Ever since I painted this design, people have been asking me if I play chess. The short answer is no, although I vaguely remember the basic rules from when I was taught them a long time ago. The last time I did any sort of chess game was online with a friend in the late 90s. My claim to fame was beating my brother, who is nine years older than me, shortly after he taught me how to play the game at the age of 7. I know he didn’t let me win because he wasn’t too happy about that one!
The inspiration for my chess themed nails comes from the checkerboard pattern on plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An.
In retrospect, I would have painted the checkerboard by hand to get the lines more exact and consistent, but I didn’t have a lot of time to paint that night. More about that in a bit.
I want to also point out that it’s super hard to get a checkerboard pattern like this one all even and precise if you use a squishy stamper. The softer head makes it easy to stamp over curvy nail beds, but it also distorts the pattern as it transfers. So you can see the difference, I used my Konad stamper on my ring finger, but I didn’t scrape the plate very well so it picked up everything. It’s funny because I’m so used to other stampers being more forgiving in that sense.
In any case, I know I did a hack job of the stamping, but it’s only the background so…
I was going to use Dazzle Dry Top Coat, but it started smudging my stamping with the first stroke, so I quickly changed plans. Just remember that not every top coat will work with every manicure!
Hope you enjoyed reading about how to hide a bad stamping job. 😉 Happy polishing!