Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Slinky Malinki Cat Flaps for Digital Dozen does books

For my last book inspired mani, I've gone all out with some freehand painted nail art. I chose to paint the cover image from Slinky Malinki Cat Flaps.

I absolutely love the Slinky Malinki books.  For a family with several cats, this collection of children's books from Lynley Dodd has so many relateable stories that they became a bedtime favourite book with my kids.  

Also drawing my love to these books is the newest little addition to our household, who is about 6-7 weeks old. We have named him Inky, and he is a tiny little black kitty who we are sure will grow up and be very similar in appearance to Mr Slinky Malinki.
Slinky Malinki was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat.  He had bright yellow eyes and a warbling wail, and  a kink at the end of his very long tail. 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Don't let the pigeon drive the bus for Digital Dozen does books

I have some more nail art inspired by kids books, because as a mum of school aged kids, their books out number my books in the household.  This was a book of my daughters when she was younger, it's a cute story about a pigeon that wants to drive the bus and tries to come up with a bunch of different ways to try to convince you to let it.

Loving how the nail art looks against the book cover from a distance. Not loving it so much up close because of my messy lines.  

Was nice to pull out some older Ulta3 shades for this mani. The neutral shade was called Allure and the blue was Soft Hydrangea.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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One ring to rule them all for Digital Dozen does books

Today's book themed nail art is from Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring.  I probably should have just stuck with a regular gold foil nail polish, like Amazeballz from Lacquistry,  Which I did start with, but I then decided to add some more pizzazz, and added a layer of Enchanted Polish Austin Powers.  Photographing this in the sun didn't help either, as all that amazing holo goodness that is in Austin Powers just shines through, but in the shade these looked pretty amazing, like gold foil.

I did the elvish script by hand. I wish I was able to make it a little smaller  and finer, but this is all I could manage when painting with nail polish.  I've seen a few stamping plates that actually have the elvish print written in script, but unfortunately I don't have any of those plate, so free hand it is!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar nail art for Digital Dozen does books

No introductions necessary here I'm sure.  This little guy is very recognizable, and also very easy to paint as nail art. Yay for easy nail art.

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar was my little boy's favourite book when he was one year old.  I have such an adorable photo of my husband reading this book to him, with him sitting on his lap with a look of wonder in his face.  In fact I also made a Very Hungry Caterpillar cake for his first birthday.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

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Digital Dozen does books

It was a public holiday here in Canberra today, which meant not only did I manage to get out and about with the family for some Canberra day morning celebrations, but I also managed to finish off my Digital Dozen nail art for this week, and edit all the photos.  I can't remember the last time I actually had all five manis ready to post at the beginning of the week with no rush to try and finish any. Yay me!

To start the week off, instead of going with any specific book for the prompt, I stuck with books in general, and stamped some text and a little book shelf image.  Both of these images are off a really old Vivid nail stamping plate.

The base polish is You're so Vain-illa from OPI, which is such a nice base shade for nail art if you don't fancy doing a white base.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

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Sweater knit nails for Digital Dozen does texture

Al-rightly now, I've managed to make it to day 3. I've wanted to try this sort of design for a while now, and of course a Digital Dozen prompt is the best way to get started.

Firstly, don't these sweater knit nails look like they are a little bit soft and fluffy.  Well let me tell you they are any but soft and fluffy. These things feel bullet proof.  

I started with a PVA glue base, with the hopes of being able to peel this off later. That is because I used gel polish. This is a grey shade from Australian brand Gelicious.  I did two thin coats of this grey shade, curing in between.  I don't have a matte top coat gel polish, and as it turns out my OPI Matte top coat is 100% totally empty. I need a new bottle. So to get the matte base I used Nailtek foundation III, as it has a nice matte finish.  

I then painted each nail one at a time with the knit pattern using a fine brush. Before curing it, and before the gel polish self levels too much, I sprinkled some acrylic nail powder of my nail. That stuff is so fine it's almost like talc.  Then you just tap off the excess powder and cure. Really it's very easy, but because of the gel polish and acrylic powder, they are so damn hard and really quite rough.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Glass caviar bead nail art for Digital Dozen does Texutre

It’s day two, and I’ve bumped up the texture, but only did it on two nails per hand (you can’t see my thumb).  But even still, OMG these caviar bead drove me insane!  In fact as soon as I got home from work that day I removed the caviar beads from my nails and redid those four fingers just as a regular three colour gradient.  Actually you can't even tell there is a gradient behind the beads I've not realised! I then ended up wearing that mani for five days.  

Pretty Serious polishes wear so well on me.  I had zero tip wear on this at the end of the five days, and only messed them up because I was trying to remove Sharpie marker numbers of my kids arms and legs after participating in the Weetbix Try-athalon on the weekend.  It wouldn't budge with isopropyl alcohol, so ended up using acetone on them.

Despite me loathing how these felt on my nails, I actually did quite like the appearance.  These are pale pink glass caviar beads that I got in the Ulta3 nail art box about 5 years go. When you catch them in the right light, they reflect the light back out and end up giving off a reflective glow, just like road signs at night.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Textured gradient with stamping - Digital Dozen does Texture

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, here we are back at More Nail Polish central for another Digital Dozen week. Thank goodness for these once a month prompts to keep me posting here. I still have a memory card full of nail art that is unedited and consequently unposted, maybe one day it will turn up here.

This weeks theme for Digital Dozen is quite hideous. Texture.  Now I'm the type of girl that wears her nail art. I rarely just paint it onto four nails photograph it and move on. I'm an all ten nails kinda girl.  Ten nails with textured polish on them is really just awful. It's like having unfiled rough nail tips on every nail that snag on bits of fabric and end up with bits of fluff.  I've only done three manis so far for this prompt, and I'm just not sure I'm gonna get to all five and the texture is torture.

For this first mani I've used two textured polishes. Zoya Solange and OPI Jinx. I then stamped over them.  The gradient is ok, even if it's rough, but my stamping is bloody shoddy, I'm out of practice.  Go check out Tracey from Olivia Jade Nails, cause that girl can stamp!

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