Happy Easter Sunday! Today I’ve got my left hand to show you – you don’t see that on here too often! This is the other hand of my Easter manicure – I posted the right hand on Friday. I’ve had lots of lovely comments about these all weekend. I’ve had to replace my stickers a few times, particularly on my thumbnails which seem to see a lot of abuse. But all in all, I like these stickers way more than glue. They seem to be much better for my nails and they last about as long. The shape of these nails is lovely!
To follow my Good Friday nails and their sunset theme I’ve got a sunrise theme for Easter Sunday – the dawn of a new day and a new way of thinking – essentially the birth of Christianity. Because while Jesus died two days ago, he didn’t stay dead. He came back to life and then disappeared off to heaven a few weeks after that. That’s a pretty awesome trick!
I struggled a little bit with this gradient – the very thing that worked for me last week when I put three colours in a gradient and they all bled together and formed other colours was a problem for this design because I ended up with a green sky! I did this gradient in little bits to get around that. I started with a base of Cloudless Sky by George, and then sponged on white in the middle and a mixture of Barry M Caramel and Barry M Mocha towards the bottom. After that had dried I added some Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival over the horizon and a little more Cloudless Sky towards the top. I added the detail in with Barry M Mushroom. It’s all finished off with a clear topcoat from George.
I love the image of the empty cross and this sunny sky as a juxtaposition to the grief that everyone must have been feeling at the end of Friday when those sorry, lifeless bodies would have been taken down. Easter Sunday is about hope – for resurrection of things that were dead, of redemption from the things that we’ve done wrong and finally of reconciliation with a God that loves us and wants us to be happy! Okay, I’ll stop waxing lyrical now. I just get a bit excited at this time of year. (And I haven’t had a single Easter egg yet!) Easter Sunday means more to me than Christmas, in terms of Christian festivals. I was up VERY early this morning for an outdoor service down at my local lake, followed by bacon sandwiches and a “regular” Easter Sunday service, and then my family all came over for lunch. It was a bit like Christmas, except without all the stress of present wrapping. 😉
I hope you’ve had a fabulous Easter and spent it with people that you love. I’ll see you tomorrow for more untrieds in the Neverending Pile Challenge!