31DC – Day 6: Violet & Day 7: Black and White

I hit some of my highest notes early on in the 31-day challenge. I wanted to try mixing some techniques, and nothing creates a more striking effect than a simple bold lined pattern. Day 6: Violet The base for this design was a “smoosh” of four nail polishes, made by dabbing blobs of polish onto…

31 Day Challenge – Day 4: Green & Day 5: Blue

For the next two days of the 31DC, I decided to try some finer line painting. As you can see from Day 1, I was inadvertently following a nature theme of sorts – fruit, feathers, grains? – so for the blue and green days I tried not to go for the obvious. Characters in color For…

31 Day Challenge – Day 3: Yellow

Corn nails. What can I say about these? Well, they are corn nails. Corn, on my nails. Except painted, not real. That would be gross. Beyond that? I think they speak for themselves. Bring on the corn puns. Go on. BRING ‘EM. Freehanded over China Glaze’s Metro Pollen-tin. Made with love and a soupcon of “why-the-hell-not?”. I really…

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge – Day 1: Red & Day 2: Orange

Every year the very talented Sarah of Chalkboard Nails puts together a 31-day nail art challenge. Not only do I love any excuse to do nail art, but this sort of marathon challenge really appeals to my 8-time-NaNoWriMo-veteran brain. So obviously I’m all over this. Here’s the gist. Every day throughout September (plus 1) there’s…

Nail art heroes collaboration: update

Hey remember that Instagram collaboration I started where a bunch of us got together and recreated manis from our “nail art heroes”? It’s in its fourth iteration! And this month’s was the biggest yet… Here it is… The #nailartheroes collab August edition! This is the biggest collab we've ever had. 18 participants! All these wonderful ladies…

New logo

I was graciously invited to paint nails at an upcoming community event. To advertise this on the posters, I needed to come up with a logo, a task completely foreign to me. My use of Photoshop has previously been limited to cropping, and curving that little watermark around my cuticles in photos. Fortunately, I am in possession…