hae to try it sometime.so did you just add the colors right next to each other or did you blend them somewhat before you put the sparkle on top?
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I layered them on top of each other! I tried to blend them as much as possible before putting down the sparkle.
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NepetaLoverMeow33 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! i will definately have to try it some time
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F0ggi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student General Artist
very pretty, love the pink:la:
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Crittercre8r Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would not have the patience for this! They look very pretty!
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