After feeling so unsatisfied about my Matrix nails, I decided to look through my plate collection once again to try to find new inspiration. This time I focused on the cube design on Cheeky Jumbo Plate 10 because it reminded me of Q*bert, a game I really sucked at because my age was in the single digits when I first saw my brothers playing it. Q*bert was also featured in Wreck It Ralph and more recently in Pixels.
Cheeky Jumbo Plate 10. I used the cube design 2 rows from the bottom and 3 columns from the right.
Obviously I wanted to paint Q*bert, so I planned to put him on my thumbnail so that I could make him big enough to stand out. I also decided to paint Coily, the snake who is out to get Q*bert on the board during game play, so I planned to put him on my ring finger. To make the characters stand out, I used a plain black polish as a backdrop. I wanted to put the cubes on the other nails, so for a base, I used yellow polish, decided to stamp with a blue one, and colored in the other squares with a red polish.
The color line up from left to right: b.m.c. nail lacquer- royal blue, Sephora by OPI- What’s a Tire Jack?, Sephora by OPI- Cab Fare, Sephora by OPI- And A Cherry On Top.
I painted the base colors first.
Buzzing around with yellow and black polish.
Cab Fare takes 3 coats of polish to look opaque, so I needed to wait for that to dry before I could do any stamping. I used the time to paint Q*bert and Coily instead.
For the characters, I used acrylic paint by Craft Smart and various sized detail brushes. You can follow the painting process in the photos below.
Q*bert step-by-step photo tutorial.
Coily step-by-step photo tutorial.
A note on Coily- I know he’s supposed to have more coils, but I don’t have long enough fingernails to paint the extra loops! I think you get the picture, though.
All that was left to be done was the stamping. I tried using all 3 of the stampers that I own to save time, but I have to say that the Konad stamper still works the best. In any case, after stamping the pattern, I filled in the striped boxes with And A Cherry On Top. I used the mini bottle of polish for this because I turned the brush for this bottle into a striping brush awhile ago (just cut off 3/4 of the bristles from the original brush). If you do this yourself, you can use a dotting tool or a detail brush to fill in the red boxes.
Coloring in red boxes on a Konad stamper.
After transferring the pattern to my nails, here is the finished look:
Q*bert and Coily amidst their cubes.
For those keeping track of which stampers work the best, the Konad stamper was used for the pointer finger, a large and squishy stamper from Amazon was used for the middle finger, and a stamper from Born Pretty Store was used on the pinky. You can see that the Konad stamper picked up every detail without a problem. You can read the original review of these stampers here.
This is maybe not the cutest mani that I’ve done, but it certainly evokes a lot of nostalgia for the 80s and arcade games! I might decide to revisit Q*bert again because I’ve decided that an all hand-painted design is more preferable to a half hand painted and half stamped one- at least for me. But if you love gaming and don’t want to let Pac Man steal all the 80s thunder, Q*bert is a great option. Have fun!