Quatrefoil Vampire Squid - Hermit Werds - vampire squid freehand painted over quatrefoil stamped deep ultramarine jelly polish
Quatrefoil Vampire Squid

Quatrefoil Vampire Squid

While the title of today’s nail art doesn’t trip off the tongue delightfully I thought painting a deep sea creature whose scientific name means “vampire squid from hell” to be quite appropriate for October. But the truth of the vampire squid is not horrific at all. According to this paper, the vampire squid feeds off of marine snow: a mixture of dead bodies, poop, and snot. Yep. Vampire squid be poop-eaters. Using two thread-like filaments, the vampire squid scours the oxygen depleted depths for bits of the tasty rain from above. It is only when it feels threatened that the squid turns itself inside out to show the spiky interior responsible for its name.

Despite how it’s described, I find the vampire squid to be adorable. It’s more like an adorable spiky umbrella with a fascinating mix of octopus and squid-like characteristics.

Quatrefoil Vampire Squid - Hermit Werds - vampire squid freehand painted over quatrefoil stamped deep ultramarine jelly polish
Quatrefoil Vampire Squid

I think I did a relatively decent job of painting this wonderful animal. I just wish my nails were longer so it could have been centered more!

Also, I think this is the last time I’m including Maniology’s name change notice. Hopefully everyone’s aware of it by now. 🙂

Quatrefoil Vampire Squid - Hermit Werds - vampire squid freehand painted over quatrefoil stamped deep ultramarine jelly polish
Quatrefoil Vampire Squid

#AZNailArtChallenge’s prompt is ‘Q’ is for Quatrefoil, which is where today’s pattern inspiration comes from. I thought I’d include a shot of just the quatrefoil, which is pretty handsome, even if I didn’t get perfect pickup. I do wish I’d had a larger quatrefoil pattern to use because the base polish is stunning and it mostly got covered up…

Quatrefoil - Hermit Werds - gold quatrefoil stamping over deep ultramarine jelly polish
Quatrefoil

So here’s a shot of the base polish: Ms Sparkle’s “Oh So Nifty!”. Oh, it’s so stunning and, I’m sorry to say for you, no longer available for purchase. So I guess that means this swatch photo is just me torturing everyone else with something they can’t have.

Sorry?

The polish dried dull like many jellies do, but I covered it with glossy top coat because that’s how I keep from destroying everything. :p

Ms Sparkle's "Oh So Nifty!" - Hermit Werds - swatch of deep ultramarine jelly with orange/green/yellow/gold chameleon flakies
Ms Sparkle’s “Oh So Nifty!”

 

Well, this was a great challenge prompt so check out all the individual photos at the group tag or just enjoy this lovely collage:

#AZNailArtChallenge - 'Q' is for Quatrefoil collage - Hermit Werds
#AZNailArtChallenge – ‘Q’ is for Quatrefoil collage

Sea Creatures and Fabric Patterns

This has become something of a trend so here’s a quick list of all the other combinations I painted before this one…

Pass the Puffer Fish - Hermit Werds - purple and grey plaid nail art with puffer fish decals on top
Pass the Puffer Fish
Paisley Whale - Hermit Werds - nail art with a dark blue and cream paisley pattern and two glittery gold whale accent nails
Paisley Whale
La-sea with a Chance of Sharks - Hermit Werds - nail art with elegant blue lace ocean with a great white shark stamped on top
La-sea with a Chance of Sharks
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