Paisley Whale

August 2, 2018 Lisa 0

Today I bring you paisley and whales! Why? Well, #NailsWithIgFriends’ July host, Caroline (@gidwaney), picked Paisley and I just randomly added whales because it felt like a good idea at the time. This is the second time I’ve combined a large oceanic animal with a common fabric type/pattern in less Read More

Unicorns Choose Mint Chocolate Chip - Hermit Werds - ice cream and unicorn nail art featuring mint chocolate chip, strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate with sprinkles scoops of ice cream on a cone

Unicorns Choose Mint Chocolate Chip

July 19, 2018 Lisa 0

It’s time for ice cream nail art! So I finally dug out my Turtle Tootsie ice cream polishes and used them for an ice cream mani. I’m actually pretty pleased that I used them all for something else first because it shows I was right to pick them. Versatile, that’s Read More

The Fanciest Paisley (macro) - Hermit Werds - ornate golden and cranberry paisley nail art

The Fanciest Paisley + Welcome to Hell

June 8, 2018 Lisa 0

I usually stick to one nail art:one blog poast, but things are getting backed up so we’re going to have a few two-fer posts in the next week. Today we’re talking about my nail art for #GlamNailsChallenge’s Paisley (The Fanciest Paisley) and #26GreatNailArtIdeas’ Dry or Drag Marble (Welcome to Hell). Read More

Embrace the Night - Hermit Werds - harlequin pattern made with rhombus sequins and a strange golden dancer wearing a mask

Embrace the Night – An Exploration in Glitter Placement

February 28, 2018 Lisa 0

This mani was for #TheInspirationChallenge on Instagram. It gave me an excuse to play with some rhombus sequins that I had just purchased to make a harlequin pattern. I’d also like to pretend these are my Mardi Gras nails. Sequins are so shiny and wonderful, but one thing I’ve learned Read More

Orchid Damask - Hermit Werds - gold and purple damask pattern decorated with rhinestones and caviar beads and magenta orchids

Orchid Damask

January 24, 2018 Lisa 2

Sometimes I forget that different challenges have different turnaround times for releasing the collage of participants. And since you’re not supposed to post your nail art until it’s done, well, this was a bad combination of challenges. I combined #TheInspirationChallenge with #26GreatNailArtIdeas (3D Embellished). This is probably the first and Read More

Unicorn of Winter - Hermit Werds - silvery ice unicorn design with golden snowflakes

Unicorn of Winter

January 12, 2018 Lisa 2

Last season I painted a Unicorn of Fall mani with a plump little unicorn full of the harvests of the season. Today I have for you a Unicorn of Winter full of snow, ice, and clear, crisp air. I started with a cool silver base, added some goldeen snowflakes, and Read More

Squash It Good - Hermit Werds - red/orange reciprocal gradient made with leaves

Squash It Good

November 23, 2017 Lisa 0

It has been a long time since I attempted a reciprocal gradient. In fact, I’d have to check my photos to even see if I have done one since I started this blog. I had no idea what I was going to do but, since most nail artists seemed to Read More

Dragon Quilt - Hermit Werds - a quilt pattern with holographic polishes and eastern dragons

Dragon Quilt and Vampiric Snacking

September 29, 2017 Lisa 0

Through lots and lots of swatches, stamping, and trimming, we have achieved a dragon quilt which covers both the #AZNailArtChallenge (quilt), the last prompt from #FireDazedChallengeSept (dragon), and #26GreatNailArtIdeas (Your Signature Style). What do I consider to be my signature style? Too much of too much. LOL I painted these Read More

Geometric Autumn - Hermit Werds - geometric autumn patterns on chameleon holo powder

Geometric Autumn

September 15, 2017 Lisa 2

Well, I finally dug out my Born Pretty Chameleon Holo Flakes Powder pot and some no-light gels and top coat to see if I could make it work. Results were patchy and I really, really hate the black. It’s gotten very goopy very quickly and takes three coats for full Read More

Blind Men and a Kirin - Hermit Werds - collaged kirin anatomy: antler, chest, back, tail, and leg

Blind Men and a Kirin

September 1, 2017 Lisa 0

So what do you do if you’re me and you have Unicorns (#ggfnachallenge) and Oriental (#AZNailArtChallenge) prompts for your last nail art of the year? You decide to paint a kirin of course and theme it along the tale of the Blind Men and an Elephant. And then instead of Read More

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