Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah

During the time my parents came over to visit me, we went down to London as my mother was invited to attend a special art exhibition by artist Dr Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah. She is from Hong Kong and paints using both western and eastern techniques which gives a rather interesting look that is (in my opinion) dominantly Chinese but with a modern twist.

The exhibition was for a week only inside The Gallery in Cork Street. We were invited to sign a Chinese style register book upon entering and were able to take home books of her paintings.

Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah

Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah book

Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah book

Inside the book

The exhibition displayed select pieces from her gallery, focusing on Chinese women both in fiction and history. I found this to be fascinating myself as I know very little about Chinese history and my mother was a better guide than the text written alongside each painting. Still I took a copy of the book home with me so I can read the descriptions at leisure.

To find out more and see more examples, please see Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah’s website.

Dragon scale nails

As I will be travelling back to Belfast to see the Game of Thrones exhibition, I decided to paint dragon scales on my nails in preparation for it.

Dragon scale nails


It was amazing, I got to sit on the Iron Throne

Iron Throne

Maleficent vector art

Having seen Disney’s Maleficent at the cinema’s recently, I was casually browsing through the Disney Store online to see what merchandise was created to tie in with the movie. To my surprise, I came across these three lovely vectorised pieces of art which you could buy as a limited edition lithograph.

Maleficent graphics

The 2nd and 3rd graphics you can purchase as mugs, so I decidedly ended up buying them both.

Spring nails 2014

Something simple to celebrate Spring :D

Spring nails

Easter nails 2014

Got some new pastel coloured polish, so decided to experiment

Easter nails

Ice cream nails

Organised a trip to go to the lovely Ginger’s Comfort Emporium with a group of friends, so dressed my nails for the occasion. I high recommend you visit them as they have the most unique ice cream flavours I have ever eaten. Current favourites include the absinthe flavour as well as the mint and wheatgrass.

Nails inspired bu risanail.

Ice cream nails

I ordered the French Elvis which is (as quoted from their website) french toast, grilled and filled with salted caramel & peanut butter ice cream, Skippy peanut butter, fresh banana and our raspberry sauce. 

French Elvis

Birthday nails 2013

Ribbons and hearts to celebrate my birthday, inspired by UsagiHimeSama on deviantART.
Birthday nails 2014

Elsa from Frozen

Portrait of Elsa from Frozen, I love the fact that she shares the same first name as me :D

Elsa from Frozen

UoM Best in eLearning 2013-14 digital marketing

At my job in the University my team is running a Best in eLearning competition where students nominate a course in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences for best use of eLearning. The idea behind this was to reward our academics for using good examples of eLearning, as well as find out what is being used in our Faculty. The students are entered into a weekly prize draw to win an iPod shuffle with a grand prize of an iPad at the end of the competition. I was asked to help design some promotional material for it. The finished poster can be seen below:

Best in eLearning 2013-14 poster

Best in eLearning 2013-14 poster

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Chinese New Year nails 2014

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, I decided I’d paint my nails. I started off each nail with a light pink base, then using a sponge dipped into red created an ombre. Using a combination of a toothpick and the standard nail polish brush, I painted a horse calligraphy on my thumbnail, followed by a Chinese lantern and some blossoming flowers.

Year of Horse nails

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Year of the Horse :D