Change The Game – TNG Stage 2 Course with Kirsty Meakin

I’ve just completed the That Nail Girl Stage 2 Change The Game Course with Kirsty Meakin. What a brilliant teacher and a lovely lady.

I’ve been booked on this course since December and we’ve all been so excited to attend. We are the first group to train with Kirsty and we were all so in awe of her amazing talents. Having watched her videos on youtube (Chesterfield Cushion design here) we had an idea what to expect but we just didn’t realise how much she knows. There are over 380 videos on there, go subscribe.

TNG Stage 2 Certificate

My Certificate

 

5 intense days in which she kept us back til 8pm most nights. Fab week and met some lovely ladies from all around the country, all of us are determined to return. Kirsty is amazing and helped by her Brilliant efficient PA Jode Taylor we had a great week. Lot’s of work and lots of play too.

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The recurring advert… again and again!

Great set up and so much glitter around us, like a nail tech’s heaven. This ad will forever remind me of my week in Stoke!

I went to the course not very keen on acrylics and not expecting much but I am inspired now… who wants acrylics? Long ones, short ones, detailed ones…  Come on, let me loose on your nails!

 

Almond, edge and square

First day, Almond, Edge and square nails

Blue glitter fade acrylic

Blue glitter fade acrylic

Ccurve

My C Curve

 

Colour drops in the acrylic with glitter and painted filigree

Colour drops in the acrylic with glitter and painted filigree

Cut out, mylar inlay and 3d bow

Cut out, mylar inlay and 3d bow

Cut outs day 3

Before the bow

Day 4 3 fingers

Day 4

Gothic almond

My Gothic almond with lace imprinting

French nails acrylic

Day 2, French variations

Stage 2 Kirsty Meakin Class

Kirsty and the Students

 

Ben on his back

Ben, our smelly companion!

Kirsty Meakin

Kirsty on our last day

Inlaid lace day 3

Inlaid lace

Inlaid lace side view

Side view

Marble and cut outs

Marbling and cut outs. This needs work!

Smile day 5

Smile line on thumb

The nail above is the Dragon nail Kirsty created for me. Fabulous!

Vintage Rose Nail with bling

Vintage Rose Nail with bling

Vintage rose

Vintage Rose Nail with bling. Inlaid 3d roses.

New Year New Nails

It’s New Year 2017. New Year, New Nails. It’s actually July but I’ve just got round to posting. I’m gradually catching up!

Here are some nails from January.
For more up to date nails and news see my Facebook Page here and for details of Nail and Beauty Training Courses in Dorset Somerset and Wiltshire see Lorraine Connelly Beauty Training in association with Jane Bryan Beauty Training 

Natural nails  with acrylic overlay, pink with handpainted flower

Natural nails with acrylic overlay, pink with handpainted flower

Pink gel, pink glitter and and holographic pigment

Pink gel, pink glitter and and holographic pigment

Foil and Gelish Night Reflection

Foil and Gelish Night Reflection

Foil and Gelish Rendezvous

Foil and Gelish Rendezvous

Night Reflection and sand flowers and bling purple nails

Night Reflection and sand flowers and bling

French with butterfly stamp and glitter

French with butterfly stamp and glitter

French with flowers and silver

French with flowers and silver

The Gel bottle sparkly blue nails

The Gel bottle sparkly blue nails

Gel painting practice

Gel painting practice

Ink and fireworks over natural nails

Ink London gel polish and fireworks over natural nails

Silver and purple Glitter and striping tape

Silver and purple Glitter and striping tape

Matte cashmere lashes

Matte cashmere lashes

Red gel polish with gold lines

Red gel polish with gold lines

Teal bubble nails

Teal bubble nails, matte base with a dew effect

Wedgewood on velvet

Wedgewood design on velvet

Wedgewood swatches

Wedgewood on velvet swatches with flash

 

Christmas Nails

Yes, I know I am six months late publishing these nails to the blog! What can I say… events overtook me 🙂 These are some of my Christmas designs.
To keep up to date as I publish see my Facebook Page here.

Jewelled xmas swatches

Jewelled xmas swatches

Xmas design over red gel with hand painted trees and glitter baubles

Xmas design over red gel with hand painted trees and glitter baubles

Xmas stamping over blue gel

Xmas stamping over blue gel

Blood diamond with 3d gel

Blood diamond with 3d gel

Acrylic frost with stamping and hand painted icicles

Acrylic frost with stamping and hand painted icicles

Ink London with glitter and handpainted 3d gel xmas nails

Ink London with glitter and handpainted 3d gel xmas nails

Felicity the Fairy ready for a trip to Lapland

Felicity the Fairy ready for a trip to Lapland

Christmas nails in red and green glitter with stamping

Christmas nails in red and green glitter with stamping

One stroke presents, baubles, bells and tree on xmas nails

One stroke presents, baubles, bells and tree on xmas nails

Fran xmas nails

One stroke presents, baubles, bells and tree on Christmas nails

Frost and baubles nail swatches

Frost and baubles swatches

Holly and music One stroke swatches

Holly and music One stroke swatches

Blood Diamond with bling. Xmas Design

Blood Diamond with bling. Xmas Design

Sparkly pink nails with 3d christmas detail Snowflakes bauble

Sparkly pink nails with 3d christmas detail

Green and red festive glitter snowflake nails

Green and red festive glitter snowflake nails

Green and red festive glitter snowflake nails

Green and red festive glitter snowflake nails

I30 and stars and snowflakes1 logo

 

November Dark Nights

November Nail Designs. Shades are getting darker ready for the cold dark nights but the bling is starting to appear more and more.

Matte Black, deep red and glitter nails

Matte black, deep red and glitter nails

Cashmere eyelash extensions, so light

Cashmere eyelash extensions, so light

Animal print over Gelish Tiger Blossom and nude gel polish

Animal print over Gelish Tiger Blossom and nude gel polish

One stroke over black gel to match a party dress

One stroke over black gel to match a party dress

Gelish Caution with glitter and sparkles

Gelish Caution with glitter and sparkles

Gelish  with striping tape and glitter

Gelish with striping tape and glitter

French nails with orange 3d detail

French nails with orange 3d detail

French nails with silver swirl

French nails with silver swirl

Illumina gel with bronze and gold foil

Illumina gel with bronze and gold foil

Cats eye, stockig effect and bling nails

Cats eye, stockig effect and bling nails

Pigments and glitter for a sparkly ombre

Pigments and glitter for a sparkly ombre

October Autumn Nail Designs

Autumn Nail Designs

Ink London Blood diamond with Swarovski. Beautifully rich red

Ink London Blood diamond with Swarovski. Beautifully rich red

Ink London Blood diamond with plaid

Ink London Blood diamond with plaid

Cat eye effect gel polish and one stroke

Cat eye effect gel polish and one stroke

Cat eye with sheer stocking effect gel polish

Cat eye with sheer stocking effect gel polish and detailed bling

Pigments and stamping over pale blue gel polish

Pigments and stamping over pale blue gel polish

Magpie Eadie Glitter

Magpie Eadie Glitter

Gelish caution with stamping

Gelish caution with stamping

Nude polish with copper glitter

Nude polish with copper glitter

One stroke Poppy for Remembrance Day

One stroke Poppy for Remembrance Day

Kruger national park nails pigment neon leopard

Nail ready for a Safari to Kruger National Park

Matte stocking effect nails with 3d detailing

Matte stocking effect nails with 3d detailing

Halloween nails in black, red and silver

Halloween nails in black, red and silver

Pastel animal print nails

Pastel animal print nails

Pink nails with 3d detailing, glitter and holographic pigment

Pink nails with 3d detailing, glitter and holographic pigment

Script stamping over french nails

Script stamping over french nails

Striping on navy nails

Striping on navy nails

 

September Nails

Some of my September finger nail and toenail designs. Still catching up! What else to do on a rainy Dorset Sunday afternoon?

Pigment over gel polish toes with 3d petals

Pigment over gel polish toes with 3d petals

Acrylic extensions, aqua background with pink one stroke

Acrylic extensions, aqua background with pink one stroke

Acrylic extensions with pink and gold sparkles

Acrylic extensions with pink and gold sparkles

3d silver detail over black nails and a blingy glitter ring finger

3d silver detail over black nails and a blingy glitter ring finger

Assymetric french

Assymetric french with silver accents

Black silver chrome and rockstar

Black, silver, chrome and Rockstar nails

Gelish Shake it til you Samba with 3d designer gel detail on fingers and toes

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on fingers and toes

Ink London Gel with Holgraphic pigment

Ink London Gel with Holgraphic pigment

Forbidden love with silver stampig

Forbidden love with silver stamping

Gel bottle 146 and one stroke

The Gel Bottle 146 and one stroke petals

Gelish with 3d silver gel and glitter on purple

Gelish with 3d silver gel and glitter on purple

Gel polish french with silver swirls

Gel polish french with chrome silver swirls

Peach cobbler with onestroke and bling

Peach cobbler with onestroke and bling

Starburst with one stroke, holo pigment and gems

Starburst, Lilac with one stroke, holo pigment and gems

One stroke on french nails

One stroke on french nails

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on all nails

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on all nails

Tahiti hottie with bling purple nails

Tahiti hottie with bling

 

August 2016 Nails – eventually!

I’ve let myself get a little behind in posting the latest nails to the blog. Next few posts are just catching up!

To keep up to date and see my latest designs see my Facebook Page here.

Reverse french acrylics with pink and blue glitters

Reverse french acrylics with pink and blue glitters

Onestroke roses painted over french nails

Onestroke roses painted over french nails

One stroke butterfly on gel polish

One stroke butterfly on Ink London gel polish

Illumina Gel Polish on fingers and toes.

Illumina Gel Polish on fingers and toes. It’s impossible to capture the colours in these. Purple in one light, blue in another and green in another!

Gel polish with pigments, glitters and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments, glitters and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments and 3d designer gel detail

Blue chrome effect nails

Blue chrome effect nails

Super holo over pink gel polish

Super holo over pink gel polish

Glitter base with double stamping in black and gold

Glitter base with double stamping in black and gold

Cat eye effect with purple and pink flicks

Cat eye effect with purple and pink flicks

 

geometric design

I’d forgotten I did these. Hand painted for a photo shoot. Geometric designs inspired from a pinterest picture

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here again! Lots of hearts and flowers on the nails. Have you any plans for tomorrow?

I’ve taken a day off as I have the house to myself so it’s going to be a play day, this time I need to get ahead so probably do some Easter themed nails, Spring nails… summer… I can’t wait!

 Valentine Nails with hearts and foil detail

Valentine Nails with hearts and foil detail

Red and Black ombré Valentine Nails with hearts

Red and Black ombré Valentine Nails with hearts

I took part in an online course yesterday via Periscope with Dega Mosane in which she showed various One Stroke, Zhostovo and Foil techniques. That’s on the agenda tomorrow too. I have a set of lashes to do later this afternoon then no  more clients til Wednesday so lots of time to get messy and get all my pretties out! Pics to follow.

I’m also working on my new site www.lcbta.co.uk which was launched last week. You will find  nail and beauty training courses here which I am adding to all of the time. I’m off to Plymouth on Friday for advanced training in various techniques and skills, more details to come! I also have a new Facebook page linked to that site. Come along and have a look.

 

Lorr ad for gg feb val
Red with gold lines

One Stroke Christmas Cakes

Charity Christmas Cakes – Painted with One stroke technique

Back in November I agreed to decorate 2 cakes for Christmas for a a Devon Hospital Charity. My client Cath’s husband Tom has made 13 cakes and has decorated 11 of them beautifully. Cath and I had spoken about the One stroke wedding cake I painted last year so I agreed to decorate 2 of the cakes for charity.

To begin – the bare cakes

Ready to start. The bare cakes

Ready to start. The bare cakes

I played around a little on card before I committed brush to cake. Using powdered food colouring pigments and alcohol I painted both cakes slightly different to each other. I painted an assortment of Poinsettia, holly, ivy and stylised Christmas trees aided by a glass of wine or two.

2 x One Stroke Christmas Cakes

Work in progress. It’s hard not to rest on the icing and squash it in.

Cake 1 on the turntable - one stroke in progress

Cake 1 on the turntable – one stroke in progress

Cake 2 on the turntable - one stroke in progress

Cake 2 on the turntable – one stroke in progress

These cakes are FULL of fruit. I had them on a small turntable which made painting them much easier. The leaves and petals were painted using the One Stroke method which makes painting quick and easy. Details are added after the main leaves are painted. I used a variety of flat brushes, angled brushes and fine detail brushes and kept to a mainly Red and green palate.

 

Finished Cakes

Top view of cake

 

Swirly xmas tree cake

Tom decorated 11 of his cakes but decided he’d like to learn how to paint them with One Stroke so he has had his first lesson. Watch out next year for his decorated cakes!

Top view of swirly one stroke christmas cake

Top view of ribbon one stroke christmas cake



The finished One Stroke Christmas Cakes

The finished cakes.

Paw Patrol Nails

The Brief

Marshall from Paw Patrol Nails. Anyone who knows me knows I do not do Cute! I had to do minions last year and hated every minute of it. I’ve painted penguins, snowmen, reindeer all under duress.

This time I was sent a picture and asked to create a picture on a lady’s nails for her son’s birthday party. After a quick Google I discovered it was Marshall from Paw Patrol. There’s so much merchandise for this and I had never heard of it!

The Preparation

I figured I really needed to practice on swatches first, glass of wine in hand, Netflix playing Sons Of Anarchy… I was all set! NOT as easy as I first thought! The eyes. So  hard to get them not looking cross-eyed. The position was hard too as I kept making it too far over so his fireman’s hat was hanging off the nail. Eventually I created  these 2.

Pawpatrol swatches for nails with Team Gorgeous Dita Brush

 

I chose a black and a white gel base for contrast. Painted using acrylic paints and a size 0 brush with details painted using Team Gorgeous Dita brush.

Marshall Design on the Nails

Natalie came in Friday for the actual nails. She decided to have the other nails in the colours of the other Paw Patrol Characters with little paw prints on them.  The end result was very bright and met with her son’s approval. Can’t wait to see the party pictures!

Paw patrol nails with Marshall

Bespoke nail art is always a pleasure, I love a challenge and trying new ideas. I wonder what’s next? I flat out refuse to do minions though!