I Voted 2018 - Hermit Werds - patriotic United States of America voting nails with flag US reference painted with sharpie marker ink

We Voted

November 7, 2018 Lisa 0

Whether you like the results of yesterday’s voting or not, I hope you voted. I know I will never take a midterm election lightly again. Stupid younger self. Since my state didn’t include a sticker in their absentee ballots, I painted this for myself on myself… Re-usable white gel base Read More

Happy Birthday, Neha! - Hermit Werds - multichrome birthday nails for Neha

Neha’s Birthday

October 6, 2018 Lisa 0

It’s Neha’s (@nehabothra) birthday today. So Happy Birthday to a lovely and talented friend! Caroline (@tinkerbell1970s) and Snigdha (@nailpaintreview) organized a group to celebrate with holographic or flakie nail art and most of us tried to use Neha’s favorite colors (blue and purple). I tapped both a bit with this Read More

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

Bunnies in Black - Hermit Werds - neon shooting stars behind weird suited bunnies with a UFO overhead

Bunnies in Black

July 20, 2018 Lisa 0

Sometimes you just get a funny idea in your head and you have to do it. I had a stamping plate with these weird suited bunnies and they gave me a brain worm that I just couldn’t shake. I had to riff off of Men in Black with them. I’m Read More

The Robots Remain - Hermit Werds - nail art of little robots against a galactic sky of stars

The Robots Remain

June 29, 2018 Lisa 0

It’s been a while since I used the polishes from Sinful Colors’ Luxe Fragments collection. I love their bright jelly formulas and the flakes of glitter sponged over a sheer white gel polish really pop. I used gradient stamping to add my stars so they could fade into the background 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

Metallic Stars - Hermit Werds - water marble nail art with a rainbow of metallic polishes and silver star outlines

Metallic Stars

May 16, 2018 Lisa 0

@nailsmyth posted an amaaazing metallic water marble using KleanColor polishes and I had them so I really wanted to try my hand at it too. The water marbling gods were not with me even with the humidifier on. The polishes were just drying too fast for me to get any 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

Happy New Year (2018) - Hermit Werds - black and silver firework stamping on a blurple background

Happy New Year! (2018)

January 2, 2018 Lisa 2

Well, I didn’t post these on New Years, but the base polish was on my nails! And, really, that’s the problem. Because the indie maker of Bee’s Knees Lacquer will tell you that this polish is a nail art community favorite for good reasons and I had a hard time Read More

Butterfly Flag - Hermit Werds - the American Flag as seen through a butterfly's wing

Butterfly Flag

September 28, 2017 Lisa 0

It’s the twenty-eighth day of the #31DC2017 and I am combining the prompt of Inspired by a Flag with #nailsunitedseptchallenge’s Butterfly. I seriously thought about doing a butterfly flag. Last year I chose to base my manicure on Japan’s flag. I’m just not feeling it, America. But I decided to Read More

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