Monday, October 10, 2011

Newspaper Nails

This is my first attempt on Newspaper Nails. A lot of women have done this and decided to do it too. It looks very edgy. I love it and it's very easy to do.

I used the following:

Base Coat
Bobbie Diamond Gay
Newspaper Cut Outs
Rubbing Alcohol
Small Bowl
Pair of Tweezers
Top Coat

Let's start! From couple of old newspapers, I began cutting words such as love, hope, peace, strong, etc. Yes! I cut out words not inch strips of newspapers. I wanted this design to be a bit different from the normal newspaper nails we have already seen. The varied font types add more edginess. However, this is more time-consuming than cutting newspaper strips. I also cut a crossword puzzle solution and divided it into two smaller pieces for my thumbs. Once you have enough newspaper cut outs, around 40 words, gather the other materials.

I always paint my nails with a base coat to prevent it from yellowing. For the base color, you may use any light colored nail polish, this will make the newspaper ink stand out. I chose gray and applied two coats of Caress Diamond Gay as my base color. Let it completely dry, I watched a couple of movies. After my movie marathon, it's time to transfer the newspaper ink onto my nails. Pour rubbing alcohol on a small bowl, dip the newspaper cut outs on it using a pair of tweezers. Make sure it's completely wet, place it on your nail and press firmly for 30 seconds. Remove the paper and you'll see the ink has transferred. I used 2 or 3 cut outs depending on the nail for the first layer. To achieve an overlapping design of words, put a clear top coat on your first layer and let it dry. Once it's dry you can transfer the newspaper ink again by repeating the same steps. The most important part of this process is to make sure the nail polishes has completely dried before you start the ink transfer. We don't want smudges, right?

This design is also for Pam of Polishpolice, she posted on Instagram of a sick Sunday. I hope she gets well soon! I am very grateful that she listed me as one of her Polish Chiefs on her blog. Thank you, Pam!

Newspaper nails is another kind of reuse.

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Swirly Nails

Hello my dear readers! I apologize for my lack of posting, I encountered a lot of power outages and intermittent internet connection due to Typhoon Pedring, I pray for all those who were severely affected.

Here's my last nail design for my franken nude nail polish. My nude polish phase is now over.

I used the following:

Base Coat
Franken Nude nail polish
White Acrylic Paint
Top Coat
Striping Brush

I always start with a base coat then I painted 2 coats of my franken nude nail polish. For the swirly designs I used a white acrylic paint and a striper brush. The swirly designs are different on each nail, this was inspired on a swirly notebook border I found. I'm fond of getting inspirations from anything I see may it be a book, gift wrapper, box or even a fabric.

I hope you enjoyed this nude polish series as much as I did.

"Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking." - Mahatma Gandhi

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