The Owl and the Pussycat (macro) - Hermit Werds - Freehand nail art of The Owl and the Pussycat by Lear with acrylic paints. The owl and the pussycat at sea in their pea green boat.

The Owl and the Pussycat

September 6, 2018 Lisa 0

Today I have a design inspired by a poem: “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear. For a brief period during and after high school I would read poetry and therefore be inspired to write my own. But it wasn’t something I cared about deeply so I drifted away Read More

Lady of the Bees 2.0 - Hermit Werds - blue bee fairy stamping decal and lilies on a red to pink fluid art base.

Lady of the Bees 2.0

August 30, 2018 Lisa 0

I try to at least paint two designs for #NailChallengeCollaborative’s month long themes, but this month was especially challenging because…pink/blue instead of food. You guys know how I feel about food. 😢 So I was sad and I wasn’t sure what to paint. I managed to get out a Pink Read More

DC Heros - Aquaman - Hermit Werds - green, scale-y, and trident-y nail art for DC's Aquaman with holographic glitter on top.

DC Heroes – Aquaman

August 30, 2018 Lisa 0

I just finished watching Justice League and–having watched Batman vs Superman previously–it was a little weird that Batman became the comic relief when Flash was also the comic relief and Affleck’s Batman was super dark originally. I wish they’d be more consistent with their character development. I did enjoy the Read More

Chocolate Mandala - Hermit Werds - accent nail mandalas in mustard, green, and berry shades with brown scattered holographic nails

Chocolate Mandala

August 29, 2018 Lisa 0

I tried a new Instagram challenge this time: @ColoursWithinWomen. When this group goes with a color theme, they want to see three nails of only that color and an accent nail. (No rules for thumbs though. Woo!) I have a lot of neglected brown polishes that for some reason I’m Read More

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

Black Bird/Black Dog - Hermit Werds - two black jelly nail art spelling out "bird" and "dog" with black birds and a dog

Black Bird/Black Dog

June 13, 2018 Lisa 0

Sometimes you create a theme that is just easy and fun to revisit. I stumbled across one in October last year with Black Cat. The idea is simple: 3-4 letter animal word, black jelly base, my favorite netting texture from KADS KADS 017, typewriter key letters, and black stamping images Read More

Blue Water Marble - Hermit Werds - blue water marble with four nail polishes

Blue Water Marble

May 27, 2018 Lisa 0

Since I’d so recently painted a monochrome blue mani I didn’t really want to have to go through that many test swatches again any time soon. But #WhenColoursCollide had a blue theme so I went with a crazy water marble, which is easier to pick colors for. I’m really happy Read More

Stars of the Orient - Hermit Werds - shimmery blue floral kimono stamping on a blue grey glitter filled background

Stars of the Orient

May 17, 2018 Lisa 0

The best weather for using thermal polishes is rapidly fading away so I thought it was time to use Shinespark’s “Snowfall” before it became too difficult to photograph in all its glory. And with my luck the day I used it was rather warm and I still had to dip Read More

Fields of Roses - Hermit Werds - nail art of red rose vines against a green holographic background

Fields of Roses

May 14, 2018 Lisa 0

#WhenColoursCollide was much more vigilant this time about people strictly sticking to the color prompt and to that I say, ‘Good for them!’ It felt like people were playing fast and loose with the prompts more and more, and it was time to rein it in. And, of course, it Read More

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