31 Day Challenge 2016 - Final
31 Day Challenge 2016 - Final

31 Day Challenge – 2016’s Summary – Nail Art

I’ve been meaning to write up this post ever since I finished the challenge. I learned a lot from it. It forced me to keep moving and trying new things. I dotticure-d, used water decals and nail foil, covered a nail completely with rhinestones and water marbled for the first time. None of these techniques were as hard as I thought they would be. I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to do them if I weren’t pressed for time and yet desperate to not look like a one-trick pony. I think you’ll see that nail stamping (especially advanced nail stamping) is still my favorite technique.

Q is for Quack - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (Red) - Hermit Werds
1. Red
Orange - 31 Day Challenge - Hermit Werds
2. Orange
Yellow - 31 Day Challenge - Hermit Werds
3. Yellow
Green - 31 Day Challenge - Hermit Werds
4. Green
Blue - 31 Day Challenge - Hermit Werds
5. Blue
Violet - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
6. Violet
Black and White - 31 Day Challenge Nail Art - Hermit Werds
7. B&W

Metallic - Hermit Werds
8. Metallic

Steampunk Rainbow - 31 Day Challenge (rainbow) - Hermit Werds
9. Rainbow

Gradient - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
10. Gradient

Polka Dots - 31 Day Challenge - Hermit Werds
11. Dots

R is for Rubber Ducky - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (Stripes) - Hermit Werds
12. Stripes

Snake Skin - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge (animal print) - Hermit Werds
13. Animal Print

Flower - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
14. Flowers

S is for Steampunk - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (delicate) - Hermit Werds
15. Delicate Print

Geometric Kiwi Bird - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
16. Geometric

Glitter Skeletons - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
17. Glitter

Half Moon - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
18. Half Moon

Galaxy - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
19. Galaxy

Watermarble - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
20. Water Marble

T is for TIme - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (color) - Hermit Werds
21. Color

Nightmare Before Christmas - 31 Day Challenge (song) - Hermit Werds
22. Song

Beetlejuice - 31 Day Challenge (movie) - Hermit Werds
23. Movie

Dracula - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge (book) - Hermit Werds
24. Book

Steampunk Fashion - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Hermit Werds
25. Fashion

Abalone - 31 Day Challenge (pattern) - Hermit Werds
26. Pattern

Chinese Opera - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge (art) - Hermit Werds
27. Art

Japan's Flag - Hermit Werds
28. Flag

U is for Undead - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (supernatural) - Hermit Werds
29. Supernatural

Color Paints - 31 Day Challenge (tutorial) - Hermit Werds
30. Tutorial

C is for Crane - ABC Nail Art Challenge - 31 Day Challenge (honour) - Hermit Werds
31. Nails You Love

Well, that’s it: 31 Days of nail art. And with all the practice and new techniques it took, the most important thing I learned is that I am happiest when I let myself have time to enjoy my work. I loved a lot of the nail art I did, but I only got to enjoy it for a short time. I managed to extend it by doing one on each hand, but it still made me unhappy to have to remove it so soon. The pace also forced me to declare “done” nail art that I was not proud of. So while it was a learning experience I would not give up, I am happy to say that this is the only time I will be doing this particular challenge.

The challenges I am planning on doing this year are: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas, 30 Days of Colour, and Inktober (which is not nail art). I will also probably do the ABC Challenge again (even if it isn’t being officially run this year).

I am also trying to complete an Origami Daily Calendar (daily progress posted here). I’ve decided to give it two months before I decide on whether or not it’s something I want to do alllll year or if I just want to skip ahead to the patterns I’m most interested in and call it good. I have a lot of hobbies and origami is never going to be a major one, so we’ll see. 🙂

Edit: I ended up finishing the 31 Day Challenge in 2017 as well, but that’s the last time, I swear!

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