Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ingress ~ Enlightened

I've mentioned it before on my other blog, but I'm a big girl. I don't mean grown up, I mean I got more than a little meat on my bones. As such I've been keen this year to loose some (or alot) of weight. I took up jogging which, on its own is fine, but I just discovered a video game that ties very nicely into my wanting to get up and work out. It's called Ingress and it is a world wide, GPS based, capture the flag type game. You capture points (called portals) for your team. The catch is these portals are actual sculptures, interesting buildings, or works of art in your town. You have to physically go to these locations. This game gave me the excuse I was looking for to go for a long walk or jog. You can procrastinate when you're just listening to music and walking, but when you get a notification that the portal you captured yesterday is under attack today? You grab your shoes and try and get it back now! Its way more fun and addictive than you would think it would.

Anyway, there are 2 teams and I play for the green team (my fav color) called the Enlightened. The blue team is the Resistance. The idea behind the game is a new energy is leaking into our world called Exotic Matter (XM for short). The Enlightened want to study it and see if it can be harnessed for good. The Resistance believe no good will come of it and it was sent to control human minds. The theory is XM has been leaking for a long time and has shaped mankind's will for generations. It even has affected our minds and made us shape our art in a manner that will allow it to leak thru faster (hence portals are usually art sculptures. We unknowingly made them into patterns that will allow XM to come thru).

To do these nails, first I painted them all black using Orly "Black Vinyl". Then using a striper brush I painted white lines and free handed the enlightened symbol using Cosmetic Arts "Picture Day". I used the water color technique to make the foggy field areas (when you connect 3 portals in a triangle it makes a field between them and gives you lots of experience points.)

Then I painted over all of it with Sinful Colors "Irish Green" a bright green jelly. I hoped you wouldn't see the green over the black, but it did show up somewhat. Next time I'll have to be more careful with the jelly.

Some XM just floats around, that's the white dots I added after the green jelly. I am adoring this mani even tho very few people will understand it. If you get a chance, check out the game. And join the Enlightened! :)

Check out this great commercial for it! *Note: I am not paid for this. I wish I was, Google has deep pockets. I just really enjoy the game and like to talk about it.*

*Technical Difficulties* apparently I can't access YouTube on the mall's WiFi. I'll try and add the vid later.


  1. Hi, I am Italian, I love nail art and... I am Enlightened, too! :) I ADORE your mani, it's amazing! I would like to try to reproduce it on my nails, my team mates would go crazy... hahahaha! Thanks for sharing this post, and should it happen to you to come to visit Italy, you'll be always very welcome for a "walk-and-hack" session with us! :) Ciao, Maria Rosa

    1. Thanks! I would love to visit Italy! I bet you have portals on top of portals there :D I did these same nails for April's Ingress First Saturday event and got so many pictures and complements on them! They might even end up in the Sit-Rep video that was being filmed that day. I'm glad you liked them and hope you try them yourself.

  2. I'm so glad I found this! My son & I are going to our first anomaly next month and I'm doing a trial nail run ;) can't wait to get out and hack tomorrow with my Enlightened mani! Thank you so much for this!

    1. I have yet to do an anomaly but want to so bad. My phone crashed hard-core and I haven't been able to play for months.

      I sure your nails will turn out fab, but if you need any help let me know! The water color technique can take a little practice to get the hang of at first. Mostly just controlling where the acetone runs so it won't smear the whole nail. Have fun and Keep Hacking!!