Week 10: OPI Products
For this challenge I wanted to create a mural for Mariah Carey in which every detail is specific to her — it was created solely with polish! I wanted to encompass all that is Mariah and wanted each detail to be personal. Using the seasons as my backdrop made it easy to incorporate many different elements. I started by creating a color-fade that would work for any season, mimicking the sky. A fine shimmer top coat was added for sparkle, which also doubled as snow in the winter scene. Next, I painted a large “Family Tree”, which created a perfect transition for the seasons. The tree has Mariah and her husband Nick’s initials etched into the bark. The first two leaves in their own family have been added with their children’s initials nearly hidden in their natural setting. Spring was the perfect setting for her iconic butterflies. These were created with polish on a form, then cut to shape, and finally painted to create unique designs for each. The rainbow came straight from the studio album and added color and fun to this part of the design.
The changing leaves take us to winter where music dances on the wind. With all of her amazing holiday songs, the winter season could not be overlooked! A cartoon likeness of Mariah was painted to pay homage to her “Heartbreaker” video, as well as her and Nick’s Christmas cards. Mariah holds one of her five Grammy awards in her hand. Christmas ornaments and snow were added to set the holiday mood.
The thumbs were tricky to tie into this design. Ultimately I decided I wanted the thumbs together to create a small mural of a butterfly. Mariah’s initials were added in the detail, as well as her signature bling. Overall, I wanted the set to not only scream Mariah, but to be extremely personal as well. Adding specific details to her is what made the design fun, intricate, and a one-of-a-kind mural just for her and her family! Creating personalized art like this is probably my favorite part of what I do!