31DC2016 Inspired by a Book – Sailor Moon

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When I was little, I would watch Sailor Moon every afternoon after school, and years later I finally read the manga and loved it. It’s still one of my favorite anime/manga, so when I saw a Born Pretty Sailor Moon stamping plate, I had to have it!  Continue reading

31DC2015 Inspired by a Book – Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle is both one of my favorite movies and books. I own the movie (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) and have seen it many times. But only this year did I have the opportunity to read the book written by Diana Wynne Jones that the movie is inspired by. I love both versions and considered doing this design for the movie prompt, but since Howl’s castle looks different depending on the version, I thought the one I drew matched the book’s description better. I also took some inspiration from the book’s cover for the background, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The swirls on top of the grass and sky give it a whimsical feel. My castle’s a bit messy, but I think the idea gets across :)

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Revlon Dreamer
Fresh Paint Steampunk
Sinful Colors Broadway Star
Color Club Edie
Sinful Colors High Strung

31DC2014 Inspired by a Book: 2001 A Space Odyssey

 

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The most recent book I’ve read is Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, so I thought it would be fun to do some nail art inspired by it. I think this one, like the Winnie the Pooh design I did yesterday, could go in either the movie or book category. I like both the book and movie versions of 2001 and was tempted to try to recreate some scenes, but decided to go a more abstract route. The colorful backgrounds on the thumb, index, and middle fingers make me think of when Bowman travels through the Star Gate (especially in the movie version), and I love those in contrast to the Star Child and (matte) monolith nails. By the way, the words are “TMA-1,” “HAL 9000,” “Discovery,” and “Japetus.”

I thought I was going to have a harder time writing the words (I used a striping polish) but I had a surprisingly good amount of control with the brush – the Neiru Workshop definitely helped.

Kleancolor Neon Yellow
Sinful Colors Hot & Sour
Sally Girl Epic
L.A. Colors Circuits
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme
Sinful Colors Nail Art Be My Valentine, Simple But Fun, Me First, Anxious Azure
L.A. Colors Art Deco Flamingo
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink

31DC2014 Inspired by a Movie: Winnie-the-Pooh

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of the 31 Day Challenge, and hopefully finish it before the year actually ends!

I LOVE how this nail art turned out, and since the design is pretty simple, it didn’t take me long at all. As you can probably tell, it’s based on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, though I also drew inspiration from Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, which I love even more than the movies.

I used black acrylic paint for the outlines and white acrylic paint for some corrections, but the base is Ciaté Snow Virgin, a very bright white. I wanted to give it the feel of being on a page, so I kept my colors to a minimum, using Sparitual Intention, a pretty, sparkly red, for Pooh’s shirt. I gave the balloon a watercolor effect by mixing some polish thinner into Sephora by OPI Natural Environ-mint to sheer it out. I decided to go matte with top coat, using Revlon Matte Top Coat.

31 Day Challenge 2013: Inspired by a Book

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My nails for today’s challenge aren’t inspired by one specific book, but Agatha Christie books in general. I love mystery, and lately I’ve been watching a ton of Poirot and Marple episodes, so I thought this would be a great way to represent them on my nails.

Poirot’s Moustache (thumb & middle)
Sinful Colors Athens (dusty green), Cabana (dusty red)

Miss Marple’s Knitting (ring)
Sparitual Shoot for the Stars
Wet ‘n’ Wild On a Trip
Sinful Colors Mauve, Seaweed, Athens

Bottle of Poison (index)
Kleancolor Mango Burst, Bikini Green

Dripping Blood (little)
Sinful Colors Grecian Sun
Revlon Parfumerie China Flower (I love this color and it’s super shiny! Although the floral smell doesn’t last too long, it’s pleasant.)

I also used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme.

Art Deco/Great Gatsby Inspired Nails

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I went to see The Great Gatsby a couple of days ago with a friend (I loved it by the way!), and did these nails inspired by the book. I’m not entirely sure if the design would be considered art deco though.

The blue I used is Sinful Colors’ Most Sinful from the new “Sinful Shine” line. I love this blue and have been looking for this color for a while. As for the shine part, once dried, I didn’t see any high shine that was that different from other polishes I have. Not sure if it’s just my perception, but I just didn’t find it was that shiny; although you could get away without top coating it if you wanted.

The gold is Art Club’s Fine Gold striper. The white is NYC’s French White Tip. I don’t think I’ll be buying this white again, I find it difficult to work with as it goes on streaky, unless you apply it quickly. I notice this happens more when I apply it over a base (Milani’s Base Coat) as opposed to the natural nail, but I don’t want to stop using my base.

I layered two green polishes on the little finger (inspired by the green light!): Sinful Colors’ San Francisco and Wet n Wild Fastdry’s Ocean Grotto.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a Book

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For this challenge I chose to use the Madeline books as inspiration. I really loved the series as a child and the drawing style.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
Sinful Colors Stripers Time Off, Sunset, No More
Hurricane Striper Yellow
S&C Beige