Saturday, 17 October 2015

Nail Design for Fun With Flags Link Up

So today's post is a little different, as today is my first link up post! So not only will you see the design I do but also there'll be a little linkup at the bottom with a load of other manicure designs on the same topic which for this one is "Fun with Flags" inspired by the mini series Sheldon Cooper presents in The Big Bang Theory.

This theme was the brain child of Dina for Secretary's Nail Art. So go and check out her post too! The theme is to basically try and uncover some of the symbols used in flags and not just use them for patriotic reasons. So with this brief, I decided to create my own flag using a few bits and pieces I found on the internet which I'll share with you.

Here's my end product:


The green base I chose is a revlon polish named 'Sassy' and I found it for the bargain price of 1 pound at my local pound store. I was so surprised when I put on one coat, it had some much cover that I decided it didn't need another. 

In flags the colour green is mostly associated with the Earth and Agriculture, as well as sometimes referring to the Muslim faith. For my flag I wanted it to represent that my made up country is a highly agricultural one. 


I also wanted to include another colour in my flag and after reading that the colour red often represents courage and revolution I stuck with that colour. 

Now for where to put the red colour. There's a lot of reading into the different directions of colours and how the flag is split up. You can split it with a border, a cross, a diagonal line, box in the corner and many other ways. Lines can be horizontal or vertical and each have different 'proper' names when describing parts of a flag, these are fesses and pales. From what I can gather straight lines in a flag are to represent the different regions in the nations and the different things the nation stands for. 

In order to get the polish onto my nail I simply used the brush that came with the polish and simply striped it up the centre of the nail. 


I then also wanted to show that these nations were not segregated and instead united and so chose white stars to represent freedom and solidarity. I placed these up the middle stripe of red using a tiny detail brush, flicking out from the middle of the star in 5 different directions. 


I then added on my favourite Matte Topcoat [The barryM one] to remove the shine from the design as I don't think there are many shiny flags out there. 


I hope you enjoyed this post, there's another linkup coming up near the end of October too so look out for that. Also comment down below any flag facts that you know, I'd love to hear them. Also holla if you know why colours like pink and purple aren't used on flags, they'd be awesome ;)

Also check out these other creations!





9 comments:

  1. This is such a great post. I love what you did with the collab. I never thought about looking into how flags are designed.
    I think your nails are super adorable as well.

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    1. Ahh, Thank you so much :) I loved doing them, and everyone want to know what was on my nails this week. :)

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  2. I love your personalized flag! I love all the tidbits of information you shared about flags you found in your research. Well done!

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  3. First yay, on your first link up!! :) And second, I dub this the Rhiannon Flag. :) I love that you created your own flag and gave us info on the meanings! That green is gorgeous too! I need to get my hands on some Sassy now!

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    1. Thank you, I didn't just want to do my home countries flag I wanted to take it in a different direction so hence a brand new flag :) And I definitely love that green it been in all my designs since I bought it!

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  4. I liked the idea that you've mentioned how flags are made. It's more or less the same with family crest.

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    1. Thank you, and I completely forgot about family crests, not that my family have one but that would have been such a great idea to do :)

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    2. I didn't even think about that!
      My family has one. I should do that one day.

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