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Nails 101: A Student Blog

Week 14: Blending Acrylics and Fantasy Art

by Joliessa Seguin | September 27, 2017
80s style sculpted nails for my lovely coworker.

80s style sculpted nails for my lovely coworker.

This week flew by. I already had three appointments scheduled this week so mentally, I was ready to go. As you all know it's been emotionally tough for me with all the time I've been spending away from my family. Each week gets harder, but my husband has been an amazing support system, pushing me to stay positive, and not miss a day of school no matter what. Not to mention all of the support I get from my family at work. They've seen my journey since the beginning, and they fill my days with positive feedback and love! 

Anyway, Monday arrived and I was setting up for my 5:30 p.m. appointment with one of my coworkers. Initially the appointment was set up for a fill with heavy lifting under the free-edge. I was a little nervous but I was ready to face whatever challenge I would face. When she arrived, I was surprised to see that I had a clean canvas to work with. She had taken off her nails, which was exciting because I got to give her a fresh set! The result was beautiful, neon multi-colored nails for an '80s-themed party she was going to be attending that weekend. She loved them, I loved them, and we were both proud of my progress. 

I attempted 3-D butterflies and flowers as my fantasy nail art.

I attempted 3-D butterflies and flowers as my fantasy nail art. 

The next day I had yet another no show client. It was supposed to be a full-set of hard gels, and it would've been my first attempt, but I was ready to give it a try. At first, I was a little disappointed but I decided to stay positive and take an "everything happens for a reason" approach to her absense. Since my client never showed, I practiced on my fake finger. On the sculpted hard gel nail that I created, I decided to attempt a fantasy nail art look of a butterfly. 

The nail did not turn out the way I had imagined in my head, but that just goes to show that it's usually a lot harder than others make it look. There weren't any colored acrylics around, so I made the flower and butterfly with clear acrylic and then painted the nails. It wasn't too bad for my first attempt at fantasy nail art, but it's something I'll definitely have to work on. 

We had to complete ten nails using the methods our instructor taught us with acrylic blending.

We had to complete ten nails using the methods our instructor taught us with acrylic blending. 

For our in-class day, our instructor demonstrated blending acrylics (marbling, color blocking, blending, etc.)  The assignment was to complete ten nails using the taught methods. I ended the week with my last scheduled appointment with another coworker, who came in for a fill, which was nice because I haven't seen her in a while. It gave us the opportunity to catch up while I make her nails look pretty again! She loved them. I'm getting better with quality, and I love seeing my progress, but I still need to work on the length of my services.

This was my last appointment of the week!

This was my last appointment of the week!

My husbad and instructor tell me that I need to continue to focus on the quality, and my timing will come with experience. I agree.The quality of my nails are of utmost importance, and I can't let something like timing affect that. I have to remind myself to be patient, which is easier said than done but I know that with patience and persistence I will persevere.

It's tough at times, I know, but we're already past the half way point.

We all need to remember to cherish every moment we have with family, and make every moment count while at work or school.

Spread love and love what you're doing!

Till next time,

Jojo

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