I really wanted to participate in this month’s #NailAddictsCollab. The theme was 2 Cwl 4 Skwl and since you’re supposed to include a bit about why you chose your subject, I really thought about what I wanted to say. At first I wanted to paint Bart Simpson nails because he definitly thinks he is too cool for school. But that wasn’t very personal. When I was in school I spent a large portion of my time in class reading other books. I did well enough grade-wise that I didn’t get my books taken away, but I probably should have read more non-fiction. Heh! So these nails feature a book with science fiction and fantasy themes in the background because by the time I hit junior high, I knew what books I liked. Bujold and Asimov. Anne McCaffery’s dragons of Pern (arguably science fiction). Meredith Pierce’s Firebringer* series and one of my all-time favorites: Tamora Pierce’s Lioness series (really want to re-read both series soon). Sweet memories and so many good books. I’ve included more superhero and paranormal books to my line of usual reads these days, but I still get plenty of all.
* Yes, I know Firebringer is not a grey unicorn.
I laid down my lightest color first (North Star) and then cut a very thin square of sponge and angled in the gradient on either side. Then I stamped appropriate patterns in white and layered decals with black lines on top. I kept the color palette very simple and fairly de-saturated. I think I managed to keep it fairly cohesive despite how many different stamping plates (and brands) I used, although I wish I had some flowing unicorn mane to stick under the lion’s feet to help anchor her.
- Base Polishes:
Poparazzi’s “Pick You Up at Seven”, Sinful Colors’ “Sail La Vie”, Sinful Colors’ Kylie Jenner “North Star”
- Stamping Polishes:
Mundo de Unas’ “Black” and “White”
- Advanced Stamping Polish:
Sinful Colors’ “Whiteboard” and “Sail La Vie”, Sinful Colors’ Kylie Jenner “North Star”, Sinful Colors’ Stoned Crystal Shimmer “Thera-pewter”, Zoya’s “Gemma”
- Stamping Plates:
Bundle Monster BM-S187 (dragon) and Time Machine BM-XL134 (stars, spacesuit), Harunouta L045 (unicorn, book), (UberChic Fairytale 01 (swirls), Winstonia W418 (lion rampant)
Items being used for the first time are listed in italics.
You can see I tried out my new macro lens for my phone. I need more practice, but I’m working on it! 😀
The lovely group organizers, Katie and Jo, have put together a collage of all the participants: