Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pyramus and Thisbe nail art


It's time for another Llama nails time periods nail challenge and today's theme is Ancient Rome! I did a bit of research to see if women colored or painted their nails back then and they did but it wasn't very common, they used crushed beetles to stain their nails red.
I didn't think that would make very attractive nail art so I decided to go with one of my favorite myths, the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.
I first heard this myth at a constellation/star talk and I thought it was just really beautiful but very sad too.

I started with a base of green and stamped a darker green leaf image over it for the mulberry leaves. I used a dotting tool for the different berries and I did some entirely red and some white with the red splashed on them.

Here's a brief telling of the myth (you can see the entire page on Wikipedia here)

Pyramus and Thisbe is the story of two lovers in the city of Babylon who lived in connected houses, but were forbidden by their parents to be wed, because of their parents' rivalry. Through a crack in one of the walls, they whisper their love for each other. They arrange to meet near Ninus's tomb under a mulberry tree and state their feelings for each other. Thisbe arrives first, but upon seeing a lion with a mouth bloody from a recent kill, she flees, leaving behind her veils, which the lion takes in it's jaws and tears and covers them in blood and then wanders away. Pyramus arrives and is horrified at the sight of Thisbe's veil, assuming that a fierce beast had killed her. Pyramus kills himself, falling on his sword in proper Roman fashion, and in turn splashing blood on the white mulberry leaves. Pyramus' blood stains the white mulberry fruits, turning them dark. Thisbe returns, eager to tell Pyramus what had happened to her, but she finds Pyramus' dead body under the shade of the mulberry tree. Thisbe, after a brief period of mourning, stabs herself with the same sword. In the end, the gods listen to Thisbe's lament, and forever change the color of the mulberry fruits into the stained colour to honour their forbidden love.

Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
CQ golden green,
N.Y.C French white tip,
N.Y.C broadway burgundy frost,
Crayola sea green,
Rimmel London 60" second camouflage,
Bundle monster plate BM05,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

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